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Research Question

-How can people immerse into dinner with their family instead of focusing on their phone? -If dinner with a mobile device becomes a culture (If people all think this is acceptable), will the tableware or service change? -Can people using their phone in another way that their family can’t  notice? -Why do people chat on phone although their closed friends are already in front of them? -How can “take out phone and scan it” becomes a unconscious behavior when people feel embarrassed, nervous? -People prefer to use their phone on their fragmented time? -How do people think “proper time for… More

‘use’ or ‘be controlled’

Mobile phone as a media is to optimize our life. However, sometimes we still chat on phone when hanging out with our closed friends and family. It seems phone is our ‘chat target’ instead of a tool. On the Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods, old gods(ancient gods like Odin.) and new gods fight for worship from human, which reflecting the American obsessions with media, Internet, new transport, etc. It is a new trends of life structure and inevitable consequence caused by the development of science and technology. “The TV’s the altar. I’m what people are sacrificing… More

Reverse Engineering Task

Title music memory box – How can music product reawaken lost memories in people living with dementia?   Field of Study dementia memory triggered by distinct senses RFID technology   Context In this project, I explore the function of music to evoke the memory of the people with dementia. I will investigate: dementia in historical, social, theoretical context how memory work with visual, aural, haptic senses in formal, theoretical context RFID system in technological and theoretical context   Rationale When visiting my grandmother in the years she suffered with dementia, I was amazed to find that despite the jumbled and… More

Talk

Today I talked with an organizer of the Cause Corps, and asked for some advices for my project. From the conversation, I had a further understanding about Cause Corps, got some problems from the group, some relative expanded info. Cause Corps 1. Unique tribe for the volunteer living in the ultra strong rhythm life. Generally, in order to apply for a volunteer, people have to satisfy some conditions, and the most important is they need plenty of time for this work, which might… More

Cause Corps is not Art Therapy

From BAAT, ‘art therapy is provided in groups or individually, depending on clients’ needs. It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable’. After the BAAT established, art therapy started to progress toward professionalism. Art therapy is one of the psychotherapy and it combines traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques, so art therapists ‘are trained in both therapy and art, and have studied and mastered both psychology and human development, having received a Master’s Degree‘. Thus, I think art therapy doesn’t exist in the Cause Corps but with no doubt, the volunteers… More

Interview in the LCC studio

  Actually, I want to do something have more connection with the community(culture, gesture, behavior,..) but I still lack this kind of information, I am not sure what I exactly want to design. Therefore, I decided to exhibit an imaginative room space (based on the ‘what if’ writing on the previous blog) as a topic to interview the visitors. I am assuming that in order to stay in E&C to protect the relationship and culture within the communities,  there will be 5 or 6 people live in one flat for sharing the high rent. Everyone may only have 6.4㎡ private… More

Art Therapy

After chatted with Nicolas, I started to think about the impact of aesthetic and art for healing or comforting people. What is art therapy? A definition for Wikipedia: Art therapy (also known as arts therapy) is a creative method of expression used as a therapeutic technique. Art therapy originated in the fields of art and psychotherapy and may vary in definition. Art therapy is used to treat wide range of physical, mental or emotional problems, diseases and disorders, help them communicate, overcome stress, and explore different aspects of their own personalities. Some situations in which art therapy might be utilized include: Children with learning disabilities… More

New Mumbai-Tobias Revell

During the Indian Civil War, the Dharavi slums of Mumbai were flooded with refugees looking to escape the conflict. The Mumbai authorities, distracted by defence of the city and facing an already over-populated and poverty stricken slum could do little to maintain a semblance of civilised life in the area. Sometime later a cache of biological samples appeared through the criminal networks of Mumbai, in the vain hope that it might provide new marketable narcotic opportunities. The collective drive and expertise of the refugees managed to turn theses genetically-engineered fungal samples into a new type of infrastructure providing heat,… More

Gadgets for Long Distance Relationship

I am considering how people connect with each other in the long distance, not by phone, or internet. Of course, the internet created an awesome forum for communicating around all over the world. But at the same time, it produced many lonely people who only interact with each other online. So I researched and studied from some long distance gadgets online. Basically, the products for the long distance relationship are connected by touch, hear, and vision. The products with taste and smell are hard to find because creating a specific and precise flavor is complexity. Touch: Kissenger, Tactilu,… More

Rethink ”What If“.

After the Thursday presentation, I still had no idea about what I could materialize the project although I had a basic concept. Then I started to rethink about the “what if” for the context “some Latinos in E&C area are unable to afford the living expenses regeneration will cause rent rising“. In order to protect their community culture and relationship, I thought there will be two kinds of result, one is people will find a way to stay in the original area; the other is people will move out to other places and have a long distance contact with the previous community. More