Date of Award

Spring 4-15-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Timothy Nichols

Second Advisor

Dawn Haynie

Third Advisor

Stan Anderson


This thesis explores how information and communication technology creates activity fragmentation within the interior built environment. This paper analyzes the work of psychologists, philosophers, architects, artists, designers, and others who have considered our relationship to physical space as well as how technological advancements alter our behavior and perspective. In addition to reviewing current thinking on the topic, the research conducted also looks at how architects, artists, and designers, particularly of the late 20th century, responded to notions of fragmentation and disconnectedness often spawned by modernization. Through precedent analysis, a strong relationship between architectural design and installation art emerges. This thesis paper provides a foundation for a gallery installation that creates an experience for visitors, challenging their relationship to interior space.