The Mobius Strip: Traversing New Realities in Curatorial Design through Collage and Surrealism


The Mobius Strip: Traversing New Realities in Curatorial Design through Collage and Surrealism

My project considers the influence of collage, Surrealism and “the curative potential of psychoanalysis” (Soussloff 62) in graphic design.

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2020 has exerted a force for working digitally. With this in mind my research considers the convergence between traditional art forms and new technologies by proposing the Mobius Strip as an analogy that encapsulates and assists in uniting different processes (old and new) together. Although the primary focus for this research is the process of collage, it poses a framework to be used as an interdisciplinary tool that promotes change through new ways of thinking.

There are two sides to the Mobius Strip analogy; the analogue plane and the digital plane. When using collage as the prime example, the analogue plane pays homage to the traditional Surrealist technique of automatic drawing; a methodology used to promote unconscious practices that suppress conscious or rational control during the process of making. The digital plane considers a virtual type of automatism introduced through new technical translations of design and although cut and paste techniques are still present, the new digital translation traverses through multiple realities by utilising modern software that encourages practitioners to consider new aspects of design that were not readily available before, such as volume, compression, texture, material and moving image. Although they exist on separate planes, this research acknowledges their co-existence. It presents an interchangeable, hybridised process of analogue and digital working, which in turn creates a space for new forms of curation.

The combination, or interchangeability of these planes demonstrates a way that practice can move forward, and although the research primarily focuses on the process of collage, the framework lays a foundation that can be adapted to fit other creative disciplines. By exploring ways to traverse new realities, this research considers the impact on curatorial design. By ‘tapping into’ 4D realities, where the audience’s sensory perceptions are altered due to transgressed boundaries, this research presents new realities where the creator|curator is “no longer the bicycle of [their own] senses” (Aragon 1).

Lydia Krystyna Czolacz

University of Huddersfield


Lydia Czolacz is a graphic designer who explores the interdisciplinary relationship between Graphic Design and Art. Her practice explores unconscious methodologies leading to the creation of Surreal environments whilst embarking on a personal journey to combine her imagination with contemporary digital software.

The Mobius Strip: Traversing New Realities in Curatorial Design through Collage and Surrealism



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