Alec Figuracion



Alec [b. 1992] is a graphic
+ filmmaker.

He was born and raised in the Philippines, and is currently based in Providence, RI where he is pursuing an MFA in Graphic Design at RISD as an extension of his creative practice alongside filmmaking. Here, he hopes to reconcile the many ways he wishes to tell stories and strives to better situate himself as a storyteller, a visual thinker and an individual keeping up with a turbulent world.


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Sometimes I Feel Like Walking

What does it mean to take a walk in our digital landscapes, specifically web mapping platforms such as Google Street View? What tensions arise between the murkiness of our personal constructions of a place and the resolution of the panoramic digital map; between our eye-level perception of the world and the view of it from above?

Sometimes I Feel Like Walking is part video essay and part counter-map of a hometown. Using archival footage, images and text superimposed on a Google Street View walkthrough, this film tells a brief biography of a place framed through the lens of the personal narrative. By excavating recollections and disorientations from within a tool used to survey and objectify, this work — or this walk — aims to present an uncertain, fragmented and hazy personal cartography of a home against the fidelity of our maps, digital or otherwise.

It is said that every time a memory is recalled, it changes. How can we reconstruct and rewrite our memories of a place within the narratives imposed by some sort of power and system? How do we reclaim our complex and ever-evolving notions of a home from the exactness of our maps?

GRAD THESIS I ︎︎︎ FALL 2023 ︎︎︎ RISD