Academic Work

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What My Fingers Knew - Music Video Adaptation of Essay by Vivian Sobchack

Final project for Henry Jenkins’ Media History and Theory seminar, for which I explored music videos as a medium in its new golden age and attempted to bridge academic work and commercial practices. This original music video is an adaptation of Vivian Sobchack’s essay “What My Fingers Knew: The Cinesthetic Subject, or Vision in the Flesh,” bringing it to life as an audiovisual sensorial experience.


YouTube's Vlog Authenticity in the Performance of Femininity

One of the winners of University of Southern California's ten Discovery Scholar Prizes for the Academic Year 2017-2018

A multimedia research paper analyzing the authenticity factor of YouTube vlogs related to the beauty videos and how this authenticity is affecting the performance of gender and femininity for today’s youth.

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SHOWCASE: Fall 2017 (Vol. 1) - Online Magazine

Editor in Chief

Showcase is an interdisciplinary online interactive magazine that showcases exceptional work that USC School of Cinematic Arts students have been doing outside of school. It features videos, interactive media, interviews, an original show and much more. Open the magazine on a computer for the complete experience.

To learn more about this project, read Raphael's interview about it on the USC School of Cinematic Art's website:


The Relatable Lorde of Glamour

A multimedia essay on Lorde's celebrity persona and how it exposes a cultural contradiction of rejecting and accepting popular culture.

Published on literary magazine Adsum - Vol. 7, July 24, 2017

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Theorizing the Construction of Pleasure

Film Theory video project analyzing the construction of a visual pleasure related to touch and temporality: the memory-pleasure.


How Far Will Your Gaze Go?

Image/Photoshop project about multimedia communication in the style of artist Barbara Kruger analyzing the male gaze, its evolution, and asking if it will ever affect male figures in the same way that it has drastically affected women.

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Authenticity, Influence and Femininity on YouTube

Remix Video

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UN Sustainable Development Goals - #5 Gender Equality Video Presentation

Video presentation about Gender Equality, the 5th UN Sustainable Development Goal, done for the United States National Committee for U.N. Women - Los Angeles Chapter.


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