Souvenir by Blue Curry – V&A Project

Blue Curry uses different combs to build various small sculptures as a new format without interpretations to let people think about the meaning of combs and sculptures. He collected these combs in India and UK markets. At the same time, there is a post of ocean behind the exhibits to create an infinite background. Also he puts these exhibits in gallery window is for audience can view them no matter far away or by the gallery easily. In that situation, audiences are able to imagine widely with no boundries.

He interests in the exotic, thus he puts exoticism into his work to convey the notion of when something doesn’t seem like it belongs in the place it is encountered. It could be seen as a way to show the exceed meaning of combs themselves.



Big Bang Data

I went for the test of Migration app before I went to this exhibition. Actually, this app intends to evoke the public to do the gestures by following another people who are using the app with the introduction. To a certain extend, personally, that is a meaningful way to do gestures in public, the rest of strangers will think that would be a weird behavior when you doing it. On the one hand, it can let people know what are they doing and stimulate their consciousness behaviors. On the other hand, it is able to allow everyone to participate in this ‘weird’ competition/exercise and then accelerate the basic interaction between person and person. 

After that, I went to for this exhibition which is about the influence for human beings under a big data virtual world. Within the development of technology, apart from real world, people already have starting living in a huge virtual world which are firmly convenient for us. Although the successful internet, it has the ability that destroy the nature of society and human beings. The authentic relationship is between people and people rather than Internet and people. Internet, computers, cloud storage and facilities are without humanity and emotion. Back to nature and escaping from the bounds of technology are the most important thing I think though technology is a big step for us. 




For memories – V&A Project

There are a plenty of things what people already forgotten as time goes on. For those things what can be described as souvenirs or old objects bearing various recalls which also equal to the state at that moment  – “I was there.” Moreover, the narrative of an object is more than itself, it is about the possessor’s experience which belongs to his or her a part of unconsciousness in mind.


MA Interaction Desgin Degree Show – Goldsmith University – V&A Rearch

The private show was on the first of December at 6pm.

Compared to LCC’s IDC degree show, the first impression of interaction design’s works for Goldsmith are not so technological things, but it is more about theoretical conception on potential things like feelings, influences, consciousness and so on rather than using a direct way. So from my perspective, generally, there is an basic interaction what belongs to each work that is the potential conversation between the work and audience. The reason is curiosity. However, lacking of the practice with audience is one the problems for there works. Personally, the relationship between audience and work is as crucial as theoretical conception. I mean the real action.

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Reflection – V&A Project

What text/theories are relevant to your project work and why?

— Following points of the text/theories in my project: What is the badge for, the designer of the badge, the background of SIGGRAPH conference, narrative of souvenirs, the value of souvenirs, selfies, intangible price and sentimental price, significant of objects, the function of story and the unconscious of exhibition space or a certain environment.

The meaning of an object comes from different angles such as the original nature of the object, a designed circumstance, objectivity, emotion value and so on. Because there is no more resource of the badge, it is meaningful to recreate the value of object so that past experience might be recalled via objects.

What ideas are relevant to your work?

— The idea of our object is to represent the value of objects via a well-designed story background and a specific environment, plus the relationship between audience and spatial communication. To a certain extend, discussing how to add value to an unimpressive object and then triggering audience’s past experience to rethink their way of looking at things. Meanwhile thinking the value of existence of human being itself under such a circumstance.

What is the theoretical context of these ideas?

Thames Dig, Mark Dion, 1999; The Octagon Room, Mark Dion, 2008; Marcel Duchamp (Fountain); Narrating Objects, Collecting Stories; Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey, Edward Gorey; Significant Objects; Conscious and Unconscious, Freud Sigmund

Who else has made work investigating these ideas?

What research tradition have you been engaged in?

— The filed trip in V&A archive, online resource, literature review research, practical research, communication with partner, critics from tutors and spectators.

What is your design approach? Are you conducting research for / into / through design? Explain.

— Actually, my research method and design approach is mixed. But normally, doing research first and then design start from the initial understanding. With the development of research, the process of design will be altered at the same time.  Most importantly, design is based on deliberate research and multidiscipline knowledge.

Which research methods have you used and why?

— Through case study (V&A archive research),  literature review research (literatures and documentation), inter-discipline research (different subject areas), etc.

Having a good understanding of an object that you want to research first is the first step of the whole project. Then literature review research provides a tool that you can find deeper things from a certain domain to different areas with a plenty of scientific knowledge. Inter-discipline helps researchers have a broader understanding of various scientific knowledge and combine those stuff in a new way and which also in relation to practice.