Ben Rubin


This document was submitted to fulfill the thesis requirement for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The following thesis introduction includes a Quick Response Code (QR) and a Universal Resource Locator (URL), both of which point the reader to a complex, interactive website housing an online version of the thesis and artwork. This thesis explores how the notetaking process can shape personal language as it bridges the contexts of education and art. The author appropriates the medium of notetaking and adapts it for the world of fine art. The project documents the various paths of all thirty graduating masters students from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS) who shared the Bevier Gallery for their thesis show in 2011. Through a combination of traditional and digital interactive media, the work reveals the experiential nature of notetaking, both in terms of the notetaker and the audience. The notes themselves are visual maps of conversations between the notetaker and his peers, taken in real-time and synchronized with accompanying audio and video recordings. Within this thesis, physical and web experiences blend together and become interdependent. The full library of these multimedia documents is shared in an online space and referenced throughout the online version of the thesis.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Rochester Institute of Technology. College of Imaging Arts and Sciences--Students; Note-taking--Interactive multimedia--Design; Diaries--Authorship--Interactive multimedia--Design; Web sites--Design

Publication Date


Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Quinsland, Larry

Advisor/Committee Member

Bell, Roberley


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: LB2395 .R82 2012


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