In some religious cultures, especially Hinduism and Buddhism, the Mandala represents the universe. It describes a miniature world composed of many different geometrical elements. The geometric figures overlap to constitute a microwuniverse, an ideal world - in Sanskrit, the "Sukavati".
In the abstract，Mandala is a meditation space where the universe and the inner world of human being connect and interact. For Jung, this meditation space represents the ultimate harmony between the internal and external worlds. He called it "archetype".
Using the various two-dimensional versions of the Mandala symbol as the starting point, I abstract the Mandala from any specific cultural background to place it within the world of modern art. Based on religious concepts and theories of psychology, I create three-dimensional models of the universe to mimic the archetypes of the world from the subconscious, exploring the aesthetic significance of different universes originated from various forms of the Mandala.
In an attempt to interact directly with the subconscious and to minimize any awareness of the materiality of my designs, I employ augmented reality technology to display the project.
SOUND OF SHAPE
A strand-like object that enables users to explore sound by creating shapes. The user is allowed to discover the possibilities of instruments by modelling signifiers that may represent iconic instruments or other objects and ideas. The recognized shapes are associated with instruments, and a different mode of play is enabled for different instruments.
The strand is formed by an array of short styrene segments on each side of the strip, providing structural support and for the 20 flex sensors and their wirings, as well as side grooves for the Nitinol wires, two on each side.
A long brass strip between these layers retains the accelerometer, proximity sensor, and magnet are attached and protected by a foam, which also works as a handle.
As an object similar to a rope, the object affords being deformed and constructed by hand. The affordance of the materials allows the user to form shapes that have a geometric appearance. Hinges indicate where the user is able to bend, while other parts of the object are styrene plastic, and won’t bend.
As shown in Figure, the natural gestures of shaking and tapping, detected by the device with the use of an accelerometer, naturally indicate to the user which sound will come out of it each time the object is transformed into a new shape. The proximity sensing capability of the instrument also facilitates performing music on iconic shapes, by touching or strumming the area inside of a 2D-shape.
The deformable strand-like interface can be used as an independent musical interface for composing and performing music, or as a secondary tool for shaping or modulating sound, complementing a main instrument. The fact that the user can shape this object to produce different instruments or sounds supports the realization of a ‘one man’s band’, in which one person could recreate any of his or her desired instrument and compose music or complete a full musical performance with only a single object.
Since MIDI protocol is adapted, not only that this enables easy ‘plug and play’ connection to any audio workstation, but it also allows musicians, sound artists, and interaction designers to explore the capability of this instrument and express themselves, by personally mapping and experimenting different sound metaphors. Furthermore, the physicality of this instrument could also motivate children to learn more about the perception and physics of sound through the manipulation of shapes.
The project paper got accepted by CHI 2018 (The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems )
Inspired by the previous works of Alexander Calder, Whisper is an interactive kinetic sculpture which combines a proximity sensor and a motor stepper to create emotional connections between users. With the simple action of blowing a balloon or a pinwheel, users can send subtle messages to their beloved ones. When the message is detected by the sensor, the wooden kinetic sculpture begins to move, spin, and shake. These output movements are determined by the various input modalities the users have, such as blowing a pinwheel or being around the sensor’s vicinity.
In the era of information explosion, we are always overwhelmed by an abundant amount of social media information.Information overload is one of the biggest irritations in modern life. There are always e-mails to answer, virtual friends to pester, YouTube videos to watch, but sometimes we may forget to have meaningful interactions with our beloved ones.
We hope that Whisper can become an essential part of your life by connecting you and your closest persons, your boyfriend/girlfriend, family members or best friends in a subtle but strong way. Let them know how much you really miss them.
COAGULATION OF BELIEF
“Pilgrimage” is a part of every Tibetan life. However, due to various difficulties coupled with the distant journey, pilgrimage is always accompanied by pain and regret.
The symbolic language of the Tibetan Buddhism are abstracted, to refine the core spirit, make use of the modern art language to create a coagulation composed of signs and contexts, which would act as symbols and markers in the pilgrimage of the earth to search for more possibilities for Tibetan pilgrimage.
Accept And Recognise
The problem is whether the coagulation of faith designed by modern means could be accepted and recognised by Tibetans or not? I think the process would be very difficult. However, we presented this probability, and we hoped that over time, these emblems could gradually get integrated into Tibetans’ life and become a part of their spiritual support, then be maintained for next generations and finally be accepted, recognised and remembered by followers.
Exploring the movement of tango by analysis the choreography is to discuss the physical tension of human body and conceptual volume shaped by subtle emotion with the rhythm of music and fascinating interaction between the dancers. The space created by time can be captured, traced and recreated.
Studying the relationship between the physical path of the motion and the field where the objects exist and occupy is the approach to perceive a space of the whole process of the phenomenon itself.
Originally, sculpture is bounded by physical boundary-site specific. But this sculpture is influenced by a broad range of knowledge. The site of it is not a closed entity space form, but the interrelation between people and object in different scales.
Moreover, this practice is not defined in relation to a given medium-sculpture but rather in relation to the logical operations on a set of context terms, for which any medium — photography, music, lines or sculpture itselfcan be used.
SUPRABAND is an experimental band based on single-chip technology and MIDI control system.
The instruments are built individually to reconstruct different traditional instrument, and show the technical representation. By combining guitar, bass, keyboard and drums, the supraband completed the stage performance with projection and lighting design
INTERACTIVE VOXELS is an easy-to-assemble interactive projection-mapping installation based on a voxel structure as the name itself suggests.
The idea behind the installation is to a have sculptural object that can be displayed as an art piece with or without visual projection.
In order to engage the public as a public installation, the project allows passers-by to play their own music and light show through the control table placed in front of the main piece.
INTERACTIVE VOXELS - Demo
The installation is also meant to be mobile, and therefore, it is easy to assemble and disassemble in order to transport it from one location to another.
The idea behind this project can also be projected forward to apply not only small public installations of this size, but also larger architectural projects such as exterior pixelated facades of buildings with balconies or interior spaces like large auditoriums with mezzanine levels and series of balconies. These spaces can be transformed into virtual environments through the projection mapping techniques used for this specific installation.
People’s sense of space is never an accumulation of senses of every infinitely small spot; they get the sense of some space all of a sudden and as an entirety. So does time. Normally our sense of time also comes periodically instead of instant by instant, and the length of that period depends on human’s perceptive threshold of time.
This Installation is designed to express time in phenomena. And to emulate human’s sense of time, time is divided into periods within human’s perceptive threshold, so that man could realise how time is split into slices and organised together orderly.
PIPE ORGAN OF COACHELLA
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music festival. The three-day event features many genres of music as well as art installations and sculptures, provides ample opportunities to young artists. This project is to create an art installation for Coachella. Professor Mark Mack got a authorized item from Coachella organizer and gave us the chance to explore more possibilities of design in this great realistic significance project.
The project is aimed at to create a diverse and interactive space. The installation design with a decoration effect and increase the entertainment, providing a platform to make folks to meet. In order to ensure the artist effect, practicality and economic efficiency simultaneously, the design takes Coachella spirits and tourist demands at the top of the priority list, takes construction costs, difficulty and security in consideration at the same time. The project is submitted to the Coachella’s organizer and attracted their attention, but they're worried that drunks will climb up the pipe, so finally it was not adopted.
GENIUS LOCI REMODELING
The design of contemporary architecture has a trend of diversification, globalization, complication and "de-spirituality"; the originality, artistry and profession of design are no longer distinguished, as they are mixed into the mass of multiple interest demands, thus the content on spirit level in architecture is rapidly losing, and architecture would gradually be out of its own meanings, which is called "location's loss" in Norbert-Schulz’s views.
The purpose of this gymnasium design is to regress to the reflection on “Genius Loci”, help people to rebuild the relation between people and city from the ramshackle demolition debris, build up cohesive symbols by the design of the building and location, so as to express a relief through the building, and reinforce people’s existential sensation and belonging sensation.
ISBS is the abbreviation of intelligent self-build system, which can meet diverse requirements for multiple events.
ISBS integrates all phases during the event preparation, including transportation, set-up, illumination and performance. Based on the highly intelligent self-functioning program, it provides efficient, flexible and pointed solution for different surroundings and site conditions. The application of ISBS can greatly save time cost and labor and create new possibilities for future event organization.
If a building can change one's life condition, it will be an excellent one; if a building can change one's fate, it will be a magnificent one.
The purpose of this design is attempting to fundamentally change the life conditions and mental outlook of the poor through digging deeper demand of low-income groups. Through the highly composite functions of the architecture, its fabricated structure and variable house-type design, a building provides shelter for the poor and meanwhile gives them opportunities to return to society, not only giving them a warm harbor but more importantly giving them a right to pursue happiness.
It is in our nature to hear more. Our ears are acquiring all kinds of sound without stop. But it is our deficiency to be able to hear less. There is no switch to control the incoming sound. In the history of prosthetic making, designers and manufactures focused exclusively on amplify the human needs. But to diminish the human needs is also a key strategy to achieve the higher life quality. References – Wigley described the prostheses do more than extend the body but complete the deficiency of the body. The prostheses add more functions and amplify the basic function of human organ. We want to argue with this definition since sometimes the prostheses disabled a specific function of the human organ but still offers a positive transform for the body because some functions of human organ are unnecessary and useless.
Architecture relationship – sound proofing architecture material is our precedent of design. We are recreating the sound proofing materials in a wearable scale by study its concave or convex structure, the density and thickness, the specific pattern etc. In this hearing device, sound can be filtered and transformed by the different plug-in materials. The user can select the plug-in panels to filter the hearing experience. In this case, the function of ear has been limited. But it offers human body better chances to control the hearing. Prostheses is the body extension that gives more controllability for the human organ.Prosthesesshould not always amplify the function of human body. It can also decrease or disable some of the functions of human body to achieve a better living condition.
This designed high-rise building aims to relieve the crowded city center, reduce repression and activate the whole city. By adopting subtraction design to the construction of high-rise and skirt building, the sense of space of the whole building are reduced with the usage of curve and coverage. Besides free from the bulky sense of space of buildings nearby, the design has also given more space back to citizens and the city.
The spiral shape of the high-rise provides more space for rainwater collection. The great court also provides better ventilation and lighting for the skirt building. Located in the roof of the skirt building, the settling base, also a landscape collects and filters rainwater with aquatic plant, increasing utilization of water and decreasing cost for water recycle.
In the 21st century, with the development of digital timing technology and network technology, modern people have been kidnapped by the linear time which we always depend on, and always in the "busy" state.
In this project, we focus on the outside of the linear time. In order to offer people the experience with transcending the time dimension, we play the video and sound from the ealier time of the day at the same place by using hiden speakers and a projector. we make a dislocation of the representation of time, trying to think about how to transcend the linear dimension in the restriction of time experience and have a experience with transcending the time dimension.