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Biohead!! No it’s Jigsaw!!

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Well the title maybe a little misleading, my fault. But honestly, this piece of work freaked me out when I first layed my eyes on it. I thought it’s a interactive piece that you can caliberate your face and the biohead does whatever emotion you do. BUT I was wrong, it’s not what I think it is, the so called Biohead just keeps on talking and babbling about selfish and other random stuff, somehow I find it a little disturbing. Remind me of watching the horror movie series called “Saw”. Those you who have seen it  may already understand what I’m saying, others who don’t, well, watch it at your own risk…..For me, this piece of work didn’t work at all.

One thing that I noticed within the installations was the Heart Library Project by George Khut. It is less creepy than most other installations and I found it quite relaxing. As you holding the two stick sensors they will pick up your heart rate and display it onto the screen on the roof, in an artistic way. This work is suitable for medical purposes, and the usage range is hugly expandable. I will be looking forward to this piece of work. It just makes me feel calm. I think most of you may agree with me on this one if you have experienced it at the show.


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August 31, 2008 at 6:32 pm

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Mobile phone = Anything?

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Mobile phone’s Interplay with Culture and Society

Mobile phone comebines different functions today, include digital camera, MP4, computer games, GPS,… it incorporates the multi touch system, lets people have more interaction with the machines. Mobile phone had changed people’s habit today. lot of people prefer mobile phone to local telephone because of the conveniency. and different mobile phone company keeps producing new design with the new funtions to encourage consumption. Mobile phone is not only the technology of telecommunication, it also becomes a part of the popular culture today, and the accessory of the fashion design. Even instead of the musical instrument, the Japanese company KDDI working with Yamaha produces Mobile phone musical instrument.

Gartner Research reported that from Apr to Jun, global electronic marketing sold 3.047 hundreds million Mobile phones. and the vendition of the mobile phone keeps increasing. however, more purchase generates more waste. There were more than 5 hundreds million mobile phone trash in 2007 over the world. some companys working on the recycling Mobile phones. but lot of people worry about their personal informaiton been divulged. they don’t want to hand their mobiles to the recycle company.

photo from ReCellular

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August 31, 2008 at 5:26 am

Magic Mirror

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I found another interesting research: Magic Mirror that will allow you to try different clothes, without having to go to the fitting room…

The research is being conducted by Fraunhofer Institute and can be arrived at retail store in the future. It use precise mesh triangulation that being altered every mili-second by measuring the picture taken by the camera.

Sort of complicated thing, but interesting indeed…

Check it out here

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August 27, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Raytheon Sarcos

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If McLuhan said that technology is the extension to our body, then this freaking invention surely match that description.

I remember that not for so long time ago, Raytheon (a US aviation technology company), introduced its exoskeleton machine that can be used for various areas. For example, military. This exoskeleton is so advanced and really improve human ability in doing hard task. Check it here on its official website

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August 27, 2008 at 7:56 am

Mirror States Review

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Dislocation by Alex Davies

Dislocation by Alex Davies

My favorite piece of the exhibition is Alex Davies’ Dislocation. I was quite amazed by the creativity of the system to “surprise” the participant. It was weird to feel I, as the spectator became the object of exhibition itself. It was an amazing installation, although the “artificial participants” have weird shadows that made them unrealistic. However, it is not very obvious though…

Alex Davies’ Dislocation is my favorite, but Janine Randerson’s Albedo of Clouds does not work at all for me. It maybe I, personally lacks of artistic sense or I cannot understand the relation of the philosophical concept of it with the physical installation. I don’t like it, to be honest. But I think, it could be a nice decoration to my dining room…

Albedo of Clouds by Janine Randerson

Albedo of Clouds by Janine Randerson

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August 27, 2008 at 6:26 am

Mirror States Review

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The Giver of Names by David Rokeby was a tad dissapointing. Conceptually it was quite interesting, however after interacting with it and trying to figure out the correlation between the objects examined and the resultant poem, I could find no connection. I resorted to using my own object a stiped scarf and got the following poem, may use for an artwork concept of my own for fun, however the poem had no connection to my scarf:

A molecular solid

in the center

can excessively cling to the last child

that is the olive-drab cord.

Until this coloured moment

        opposite the coloured solid,

a mouse-coloured schedule

in the center

will continuously crowd together.


Ok classmates what do you think?

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August 26, 2008 at 8:04 am

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The Otaku Way – This post is rated PG

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… Yes, very haunting. Apologise for the previous post – I’ve already deleted it! ^_^ For those who haven’t seen it yet, considered yourself lucky. When there’s a force, there’s always a counterforce, and so I’ll stride to craft more jolly posts for a while. We can start from this one. In conclusion, let’s never talk about it again 😛

Right, let’s get back on track, which is my reflection on the exhibition. Seeing the real thing as oppose to the image is exceptionally different! It is my first ever installation art exhibition that I went through. Two works stand out for me so far. One is Rokeby’s Very Nervous System in which, and I’m not alone here I think, I have the most fun “playing”. On my mind, I was trying to solve the puzzle of figuring out how to make a certain sound and essentially taking “control” of the system. It is quite a disturbing feeling after I came back when I asked myself “why did you try to attempt something like that?”

I came to a conclusion that no matter what anyone said, we regard technology as a tool still. As a tool, we want to learn how to use it – to take control. I did not see a single person who waves his hand, got his first sound respond, and thought “Better leave it alone”. They try out what kind of result this foreign system, this foreign tool, can produce.

This is nothing new – Rokeby expected it, Manovich talked about it, and I’m sure both geniuses didn’t come up with that themselves. But, still, it’s quite a revelation to let myself be truly absorbed in the system while knowing full well what the expected behaviour is.

So this is what I took away from this piece of artwork:

Until we see technology as something else other than our tools, to charm people you make a system that can be dominated while to repel then you make a system that they cannot be fully in control. Critical, I think, especially in installation art since it’s all about the relationship between the system and the audience.

I’m looking forward to any example in responds, if you guys have’em…

Next up is Time and motion study by John Tonkin. His work deals with fragments, memories, and more importantly in my opinion, digital traces.

In everyday life, we leave digital traces everywhere. Think about when we log in to check our email, when we visit websites, when we send or receive text messages, when we swipe the door open with our security pass, when we dip that ticket while getting on the bus, and so on and so on.

Unlike your hair or your fingerprints, digital trace can be collect and categorise.

Again comes back to week 1’s argument – how much trace do you left be hind and how much does other people have the right to “look at”

As Dan was saying in the second week, an analogy of a restaurant is a good one. If a man who is suspicion of being a terrorist enters a restaurant – he left a trace and it got picked up. Three days later another terrorist suspect enters the same restaurant. Maybe the food was good but the restaurant “looks like” the terrorist’s hideout.

This is not statistic. This is “montage”.

I’m very interested in what kind of traces we can dig up digitally and the applications of those traces. If anybody has some more examples, I’d love to see them too!

OK, In reply to the ZBrush thing, Russ, I think you are the man I need to ask!

For Wacom, there’s Bamboo, Graphire, Intous, and you are probably be using Cintiq yourself. But for 3D, there’s gotta be the next level up, right? Especially when you’re doing something like this:

and this

Well, in this video tour of Japanese figurine studio, check out around 04:00 minutes. That’s a 3D pen set for 3D modelling!!

What’s it call!?!? Anyone!?

Oh, and Moe Anthropomorphism is still not cool!

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August 26, 2008 at 7:53 am

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