Designing for Divorce: New Rituals and Artifacts for an Evolving World

Yang Soon Ju



Statement: Our interactions with objects build cultural codes, reflecting lifestyles, values, and identities beyond functional expectations. Within contemporary consumer environments, we access homogenized material cultures for rituals to mark important events, such as births, marriages, and deaths. What will happen to our cultural codes and diverse traditions when various cultural norms become homogenized? This research investigates globalized material cultures to discover metaphoric comparisons and conceptual frameworks to address evolving cultural conditions.

A divorce, similar to a wedding, is a transitional moment. However, it hasn’t been formally ritualized in a comparable manner. This thesis focuses on the ritualization of divorce by combining speculative design with semiotic, hybrid, idiosyncratic approaches to future scenarios for emerging multi-cultural contexts. This research aims to explore how artifacts and rituals can help people cope with transitional events.

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