What is the object’s role in an assassination conspiracy?

This project was developed as part of my Research Methods Seminar in which we were asked to examine some of our received ideas and beliefs and do the research to find out what real evidence is. This project was broken down into two distinct phases:

Phase 1: Research - Proposal of a topic of research and identification of the means by which the research will be conducted.

Phase 2: Design - I used design to synthesize my research into a form which could be presented as physical object / narrative.

My final project was an interpretation of my research in a fictional publication.

I created false evidence in the form of a monogrammed tie, a pen engraved with the image of a swan, and a matchbook from a Mexican hotel to support existing theories around Oswald’s motives. The new evidence is presented alongside existing evidence in this conspiratorial publication. This work demonstrates my research and conceptual skills and how I use my graphic design background to deliver complex information.

Conspiracies begin with an anomoly, an unexplained phenomeanon in the official story. The theory is burdened with using the evidence to explain every moment of the narrative as well as the motives of all the players involved.

Personal relationships, physical locations, and ideologies can be drawn from what was found in Oswald’s posession.

From a monogrammed tie, matchbook from a Mexican Hotel, and a pen engraved with the image of a swan Oswald’s objects illuminate new theories in the case.

The Magic Bulletin is a conspiratorial publication which uncovers new evidence in the JFK assassination, implicating parties by their connection to objects “found” in Lee Harvey Oswald’s posessions. The work explores the role objects play in the creation of false narratives.