Research 03 – BETWEEN REALITY AND THE IMPOSSIBLE by Dunne & Raby

Dune & Raby chose the topic of over-populate the planet. They present the idea via an easy way (photography) which uses design to post the question rather than making technology.

Although their project is not about technology things, the photography is powerful and remains a large ‘white’ space for audience to think about the issue and the following possible, which is meaningful.

Or we can say, the combination of the real and the future which is much impressive because of the reality.

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Research 02 – Goatman by THOMAS THWAITES

Thomas tried to become a goat with the real goats in the Alps and live with them together. According to Thomas, this project became an exploration of how close modern technology can take us to fulfilling an ancient human dream: to take on characteristics from other animals. But instead of the ferocity of a bear, or the perspective of a bird, the characteristic most useful in modern life is something else; being present in the moment perhaps (Thomasthwaites.com, 2016).

Basically, Thomas built an exoskeleton of a goat and a prosthetic stomach to digest grass. Look at those animals, why they can live in nature finely by utilizing their basic Instinct without any other assistive tools? And then now look at human beings, during the ancient time, ancient people had the ability of suiting the nature, making tools and making their life better by themselves. However, people are using various assistant tools to get different things and protect themselves well. Just think about it, if there is no more intelligent tools, then can current humans still have a basic survival skills for adapting the nature environment?

And also, since human beings became to the significant species among all types of animals, how do we close to other animals? Is it better to have a back forward life and enjoy the most natural life?

From thinking about how could one live in total natural environment to rethink human beings’ instincts and how reproduction of population would be in the future, which is a powerful and meaningful discussion for everybody.

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Photograph: Tim Bowditch From theguardian

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Photograph: Tim Bowditch From theguardian

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Photograph: Tim Bowditch From theguardian

Resource:

Thomasthwaites.com. (2016). THOMAS THWAITES » A holiday from being human (GoatMan). [online] Available at: http://www.thomasthwaites.com/a-holiday-from-being-human-goatman/ [Accessed 15 Jun. 2016].

Research 01 – I Wanna Deliver a Dolphin by Ai Hasegawa

The project ‘I wanna deliver a dolphin’ is designed by Ai Hasegawa. The idea of this project is about overpopulation and the problem of global environment in the future.

Basically, overpopulation would cause potential food shortage and for some endangered species that they might not have enough food for living such as sharks, tunas and dolphins. Thus, would a woman can give a birth to those species? The aim of this project is evoking people to discuss the argument for giving birth to animals by using the nutrition of human beings and childbirth, also the possibility of how this might be possible. In addition, how to protect rare animals and reproduce them in a new way is what the designer want to speculate at the same time.

For her idea of doll-human placenta which is made by the advanced technology of synthetic biology that make a human female possible to deliver a dolphin. On the one hand, endangered species are able to survive continually. On the other hand, people can enjoy the taste of eating rare animals.

Personally, from her project, I think the idea of connecting a normal problem (overpopulation) with endangered species to expand the public’s thinking which is unique and interesting. And she also thinks about the possibility from the technology way which is also useful and reasonable.

 

First Idea of Speculative Design

For this project, Weini and I have worked together.

The first idea is about what if one day, there is a nature catastrophe happened (flood, global warming, etc) which is caused by the negative influences from civilization development (technology), then there is no more skyscrape, artificial intelligences, electricity,etc. Can people have the ability of being alive in that situation?

What we want to speculate is about the relationship between human beings and nature in post-anthropocene via critical design. With the development of technology, people become increasingly dependent on technology products and other industrialization products. Can people be alive without these things? Can people be alive harmoniously with nature and animals?

 

 

What is the ‘Anthropocene’?

The brief called designing for the post-anthropocene, so what is ‘Anthropocene’?

Basically, the term of ‘Anthropocene’ is used to denote the present time interval. The natural environment, the ecosystems, and geological conditions and processes are altered by human activity, causing a global impact on climate change and various threats.

  • The ‘Anthropocene’ is not a formally defined geological unit within the Geological Time Scale. A proposal to formalise the ‘Anthropocene’ is being developed by the ‘Anthropocene’ Working Group for consideration by the International Commission on Stratigraphy, with a current target date of 2016. Care should be taken to distinguish the concept of an ‘Anthropocene‘ from the previously used term Anthropogene (cf. below**).
  • The ‘Anthropocene’ is currently being considered by the Working Group as a potential geological epoch, i.e. at the same hierarchical level as the Pleistocene and Holocene epochs, with the implication that it is within the Quaternary Period, but that the Holocene has terminated. It might, alternatively, also be considered at a lower (Age) hierarchical level; that would imply it is a subdivision of the ongoing Holocene Epoch.
  • Broadly, to be accepted as a formal term the ‘Anthropocene’ needs to be (a) scientifically justified (i.e. the ‘geological signal’ currently being produced in strata now forming must be sufficiently large, clear and distinctive) and (b) useful as a formal term to the scientific community. In terms of (b), the currently informal term ‘Anthropocene’ has already proven to be very useful to the global change research community and thus will continue to be used, but it remains to be determined whether formalisation within the Geological Time Scale would make it more useful or broaden its usefulness to other scientific communities, such as the geological community.
  • The beginning of the ‘Anthropocene’ is most generally considered to be at c. 1800 CE, around the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in Europe (Crutzen’s original suggestion); other potential candidates for time boundaries have been suggested, at both earlier dates (within or even before the Holocene) or later (e.g. at the start of the nuclear age). A formal ‘Anthropocene‘ might be defined either with reference to a particular point within a stratal section, that is, a Global Stratigraphic Section and Point (GSSP), colloquially known as a ‘golden spike; or, by a designated time boundary (a Global Standard Stratigraphic Age).
  • The ‘Anthropocene’ has emerged as a popular scientific term used by scientists, the scientifically engaged public and the media to designate the period of Earth’s history during which humans have a decisive influence on the state, dynamics and future of the Earth system. It is widely agreed that the Earth is currently in this state.

Resource: *WORKING GROUP ON THE ‘ANTHROPOCENE’, http://quaternary.stratigraphy.org/workinggroups/anthropocene/

Scentee – Smart Phone Accessory

Scentee is an accessory for smart phones, which can release a special scent when you receive a message. Just like the situation in this introduction film, if you are addicted in someone’s unique scent, then you will receive his or her ‘scent message’ through Scentee by changing diffuser.

I love this idea very much, especially for the idea of smelling somebody’s scent and because the effect of that is far exceed than ‘missing’ someone if he/she and you are not stay together. To a certain extend, scent is able to help you achieve something which is much important than what you see and hear.

Tutorial

After the tutorial, we got a few important suggestions and advice. Thinking about the structure of society and does it change humans’ living condition? Go back to animal’s level in the public, try to treat people as normal people. Why modern people have lost the basic viability in primitive society? What current issue you want to disscuss and speculate and how?

Basically, compared to other animals, humans are higher animals who own high intelligence that to explore and create di erent things. If humans want to be survival in dangerous nature environment among other animals, it is necessary to create defensive tools for protecting ourselves. With the development of the evolution of humans, we are able to adjust to nature environment. Besides the ability of living, humans are trying to explore more what they cannot acquire. Greed also is one of characteristics existing in humans’ mind deeply, that is why the world can keep growing and developing and also loosing something.

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