Of Fanfiction & Creating Space, 2018-2019

Undergrad thesis project

Abstract and excerpts

Multimedia project

This work was for my undergrad thesis at OCADU with a focus on fanfiction/fandom.


Abstract

The politics surrounding fandom—marketing and consumption, radical understandings of sexuality, positioning and inclusivity, among many more issues—inform the decisions that go into the final product of any transformative work. As a result, the fanfiction genre is often a productive space for representation through its racialization, queering, and disabling of established popular narratives. Within highly collaborative communities, fanfiction traditions allow for unconventional modes of creative writing.

As a long-time participant in fan communities, remix culture and transformative work (like fanfiction) has made an incredible impact, not only on me personally, but my professional practice. As such, I decided to dedicate my work and research to this topic.

Selected images from the project

During the second semester of my thesis year, I decided to use 11 of my fanfics from NaNoWriMo to revise into original fiction. What was produced was my first ever original novella, Unconventional Rules, a collection of short stories made with the support of intersecting fan groups. The accompanying installation, [Fanfiction] Reading Corner, is a reading space that encourages viewers to sit and read Unconventional Rules and/or any of its supplementary materials.

Both of these works were exhibited in the following shows:


Associated Work

Unconventional Rules (2019)
[Fanfiction] Reading Corner (Coming soon!) →
Kuroko no Chapbook (Coming soon!) →


Other links

NaNoWriMo profile →
Archive of Our Own profile →
Thesis Tumblr →
Illustration by Mookie →