𝖁𝖎𝖗𝖙𝖚𝖆𝖑 𝕱𝖆𝖓𝖙𝖆𝖘𝖞 is a proposition in opposition to virtual reality. Fantasy is essential to queer survival; we daydream to escape the hetero-normative structures we’ve been forced to live within — imagining new futures without binaries, linearity, or traditional notions of success. By exploring immersion, escapism, and agency in our virtual worlds through a queer lens, 𝖁𝕱 offers a reframing of our relationship to VR — embracing digital spaces and their potential to imagine new futures and possibilities, while remaining present in the world around us, as we are here in our bodies, now.

An MFA Thesis by Joey Petrillo; Rhode Island School of Design, 2023.

Advised by Paul Soulellis, Kathleen Sleboda, Keira Alexandra,
Bethany Johns, Anne West, and Pouya Ahmadi.

Special thanks to the RISD Graphic Design MFA class of 2023:

Ben Denzer
Harshal Duddalwar
Lian Fumerton-Liu
Dougal Henken
Serena Ho
Ian Keliher
Mina Kim
Karan Kumar
Sun Ho Lee
Halim Lee
Moritz Lónyay
Jenni Oughton
Zoë Pulley
Sadia Quddus
Zach Scheinfeld
Ingrid Schmaekecke
Jack Tufts