Archive for April, 2016


Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

GENRE—–Pattern,   Style,   Form,   Structure.

  • Why is genre important to storytelling?
  1. Genre’s elements influence the construction of the ‘text’ and the perception, expectations, and reading/interpretation of the audience/interactor.
  2. Both the construction and reading of the text are based on the commonly understood language of signs and conventions adopted by genres
  • What are the main elements of genre?
  1. characters
  2. setting
  3. iconography
  4. style

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What specific signifiers of genre are associated with music and how do they work on audiences?


Genre of Music 

  • R&B
  • jazz
  • Hip-hop
  • Classical
  • Indie-indie rock, indie folk,
  • Alternative
  • Rock
  • Heavy metal
  • Pop- dream pop, …
  • Electronic
  • Religious
  • Folk
  • Country
  • Reggae
  • vapor wave
  • easy listening music/ambient
  • world music
  • experimental music
  • ACG
  • OST/Film Soundtrack

These music can work for different purpose. I have different list of music in my player based on the way I want it to help me.

  • Work: some fresh electronic music

Mark Redito (fka Spazzkid) – Desire 願う (Side A)

  • Study: classical music can help me set up memory of the knowledge

Mozart: Piano concerto n. No. 21 in C major, K.467 Pollini-Muti

  • Doing Exercise: I like listening to Hip-Hop when I run because the strong beat with high speed can empower me when I get tired.


  • Bathing/Doing Housework:

some familiar pop song that I like to sing with/ or just listening with. My mom listening to her favorite old songs to practice singing for Karaoke when she is doing housework at home.


  • Before Sleep:  peaceful, slow

Song on the Beach—Acre Fire


  • Wake up Alarm: peaceful, powerful groove.

Tom Misch – In The Midst Of It All (feat. Sam Wills)


  • Rest/Chillin:

Groovy music or extremely relax music like Jazz Hip-Hop, dream pop,

Chill Instrumental Hiphop & JazzHop Mix (Part 1/5)

  • For Sad Mood:

The song I really found touching me and make me cry.


9 Crimes—-Damien Rice


  • In Underground: since the environment is very noisey, i usually listening to indie rock on underground.

Deerhunter “Agoraphobia”

Reference list:

Most Popular by Genre


Hunicke, R. MDA: A Formal Approach to Game Design and Game Research Available at: MDA.pdf


Blade Runner and the Postmodern use of Mise-en-scene, A.R. Duckworth

Thomas Dreher

History of Computer Art


Imaginary Worlds

Monday, April 18th, 2016
  1. How to build an Imaginary World?
  • Analogy—-copy, combine, transform
  • Another Analogy—-take a real world phenomenon and turn it on its head

2.Principles of theImaginary World?



  • self discovery journey
  • The worlds are designed to play with the rules of logic and the known world, turning them on their heads.


    (Bartle, 2009)

4.Questions to ask of the design process of a imaginary world

  1. Does it give EVIDENCE?
  2. what are its geographical, physical and atmospheric features?
  3. Do these features make the world convincing? believable? COHERENT?
  4. Does it give the audience/player room to do their imagination?
  5. Is it centered on the EXPERIENCE?



What are the most important purposes of imaginary world?

there are two purpose of imaginary world:

1. work as a model to help us confront and understand the real world.

What I want my alphabet to convey to the reader is the sensation that children feel in front of books they cannot yet understand. ((Luigi Serafini,2013)

2. remix “dream, fantasy, phenomenon cannot be understand(—>myth) , and evidence of reality” to build a new model


RATHER THAN SEEING FICTION as simply entertainment, separated out from reality, then, it makes more sense to see works of fiction as models of this world, the real world, the one world we’ve got. Of course, the dragon inThe Hobbit isn’t meant to indicate that dragons are real — part of the fun of building models is thinking about “what ifs” and imagining what could or couldn’t work. But The Hobbit is still a model about (for example) how greed works, when violence is worthwhile or ennobling, what you do with monsters, whether it’s more fun and virtuous to sit at home or to go on exciting adventures, and what guys get to do and girls don’t.

3. entering an imaginary world also build a new imaginary world in our mind based on our personal experience and interpretation of this imaginary world—-

You see what you want to see. You might think it’s speaking to you, but it’s just your imagination. (Luigi Serafini,2013)






What subjects does the imaginary world of

——— explore, and how?

Codex Seraphinianus: History’s Most Bizarre and Beautiful Encyclopedia, Brought Back to Life

Codex Seraphinianus: History’s Most Bizarre and Beautiful Encyclopedia, Brought Back to Life

Confronting Reality by Reading Fantasy

Actual Places

Monday, April 18th, 2016

People find meaning in a place not by accessing a “true”

denotation but by finding a connotation based on what

they are predisposed to look for’ (Davis 2005, pp. 610).

  • connotation 暗示,内涵—-the way been experienced and understood with selected meanings based on specific interpretations
  • denotation 字面意义,注释—-representation of a place


shape place: based on interpretation of given place, and informed by semiotic linking of representations of similar places.

(Davis 2005, p. 607)


A place is both actual and discursive, meaning that it is constructed by the way it is symbolically constructed, produced and re-produced through language and other signs (media texts, literature, images, film) etc.


  • 森山大道
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Japanese photography after world war II

(how photography been influenced as well as constructing the representation and meaning of specific actual places?


  • How photography and poetry create an actual experience of an actual place?


  • 摄影项目 从窗户往外看观察到的用洞洞显现出来的影像,往对面楼看的窗户和反光,
  • 地方特征和拍摄取景、取材的不同,表现的是情绪?社会关系,变化场景等周遭让观察者本身审视了自己和周围?故事还是没有结局和固定理解的碎片意识流?传递了什么观念?
  • 有什么代表性的事物用不同的角度去凸显了不同的性质吗?
  • the relationship between actual places, memories, belong-ship,  how we see the world,
  • the objects?
  • street photography, photography project, poetry photography,



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  • non-place


  • actual place in fiction— the fiction contributed significantly to the way a place is experienced

how the human interact with the place construct the meaning of the place (installation, art work) 

Olafur Eliason


How have representations of a place shaped your actual experience of that location?


For my hometown: Guangzhou. the representation of Guangzhou is the food there. The high acceptance of food also leads to high acceptance of culture, and people’s attitude to the food, like soup and morning tea. People who live and work in old town as traditional Guangdong Citizen make a great contrast to the developed cityscape in the center of the city. In old town, there are more old people.

For London:

Modernity , high efficiency and quality, ordered, distant, polite, educated, high acceptance of urban culture(not as open as New York or some other European city actually).


Consider the key symbols and representations that construct ‘London’, and consider how this image corresponds to your experience of living in the city

The traffic(underground, bus,)  罢工,游行-明主?city workers and



reference list:


picture resource:

17 New Images From Pixar’s UP