Young forever

AIM:

This project explores the relationship between idol-related places and para-social relationships and how these spaces influence fans’ emotions and behaviours. Moreover, some fans cannot handle para-social relationship appropriately, which influence their attitude towards their lives. So, I was thinking about using the sense of place of idol-related places to break and blur the border between para-social and normal social relationships. So I designed a virtual residence for one fan to live with idols. It is a place without an exit for fans to escape from the real world. However, they cannot return to the real world. Are they willing to live such a virtual life? I want to use this place to remind fans how to deal with para-relationship.

INTRODUCTION:
This project focus on the relationship between celebrities, fans and celebrity-related locations and how these three interact with each other. I focused on k-pop culture and selected BTS fans as the subject of this study because BTS is one of the most influential boy bands in South Korea, with a huge amount of fans and rich information sources. I have researched the relationship and influence of these three things through literature review, fan interviews and questionnaires, combined with my own experiences as a fan and my analysis of the idol-related space. Ultimately, based on these findings, I designed a virtual home for a fan to live with BTS.

RESEARCH QUESTIONS:
How does fans’ attachment to idols affect their perceptions of idol-related places?

How do idol-related places influence fans’ feelings and behavioural intentions?

How do fans’ perceptions of idol-related places change after travelling to the physical places rather than looking at the pictures?

Overview

Social area

Social area

Private corridor

Private area

Kitchen & Dining room

Gaming area

Entertainment area

Study room & Bedroom