Pratt Institute School of Design

The connected self: Ritual practices in cyberspace
Yurou Xia
This thesis explores the digital ritual, which refers to performing rituals virtually in cyberspace. Although the ritual has organized discipline for people and helped people to achieve their goals better, the ritual is reduced by the limitation of time and space as time flows. Online activities give people more choices and also minimize the problem of the limitation of time and space. Therefore, creating a new form of digital ritual could help people to perform their personal rituals or group rituals better. This thesis aims to explore how rituals get practiced in digital space.

Website templates
The website will be a platform for people to hold digital rituals online. The website will provide people a private (sacred) space to hold their rituals. There will be many choices of the ritual appliances or ritual background of the space for people to choose. The website will also include a forum for people to communicate their digital ritual experiences and help people to establish new relationships to have group rituals together.

Website template 1
This is a template for online rituals for objects that have “died”.

Website template 2
This is an online collection exhibition for things people like.

Thesis booklet
The thesis book records the content and creation process of the website.

Thesis booklet
The thesis book records the content and creation process of the website.

Thesis website
The homepage of the website.

Thesis website
The forum part of the website, and it records the process that users use the customize part to create their own ritual space.

Thesis website
The template of the website.