B.A. Thesis of Hornäcker Max Samuel
Faculty of Design and Art
Free University of Bolzano
Supervisor: Harald Thaler
Second supervisor: Matteo Moretti
Perception is often far from reality, particularly in an era in which fake news and unverified information are distributed globally with no semblance of control. The most significant consequence is a distorted perception of reality, as the public opinion is built upon information and assumptions gathered from channels of misinformation and fake news, invoking an increase in stereotyping and prejudice in public thought and everyday discourse, in particular against foreigners. The resulting opinions are hard to debunk as their longevity is rooted in years of misperception, but is there any truth to this xenophobic anti-immigrant rhetoric? Do they really steal our jobs? Are we experienced an invasion or maybe even an Islamization? The aim of this thesis project is to provide more transparent information about the Italians and migrants phenomenon, through tangible data-telling objects in the public space, in particular about the situation in Italy on a more general level. The aim is to give perspective on this phenomenon and provide a straightforward means to see the reality behind the figures and public perception.
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