by Cora McKenzie

Landscapes, climate, and today’s current age—the Anthropocene—all share one feature: they have been shaped by humans. My MFA thesis, Anthropo–Scenes, investigates our species’ impact on Earth through a body of work that uses personal narratives to ground the complexities of the Anthropocene.

Featuring thousands of curated tweets linked by the #anthropocene, this immersive piece served as the culminating installation of my thesis project. These collective messages reveal a global dialogue that connects people of different ages and backgrounds. Reflecting the Anthropocene’s immense scale, this project challenges viewers to assign their own meaning to this new age.

My process for this installation centered around collecting tweets featuring the #anthropocene over a period of 6+ months. Content was then distilled and typeset with a single versatile type family—Halyard—on 17 banners, each measuring 10.5' tall. Type is cramped and heavy at the top—much like how abstract and overwhelming the Anthropocene can be—then is clarified as viewers interact with the lower portion of each banner. Each tweet is flanked by the author's username and date of tweet, offering a sense of connection with the text.


Bronze in Typography 2021, Student

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Lead Designer

Cora McKenzie

University or Design School

Maryland Institute College of Art

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Design Team

Designer, Curator: Cora McKenzie Thesis Advisor, Program Director: Jennifer Cole Phillips Thesis Advisor: Ellen Lupton Thesis Advisor: Elaine ...

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Individual Credits

Designer, Curator: Cora McKenzie
Program Director, Thesis Advisor: Jennifer Cole Phillips
Thesis Advisor: Ellen Lupton