MORPHOGENISIS–Z investigates the contemporary embodiment of today’s digital counterculture mapping out the new psychogeography of the internet. A space that was a utopian ideal in the 90s, becomes a relentless power-hungry weapon to be countered.
In his research, Joe Sahyouni explores the viability and legitimacy pertaining to the need for a new counterculture, a non-indexed, non-gamified and non-algorithmic vessel that could depressurize the digital habitat away from censorship, surveillance and data extraction of the mainstream stacks.
The result is an interactive online platform, documenting the birth of a new interdependent zone “The Dark Forest”, a sub-Clearnet space derived from the Darknet’s hacker’s ethos recuperating new forms of transgression. The Dark Forest theory, originally introduced by kick-starter co-founder Yancey Strickler and further theorized by Caroline Busta and Joshua Citarella, refers to the rise of platforms retaliating against the big stack spaces such as Google, Instagram, or Facebook.
A visual and experience designer specialized in context-driven design with a focus on typography, illustration, and bilingual design. A curious and intuitive individual, who believes in self-expression and cultural factors on design and technology, always aiming to create experiences and construct narratives through a creative process that is intelligent, meticulous, and stretches different media and design frameworks.
In contrast to creating a signature style, Joe has a commitment to developing a singular design approach that is inspired by a number of artistic influences that remain central to his design process.
Joe values collaboration hence the dedication to creating networks of creative individuals including music, film, creative coding, fashion, photography, and continues to take initiatives in contributing to projects that levitate the design community.
Running faster than lightning.
There is no such thing as good design, design is subjective as long as it serves purpose and functionality.
Coping with the ongoing covid-19 situation.
People and cultures.
Extensive research and a good understanding of context.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes, learn the rules and then break them.
To expand my media/technology knowledge and opportunities.
A spontaneous road trip.