In exploration of my chosen concept algorithm generated identities and it’s underlying link with claustrophobia, I decided on undertaking key background research on the topic of ‘claustrophobia’, its meanings and or representations to then justify my idea proposal in its narration of claustrophobia.

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Claustrophobia is defined as a fear of enclosed spaces (Fritscher 2014). The word claustrophobia comes from the Latin word claustrum which means “a shut in place” and Greek phobos meaning “fear”.

Claustrophobia is an anxiety disorder in which the sufferer has an irrational fear of having no escape or being closed-in. It frequently results in a panic attack and can be triggered by certain stimuli or situations, such as being in a crowded elevator, a small room without any windows or being in an airplane (Paddock and Nordqvist 2014).

The idea of claustrophobia being an enclosed space with no escape and idealised predominately through such as photography as small cramped in rooms, is specifically an idea I would like to portray in my graphic for this design iteration project. In doing so I will be using the image of a box (a square) to idealise claustrophobia; a box has no exit points and can also be represented visually as a room with a ceiling, floor and walls. In combining this idea with the performance of dance, I wish to enclose the dancers within a space or have the space even enclosing the dancer and or limiting them in some way.



Fritscher, L., 2014. Claustrophobia. About Health [online], 2 June 2014. Available from: [Accessed 9th December 2014].

Paddock, M. Nordqvist, C., 2014. What is claustrophobia? what causes claustrophobia?. Medical News Today [online], 26 September 2014. Available from: [Accessed 9th December 2014].


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