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Invisible Current - Outcome & Reflection

Due to the COVID-19 spread all over the world, we had to change the plan of the offsite show. During the lockdown period, our team made a website for exhibiting works. To create a more immersive viewing experience, we added some water sounds that can be triggered by viewers on web pages. Meanwhile, we had taken the suggestion of Benji, selected some colours derived from our works as the backdrops of each other's pages. For my project, I could only make a 2D page for showing, which reduced the coherency and sensory experience. The viewer can click each picture of manhole cover to play the sound track with scorlling the page to listen different parts.

After the offsite show over, this project is temporily ended. During these months, I was asking myself how can art and design change current climate issue. I read the story of Lucy Hughes, who invented the material made by fish skin which can substitute plastic, listened presentation by Canadian activist Ken Wu who organised events to protect old tree in Canada and watched talks about eco concept in fashion industry. However, I am still feeling pessimistic because one idea that profoundly impressed me at the beginning of the research is yet haunting in my mind that the essential step of changing the climate issue is actually the energy revolution. Unless human beings can search out a new form of energy that can totally substitute the role of fossil fuels, even cleaner and cheaper, then the we may see the day of resolving this problem utterly and globally. One important thing that we need to think about is how can we make art and design more approachable to everyone, regardless of the education and culture background.

For next step, I think the question 8 ('Can the afterlife of an exhibit have more effect than the physical experience?') in the unit 4 gallery visiting sheet is very intriguing, combing with the topics like the age of Instagram.


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