Multi-media • Undergraduate thesis
Completed at OCAD University for the Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Publications Major
Of Fanfiction and Creating Space (OFACS) was my undergrad thesis project at OCADU during the 2018-2019 academic year with a focus on fanfiction/fandom. The project comprised of three components (i.e. creative writing, research, and art installation); this page displays two of them (research and art installation).
Zine collection • Studio and academic research
Completed at OCAD University
This component of my thesis informed my work on my original novella, Unconventional Rules (2019), and was presented in my final installation, [Fanfiction] Reading Corner (2019).
This support document synthesizes the majority of my studio and academic research for OFACS. It delineates my creation process from throughout the year, which led to producing my novella, Unconventional Rules.
It was presented as two printed zines for final exhibition.
Word Count: 1400+ (preview) / 3400+ (full)
Themes: Fandom and fanfiction, community collaboration, radical queer politics, polyamory
Major Warnings: Discussions of sexuality
Note: Minor discrepancies in format and spelling between this document and the printed publication from 2019 were done to correct mistakes missed before print.
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.
Unconventional Rules is a collection of short stories that are rewritten versions of anime fanfiction made with the support of intersecting fan groups. The accompanying installation, [Fanfiction] Reading Corner, was a reading space that encouraged viewers to sit and read Unconventional Rules and/or any of its supplementary materials.
These documents collect general information about fanfiction and fandom. It explains the context and vocabulary of fandom and helps create an understanding of what fanfiction is and can be. The information was meant to supplement my research in the main OFACS document and was mainly produced for exhibition visitors who wanted to know more about the genre and subculture.
This research was split into three zines with multiple copies:
See individual zines for specific word counts, themes, and warnings. The full rec list can be accessed online. The zines are also available for purchase on my Storenvy!
Art Installation • Undergrad thesis exhibition
Displayed at Gallery 1313 and OCADU GradEx
[Fanfiction] Reading Corner was designed to be a “reading corner” encouraging exhibition guests to take a seat and peruse any of the materials presented on the shelves and table. The installation was activated by viewers participating in a fannish practice: reading fanfiction.
This was the accompanying installation to my original fiction novella, Unconventional Rules (2019), and the final component of my undergrad thesis project, Of Fanfiction and Creating Space (2018-2019).
It was exhibited in the following shows:
Short story collection • Fanfiction and self-published novella
Fanfic hosted on Ao3 and Tumblr. Novella printed as a paperback novel.
The other component of my thesis was the creative writing deliverables: my self-published novella, Unconventional Rules (2019).