SD: Interface Politics Conference exhibiting works

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I exhibit my works in the Interface Politics Conference in Barcelona. This project is related to the speculative design, and the context of it fit in the post anthropocene ( post anthropocene is the age that human beings are no longer the centre of the earth, in this context, picture a future scene based on scientific research and imaginary fiction. ).  I start with the idea of the conspiracy of genetically modified food, cause the policies towards it is not transparent enough. People are kind of living in a horror that the everyday food they have taken for granted maybe actually poison them, the consumers actually have the absolute right to know about things they have taken in. What I hope is to provoke people to ask for the truth of the GM food.

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SD: printing out works

Reflections:

1 Staffs can help you print out some samples, so you may be able to check the color, if it is alright.

2 Think about how you gonna present your work, you can save a bit of the bleed as the picture frame(maybe…).

3  Do not make your printing appointment at the last one, cause if it goes wrong, there is no turning back.

SD: mock up presentation

“The True Truth”

I am going to deliver an artefact reflects how people of three different hierarchies react to the effect of GMO in the post anthropocene. In the future, due to the influence of the climate change, global warming, water shortage, deforestation and so on, genetically modification is widely used for crops to suffer from the dystopian world. However, GM food has more and more deadly side effect, even kills people. So, different products are invented to help people survive from eating these foods.

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CU: Empathy drawing project brief

I found Craig’s blog when browsing the guide dog website. I have read several pieces, which mainly documented daily routines of what a visually impaired person wound do. But it also covers plenty of mental activities of Craig, like what he thinks of other people’s reaction to his guide dog, how his guide dog will perform when certain issue happens. He attempts to use his imagination to picture the world he can not see, then put in down on words for us to read, so that we could know more about his life. From his writings, I think readers could detect the contrast between real-happening interaction and imaginary interaction in Craig’s mind, it is interesting to sort out the links in between, also a brand new angle to see this world and the society or even ourselves. However, Craig’s blog is buried deep in the website, only a few can find out this amusing treasure. So, my “empathy drawing” project starts with the idea of visualizing Craig’s blogs. I think drawing might be a much more amusing way to tell these entertaining stories, then post them on Facebook and Twitter, both platforms will allow more audiences to access Craig and his guide dog commando’s anecdotes.

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CU: What is empathy ?

Browsing Guide dog’s Facebook and Twitter, I find out they have held several activities for people to experience the life blind people are having. Like “EyesShut Makeup”, “blindfold walk”, and etc. I do think it is a good practice for those who take part in to obtain better understanding of the life of a person with a guide dog. Those are ways of generating empathy, simple but significant.

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CU: Friends for life reflective piece

I occasionally checked Crufts on the youtube, it held a competition of friends for life, telling people the heart warming stories between man and dog.

From the stories, I actually get a feeling that all stories are mainly telling people the life they used to be in is quite depressing, pessimistic, unhopeful, cause people tend to memorise the hard part they have suffered, but it also indicates that the changes brought by a guide dog are subtle but consistent, physically and mentally. It is actually non sense for them to bring up all issues already happened for thousand times to audiences, they only tell people the first time, the most memorable one, the life-changing moment, however, all these moments come from the stack of physical and mental help by the guide dog on each ordinary day, maybe it is a stride, a lead to somewhere, even an accompany. They just regain what they have lost gradually, unconsciously. From the stories, I could say guide dogs have become an indispensable component of their owners’ life, they do the most common but most important thing, they are no longer like a pet, but a family member.

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CU: Final reply from The Guide Dog 0303

Although I have chosen to finish the project in a creative way, I still feel glad to receive email again from the Guide Dog, and thanks for the advice. Yep, it takes a month for the final response to come, I think I am not ambitious enough, or passive when dealing with this issue. However, there is a lesson I have learnt through the email communication process, start doing something nice to help those in need, then one day you will be helped in return.(Do not always ask for things for granted) Hope my creative solution goes well.  🙂

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