2020 BFA THESIS SHOW
BOSTON UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS


























 

JIAYI
MA


jiayikma.com
Thesis Project

168 Hours is an observational commentary on grind culture, burnout, and the need to maximize on the 168 hour week. It analyzes the relationship between “adulting”, schedules and the to-do list. The Elite Daily says, “The Modern Millennial for the most part, views adulthood as a series of actions, as opposed to a state of being. Adulting, therefore, becomes a verb. ‘To adult’ is to complete your to-do list—but everything goes on the list, and the list never ends.” 168 Hours is a collection of interviews, schedules and sources from within the institutions of higher education. It expores the idea of the schedule as a portrait, and the internal and external pressure of priorization and time management. 168 Hours asks the question, “Why are we pretending to love the grind?”