UNIT 2. Symposium

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Before showing my work, I want to say, my whole term was inspired by Adhocism, which derives ideas from various sources.

Especially, I was interested in a process that I called deconstruction and reassembly. I thought about conventional formats, that can be reinterpreted, in different contexts. this process helps to make basic materials and show various perspectives for designers.

Based on the process, I wanted to explore objects. In this slide, You can see bottles, but are they really the same bottles? There are many possibilities to see objects from different angles. I wondered about how the objects can be understood, in various conditions.

There were too many objects. So I started, to research, the fundamentals of a book as an object. in physical, functional, and contextual aspect. To see what is the essential sources of a book.

Then, I reassembled the book, with different products such as tissue box, cup handle, hanger to see what makes the objects’ meaning. Form or function? I iterated the combination in different mediums such as illustration, photography, and 3D objects, And I found, 3D objects could convey plausible imagination of the products.

I wanted to create, more values, by making some narratives, using an IKEA style catalogue. Interestingly, I needed, to consider social contexts, such as price, description, and space to formulate the reality. Making the products gave me more questions about how people can interpret the objects’ values with digital creation.

I could think about the answer, with a reference from an article called Airspace. It explains ‘technology is also shaping the physical world, influencing the places we go and how we behave in areas of our lives that didn’t heretofore seem so digital.’ For example, although you go to different countries, you can feel similar interior designs and furniture styles. Perhaps, modern digital design affects the physical world more than we think.

Based on the reference, I thought about how the objects can intertwine between physical and digital space. This diagram shows how objects change their values by transforming the space. When you see the clock and table on the right, you can see the digital products are mimicking the trends and styles from the physical objects. Thus change the social values which provide different prices, names, and formats.

I used, the free 3D archives to create new objects. I made a random object generator, by using computer processing, which combines a name and two different 3D objects randomly. It unbinds the object’s ability to generate the meaning from human and physical space. Although it looks weird, I started, thinking about the meaning of the product. The name and product were interacting to formulate a context.

I created more objects. This combination of objects and names doesn’t make sense. But you could start thinking ‘what is the lamp. What is a bible? what is their function? How they can operate?’. It provokes conversation between the objects and names thought collaborative interaction. Perhaps, you need to think about the condition of objects compared with the physical space as well.

After making them, I found some similarities between the random object generator and physical hand-crafts. They are not a mass-production process. They create the objects’ meaning through a process.

They are making value with this kind of process rather than evaluating the meaning with only outcomes. They use a simple tool, make unexpected mistake, self-production, material-based design, and engage a conversation between people.

Perhaps, It is recontextualising the manufacturing process in digital crafted creation by changing the meaning of objects.

I made a website with all of the project information to explain different perspectives of the digital objects. And It constantly provides open-ended questions. ‘what is the condition to define the meaning of objects?’ and ‘how it would be changed in digital context’ to the audience. And the question should be on-going with my next term.

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