Primary Research

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Lens on Life Exhibition: Lethaby Gallery

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T2 Tea Shop

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Book: Appetite for Design by Victionary

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Book: Folding Techniques by Paul Jackson

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  • I was curious to find new ways of packaging/displaying/holding items and therefore thought it would be interesting to look into paper folding a a technique. I stumbled across Paul Jackson's book which contains numerous different folds for different purposes. 
  • The ones I have inserted here are some of the ones that I tried making and altering to properly suit my project. 
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  • The publication itself is also part of the artists message and I really liked how they considered the use of paper stocks as well as changing the paper sizes within the pubication to change things up a bit or highlight the information they want to. 
  • The gold book is a statement in itself as it stands out next to other publications and books. It was also quite a large book which makes it quite hefty but luxurious at the same time. 
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Museum: The Wellcome Collection

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Some Interesting Packaging in the Wellcome Collection Shop

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  • They were selling some interesting products at the wellcome collection shop and found some packaging that were interesting. 
  • I really liked the very geometric packaging as they look particularly interesting when stacked and placed in large quantities. 
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Library: Materials Researc

Wearable Electronics:

  • "Prototype streetwear developed by Phillis, providing personal downloadable sound entertainment on the omve. It has a smart pocket with a digital audo player and headphones that havce been integrated in the hood. The back of the jacket has a display that reacts to the sound frequency by emitting pulsating light."
  • I thought it was a really interesting development in technology which also further highlights the capabilities of technology in our future. 
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The Science Museum

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The Photographers Gallery: Penelope Umbrico

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Tate Modern

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  • I came to the tate modern to look at how artists incorporate colour into their work. 
  • The piece above: Donald Judd 1928-1994, Untitled, Steel, Alumnium and Perspex
  • Donald Judd began making stacks in the 1960s. Most consist of ten elements and are stacked and ordered according to strict principles. The gap between each unit, and between the first unit and the floor, should be the height of a single unit. 
  • I admire his attention to the sensuous qualities of his materials which at first glance may not be deduced. 
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Pace Gallery: James Turrell

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Royal Academy Exhibition: Mariko Mori / Rebirth

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  • I really like the way in which they have created this constant dialogue between two opposing ways of producing knowledge, art an science. 
  • "The Scientist: Is engaged in a similar dialogue with nature and with fellow human beings. A scientist's idea is tested by observation. What is observed is only similar to what he had in mind and not identical. Throguh similarties and differences comes a new idea, which is in turn tested."
  • "The Artist: The first thing artists do is only similar to what they may have in mind. Artists see the similarity and difference, and from this perception something further emerges in their next action. Something new is continually created that is common to the artist and the material on which they are working in a continuous dialogue."
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  • Having such a broad range of teas to choose from almost makes you feel as though each tea is brewed specifically for you. Each day a small selection of teas are chosen to brew and allow for tasting. 
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  • Landini Associates has teamed up with the iconic Australian tea brand, T2. 
  • The design itself is dedicated to celebrating the centuriies-old art of making and drinking tea. 
  • The store is fitted with display counters made from layers of interwoven welded steel expose the inner workings of the drawers
  • Their trademark orange packaging is offset by the industrial colour palette, most noticeable the blackened, oxidized steel of the tea library. 
  • I really like the aesthetic of the store especially the packaging of the tea
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Twnety Three Pairs, 2002, Digital Print by Andrea Duncan

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  • During her three-year residency with the Department of Haematology as King's College Hospital, the artist became fascinated with the structure of chromosomes which contain the genetic material DNA. 
  • The variety Ducnan found in the chromosomes, reminded her of an 'odd sock drawer.'
  • She arranged in the classic layout the 23 pairs of human chromosomees known as karyotype. 
  • The socks serve to demonstrate the unique genetic composition of each individual. 
  • I really like how she has taken something like her unique perspective and constructed a more understandable diagram providing an explanation of scientific data. I like how she has simplified a cmplex scientific theory to use such ordinary objects (like socks) to illustrate it instead. 
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  • Ice/Water through a polarized lens
  • Polarizing filters can increase colour saturation and decrease reflections .They work by filtering out sunlight which has been directly reflected toward the eye at specific angles. The angle that is filtered is controlled by rotating the polarizer itself and the strength of this effect can be controlled by chagnging the line of sight. 
  • It creates some interesting patterns that has inspired by sensory experience experiments in my project
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  • She focuses on collective practices in photography which has led her to examine subjects that are collectively photographed. 
  • She takes the sheer quantity of images online as a collective archive that represents society - a constantly changing auto-portrait. 
  • Her work is an accumulation that navigates between consumer and producer, materiality and immateriality, and individual and collective expression. 
  • What I find most interesting about her collective photography is the fact that a single image alone from one of her collections would obtain little to no impact on an audience and only when they are placed together as a collective whole do they obtain the same force and experience on the audience. 
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  • For over three decades, he has used light and indeterminate space-not objects or images-to extend and enhance perception. 
  • His art creates environments that his audience experiences when visitng the exhibition. Unlike traditional museums and exhibitions where you visit them to look at a piece of art; his work forces you to experience it and images often do not do it justice. 
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  • Lens OnLIfe is aimed at disseminating the scientific knowledge acquired during the five years of MitoSys. 
  • This project consists of 13 different research institutes collaborating to reveal how genes and proteins orchestrate mitosis in human cells. 
  • The exhibition emerges from a dialogue, established between artists and scientists, concerning one of the funamental mechanisms of human life - mitosis. 
  • It offers a novel take on mitosis and human cell division throughhistorical and contemporar references and an imaginative interpretation by the artists involved. 
  • The works exhibited within the exhibition are the tangible results of the re-elaboration and experimentation aimed at providing a new perspective upon the processes of mitosis and meiosis. 
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  • To investigate more into 'the future' i decided to look into goods and products that people classify as being 'futuristically designed.' 
  • In this book specifically, I noticed that often the products that are designed quite 'minimalistically' or products made of glass and other transparent materials seemed to be classifed as 'futuristic.' 
  • This really highlighted what people stereotypically consider as 'futuristic.
  • After finding many books that classify these aesthetics as a futuristic design, it really made me realize that it really isn't how the future is going to look like.
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  • Although minimalism seems to be believed to be the future of design, it doesn't fundamentally depict ' the future' as a whole. 
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  • I want to approach my project aiming to bring a new perspective in a unique way. I decided to look through some alternative creative projects by current artists that have been published. 
  • I looked at various projects by graphic designers, photographers, creative directors and artists to see what they have come up with recently. 
  • I particularly liked the use of overlay as it adds diensions and perspectives physically and communicates messages very well. I also particularly liked the use of colours. For example, the simple use of neon colours makes it stand out more and makes the image more interesting instead of using monochoromatic colours. 
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Wellcome Collection

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Biomimetics:

  • "Imitating a living bio system"
  • It is used to describe the science of identifying and understanding the mechanisms by which nature can respond automatically to external stimulation. 
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  • Some really interesting patterns can be created by simply mixing dry ice with water with a colourful background. 
  • I really like this piece in the science museum as you can physically move the water and the dry ice to create some different swirls and makes some interesting patterns in the process. 
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  • "The idea of absence and erasure is a constant theme in her work especailly with the regard to the popular uses of technologies in photography and on the internet that seem to promise visibility, community and intimacy."
  • In a lot of her work, she addresses how differently an image functions on the internet than in physical time/space, the shifts in meaning around the subject, depicted in the image in both contexts, and what happens to the image's perceived value when transcribed form web-based to print-based media. 
  • I really like she refers to the internet and the media as almost a 'parallel universe' where things appear the same but are different in some way. 
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  • HIs pieces often takes the form of geometric shapes. He often simplifies an object into a basic structure such as a cube or a square, he sought not so much to develop variations as to search out possibilities. 
  • Fixed on the wall or positioned on the floor, they challenge you to understand them. 
  • "How does an inanimate object so carefully contrived become such a live presence before you is almost impossible to pin down." 
  • He controls your focus. "Placed at eye level on the wall, they come out towards you, imposing themselves on your space as well as inviting you into theirs. Standing on the floor, they induce you to look down and into the internal spaces hidden from your sight line." 
  • I really feel like the entire exhibition is all about perception which is a topic that I am looking into in my project as I look at sensory experiences. 
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  • Rebirth revolved around the death and new life of a star but reaches into meditations on the ancient wisdom of astronomic knowledge and the reach for the universal and eternal. 
  • It is evident that she is fascinated by what she calls "inner light" as she mixes simplicity with modern technology. 
  • I really like the style and the vibe of the pieces in her exhibiition. ShHer exhibition is almost like a portal into the future. 
  • Some of her new work is a installation of cosmic-style structures on the inhabited continents of the world. 
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