Magic & Ideology:
Foundations for a Creative Structuralism
Bailey’s project, Magic & Ideology: Foundations for a Creative Structuralism, combines structuralist theory and constructive myth theory inside the space of a digital thesis. Bailey develops a new form of structural analysis to analyze the production of ideas. Through outlining, analyzing, and diagramming, this research groups the mental-producing elements into two camps: magic and ideology. Using digital tools (Max/MSP and Twine), Bailey creates an interactive, experiential thesis. This thesis dissects the ideological architecture behind the writings of Norse compiler Snorri Sturluson, English poet William Blake, and reactionary philosopher Nick Land. Bailey presented a lecture and portions of the thesis at the Fellows showcase event (April 28th, 2020, at Smith College).