The age of Digital / Analogue – By Sisi Lu

This is a sound based alive performance / installation. This project is combing the relationship between human beings, nature and machinery era. That is a kind of expression of modern reflection of the world. Siri Lu and his team travelled across Britain and captured visuals and sounds from factories and nature scenarios, also they create the mixed sound for each scene.

What I saw from his project is Sisi’s love of mechanical objects (especially for the car) and the complexity of attitude on nature and mechanism in current environment situation. Obviously, the continuous development of mechanism in modern society is conflictive against with the circumstance what people are living in now. To a certain extend, this project is not only a way to explore the relationship, but also a positive way to look at mechanism and nature. Maybe that is a double-win method for each side.



The show of communication – Royal College of Art

There is a show of communication from Royal College of Arts these days. It is about the school of communication, including graphic design, animation design, and communication design. I found there is a common phenomenon between goldsmiths university and royal college of art which is both of them prefer to doing theoretical projects that providing a problem solving for a specific current issue or problem. And more, it is about the abstract and conceptual things, not just only for entertaining, there is a substantial content.



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Especially, there is a project for Phd degree, that is about scent of a city. The designer’s name is Kate, she is using the investigation of the scent in Singapore from 8 areas. And she invited 200 participants into her project and asked them about the feeling and practice experience when they walking among these areas. At last, she summarizes the result and visualizes the scent into a mapping and presents the abstract object into plenty of colorful ball what are hung on the celling. This is not only about the scent, but also the culture, tradition, environment of the city – Singapore.

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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. 




Kandarya – Mahadeva By Jana Želibská

There is an exhibition called The World Goes Pop is on Tate Modern recently. One of Jana Želibská’s artworks that I personally think is also related to the form of interaction and unconscious which might be a reference for VA project and HCD report.

This link is the video about some parts of her artworks in Tate (Because no photos in exhibition room).

In a certain way, for this column, audiences need to keep changing the their position so that are able to see different angle of genitals mirrors. At the same time, people’s original instincts that are restricted under the social morality, law, religion and so on might be reflected in front of yourself instantly and showing a part of unconscious of yourself to the public as well.


Jana Želibská.

Having trained as a graphic designer and illustrator in Bratislava, in the late 1960s she began to create immersive environments featuring fragmented female bodies, using non-art materials such as mirrors, fabric, neon and plastics. Often these invited some form of interaction, staging intimate encounters with bodily imagery and allowing viewers to engage with the tactile qualities of the work.

Kandarya – Mahadeva refers to the eponymous temple in India and draws on elements of tantric Hinduism and erotic rituals. Outlined bodies of female dancers surround the viewer, their genitals replaced with mirrors, sabotaging any attempted voyeurism. Želibská originally intended this work to be shown on the street, but it was deemed too explicit.

Design Culture Salon – Is Designing for Behaviour Change ‘Creepy’ ?

The name of today’s salon in V&A Museum is: Is designing for behaviour change ‘creepy’?

Honestly, I am not quite understand what the lecturers talked and how to explain creepy from a their talking today. But there are several points which might be related to my HCD essay. The first one is the relationship between motives and techniques of designing and human behaviour changes. The second one is how technology changing human behaviour. The third one is people’s behaviour in company. Those are what I got from this talk, but I am not sure…

I wanna thinking is it necessary that trying to change people’s behaviour potentially? I mean in a subconscious or unconscious way rather than telling people how to change. Personally, I think it would be more meaningful.


Jon Rafman Exhibition

Today I went to Zabludowicz Collection where is North London. There is an exhibition about Jon Rafman who is an artist, filmmaker, and essayist. His work centers around the concept of the impact of technology on contemporary consciousness. On the one hand, I am thinking how to combine consciousness into my final project. On the other hand, I also want to put contemporary art thoughts into my project so that to elicit thinking by spectators themselves via reflecting current issue or something human beings are confused about. 

Still Life (Betamale) (Ball Fit), 2015

Still Life (Betamale) (Ball Fit), 2015

Still Life (Betamale) (Ball Fit), 2015

Still Life (Betamale) (Ball Fit), 2015

Still Life (Betamale) (Ball Fit), 2015

Still Life (Betamale) (Ball Fit), 2015

Still Life is ball pit with plenty of balls and a 4:54 mins HD video. To get into the pit via ladder, and then you will feel like falling into balls completely and hard to move. The feeling just like what the video wanna tell the public to, which is sinking into artist’s perpose.

Sculpture Garden (Hedge Maze), 2015

Sculpture Garden (Hedge Maze), 2015

Sculpture Garden (Hedge Maze), 2015

Sculpture Garden (Hedge Maze), 2015

Sculpture Garden (Hedge Maze), 2015

Sculpture Garden (Hedge Maze), 2015

Sculpture Garden is a maze with various head sculptures which are placed at different corner. There is a huge gold entire sculpture from the head to feet when you arrive at the centre of maze. There is nothing special at the beginning with this huge sculpture unless the staff wears 3D virtual reality headset phone 3D glasses for you. And then you would see the 3D virtual reality scenario of this maze and follow with the moving in this maze. Later you are transferred into a forest with mottled light shifting between leaves. At last, a slice of white light appears and you are back to the centre of maze again, and finished.

On The Humanity! (Waterbed Teal), 2015

On The Humanity! (Waterbed Teal), 2015

This interactive installation would make you feel like swimming when you laying on it. Meanwhile, the monitor playing moving illustration about a group naked people are swimming in the sea. Interestingly, for me, participants look like dead people in coffin when they are laying on the waterbed. Maybe this is the question what the artist want to point out.

— 07/11/2015


2015 LCC-IDC Graduation Show

2015 LCC-IDC degree show was held on 6th of Nov with different types of works. Personally, I think most of their works simply presents how an everyday object functions. However, I expected to see if their design could explore the meaning of an object in addition to its function.

For me, I think interaction deign is not only about the technology and how to reflect the needs of users (although these are necessary things). Just imagine, if simplify the function of an object or reduce the extra functions but keep the basic one, then what will happen? Or if let audience participate in the work (like the artwork called Rain Room), encouraging them to think by themselves when they are in a circumstance.




Between – Liu Jianhua



Today I went to the contemporary Chinese artist Liu Jianhua’s solo exhibition ‘Between’, which was taken place at Pace Gallery, London.

It’s stimulating to see how does the artist render a traditional medium, porcelain, in a contemporary context.  The artist investigated the materiality of his art language in a delicate and spectacular way, which engaged the audience to walk around his ceramic installations.

4th of Nov, 2015