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Exhibition Review of Unkown Fields

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Exhibition review of Unknown Fields

After the class of Imagine world on screen, we were been asked to go to this exhibition set up in AA gallery at London College of Architecture.

It’s a rainy windy day of London. Me and my friends spent a while to find the place, since there is not an obvious sign of the place so we missed it when we already passed there.

It did feels good to get inside a warm place to hide away from the rain in cold winter. However, when I get into the building and ask about the exhibition, the man sit behind the door was kind disappointed that we came to see this little exhibition instead of attending some other activity they were hosting But later I can see why he reacted like that, since the exhibition is really smaller than I expected.

The exhibition has been designed really well with 5 sections, so the main video can be watched by sitting in a middle size bus skeleton in the middle of the exhibition, and there are few installations and designed objects placed near seats. The big printed photography hanging outside the bus, with few metal needle painting works on the wall. Last I found 6 well designed booklets for this exhibition recording the process of research, observation, thinking and installation/product working process placed on the platform.

The video was edited in a way which reminds me about TV series Black Mirror, with that data and words flashing on the moving image of still or one direction moving angle shoot from drone. It’s the data of the city shaping it, a electronic earth.They can be seen as portraits of a model lost and yet to find from dramatisations of data. I felt like began an road trip to visit an unknown city when I sit down in the bus as part of exhibition.

Someone used to told me the biggest object in the room will influence the way you feel about the room. When I entered this exhibition, there is a big middle skeleton structure of a bus in this small room of exhibition. I think for one factor influence the quality of this exhibition is the small space to contain this bus skelton.I already felt that discomfort when I just entered this exhibition, and I didn’t change my mind after I visited every part of it as a whole. In my imagination and real experience, the topic they are trying to depict really worth a wilder space to create a feeling more bleaker and empty with more white space between different pieces.

However my way of looking at this exhibition changed a little bit after having a discussion with my classmate who also visit there. Since the exhibition was well placed, staying in this small space to visit an unknown fields by reimagined road trip could be suitable for delivering the message . The small space represent the people live in the city, since they don’t have feeling of those unseen, unknown activities, pollutions, change happening out there around the world. And taking this road trip to these reimagined unknown places.

My favorite object is three ‘rare earththenware’ vessels made from toxic mud from a rare earth tailing lake in Baotou, Linner Mongolia. The size of them represent how much toxic byproduct derived from producing digital devices like cell of car battery, laptop and smartphones. It’s said that these toxic byproducts represent the undesirable consequences tracing the shadows of material desire along the supply chains and cargo routes of south China sea. The way they didn’t make the consequences looks negative and ugly but been given more meaning based on designed objects. These beautiful designed arts make me more interested about what’s the story and meaning been given behind it. I think this design can lead more related discussion about more unknown fields we are not aware of in the world instead of only see the date and video recording about it.


Utopia and Dystopia

Monday, October 17th, 2016

This week we were been led to exploring Utopia and Dystopia through seven kind of aspects based on lots of reading and discussion activities at class.

Before doing the reading I didn’t think about there were so many debates based on definition about what is utopia. My original idea about utopia is a imagined place where the evil power doesn’t exist, no levels or too much desire, and the social system is completely perfect to make everyone satisfied, so it’s a dreamland for everyone to live in peacefully. I guess my definition of Utopia kind of based on an Classical Chinese we learned in junior school, which the idea and the way of writing of this ideal place really left a strong impression in my memory.

This is a good translate version of this classical  Chinese story I found —-


The Peach Colony (translated by Lin Yutang 林语堂)


During the reign of Taiyuan of Chin, there was a fisherman of Wuling. One day he was walking along a bank. After having gone a certain distance, he suddenly came upon a peach grove which extended along the bank for about a hundred yards. He noticed with surprise that the grove had a magic effect, so singularly free from the usual mingling of brushwood, while the beautifully grassy ground was covered with its rose petals. He went further to explore, and when he came to the end of the grove, he saw a spring which came from a cave in the hill, Having noticed that there seemed to be a weak light in the cave, he tied up his boat and decided to go in and explore. At first the opening was very narrow, barely wide enough for one person to go in. After a dozen steps, it opened into a flood of light. He saw before his eyes a wide, level valley, with houses and fields and farms. There were bamboos and mulberries; farmers were working and dogs and chickens were running about. The dresses of the men and women were like those of the outside world, and the old men and children appeared very happy and contented. They were greatly astonished to see the fisherman and asked him where he had come from. The fisherman told them and was invited to their homes, where wine was served and chicken was killed for dinner to entertain him. The villagers hearing of his coming all came to see him and to talk. They said that their ancestors had come here as refugees to escape from the tyranny of Tsin Shih-huang (builder of Great Wall) some six hundred years ago, and they had never left it. They were thus completely cut off from the world, and asked what was the ruling dynasty now. They had not even heard of the Han Dynasty (two centuries before to two centuries after Christ), not to speak of the Wei (third century A.D.) and the Chin (third and fourth centuries). The fisherman told them, which they heard with great amazement. Many of the other villagers then began to invite him to their homes by turn and feed him dinner and wine.After a few days, he took leave of them and left. The villagers begged him not to tell the people outside about their colony.


The man found his boat and came back, marking with signs the route he had followed. He went to the magistrate’s office and told the magistrate about it. The latter sent someone to go with him and find the place. They looked for the signs but got lost and could never find it again. Liu Tsechi of Nanyang was a great idealist. He heard of this story, and planned to go and find it, but was taken ill and died before he could fulfill his wish. Since then, no one has gone in search of this place.



this is an animation been made based on the story.

The background of this story is really important for understanding it. Since the author was living in an unpeaceful era, and he was really unsatisfied with the dirty, cruel reality. So in this story he connected the ideal and reality together and depicted a place where normal people live free, peacefully and equal to each other, and been once accidental found by an piscator and never can be found ever. The people there all originally escaped from war for centuries ago, and never get in touch with outside world ever.

From the story we can see their is only farming culture exist in this ‘Utopia’ for people lived in East Jin Dynasty. People live with nature peacefully and following the mind of Confucianism. All political thing kind of been weaken.

I didn’t think of this ancient chinese I learned before I started writing review of this lecture I took. At class we were been asked about what’s our utopia demands, and I wrote things like everyone can do their own things properly instead of trying to get something good from others, and live peacefully with less desire I think? although at first I want to write the only demands is no human being, but then this answer become too extreme so I changed it to that.I guess my ideal of utopia was influenced by that classical chinese I learned, only the difference is that’s not a society with only farming culture but with more people focus on their own job like doing cultural change and social change not based on desire of money or power and won’t be controlled by that feeling.

From the reading we do about concepts of utopia and dystopia from Thomas More, we know that utopia is a conflict idea that represent desire of a better world that’s too good to really exist.

When the idea of Utopia as blueprint been introduced, I found this kind of static, fix physical form in purpose to make everyone live equally as it look, which make it looks like a prison as well. Since the terrain was leveled area already, it showed the benefit for some certain level or certain purpose more obviously. City like Dubai, Las Vegas and Pruitt were been mentioned between discussion at class.

contemporary intersections between art/design and utopian practice.

The main theme of 2016 London Design Biennale is about Utopia, and our group chose the design from Saudi Arabia and Shenzhen from the Biennale to identify, and connect with the book <the principle of hope> by Ernst Bloch to find how content, form, and function been intersected in art and design field of utopia practice. The utopia impulse, which could transform the essence of utopia thinking—- the desire to a method for an imaginary reconstructed society. From “what it will be” to “what it could be” is working in the process as method.

When Utopia as Political practice been talked about at class, our group have an interesting conversation started with education system in China to education in German, about how kids and teenager are being educated to be sorry about what their ancestor did and should be humble and at the same time how Chinese teenagers were taught to Love their country and Communism without teaching us to critical thinking the related subjects and societal issues. From german student’s sharing, I know some social issues are not being delivered to teenagers that well in German which cause lots of them start rave movement and being angry about knowing little of it.(but all youth I know from German think their government has highly transparent system, and youth all concern about a lot of social issues, but still..i don’t know all..)

Which I felt there are a lot of issues from nowadays are not been included in our education system, like the recognition of ourselves, our emotion and the highly developing digital world we are living in. Although we learned about a lot of classical chinese as well, but there are still lack of different aspects of Chinese culture. But more importantly, I think the social issues link with society today need to be taught about more, and critical thinking should be taught by different teaching methods as well.


other points at class that’s not so clear or familiar much yet:

-queerness of utopianism

-what these different approaches to utopia(as blueprint, method and practice)have meant for urban design (eg Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh),

art and design (eg Jeremy Deller, Deterritorial Support Group—-analysing their Ten Growth Markets(tendency) for Crisis, the relevance of critical imaginative potential of future action for art and design.)

and politics (egIn discussion around Lucy Sargisson’s work on intentional communities,the kibbutz and Auroville were brought up as examples we could critique.).

 What is a concrete or everyday utopia?

How are critical dystopias actually utopian? 




Deterritorial Support Group (2011) Ten Growth Markets for Crisis, A Trend Forecast

Levitas, R. (2010) Preface to 2nd edition and introduction, in The Concept of Utopia. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Moylan, T (2014) Introduction, in Demand the Impossible: Science Fiction and the Utopian Imagination. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Muñoz, JE (2009) Introduction: Feeling Utopia, in Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity, New York: New York University Press, 2009.


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,



image source:





  • 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

Visit to Westminster Art Reference Library

Sunday, February 21st, 2016





Exhibition Visit to Museum of Innocence

Sunday, February 14th, 2016


First institution crated for a novel.

The careful collection and curation of each piece in the exhibition demonstrates the magic of everyday items and the imprint we leave not just on the lives of those who love us but the objects with which we surround ourselves.

how the meaning changed through different composition

How to Make statement by absence/presence

Diets secod third person describing

Who is telling this?







Reference List:



Exhibition introduction—-

Listening to Turkish music while writing this blog, which is the way  writer did when he wrote his novel—-


Some Book Review I read about—-


Visual Sequence

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

How does continuity editing differ from my montage?

Continuity Editing

—-present an image of the world that is ordered, coherent and structured.

Knowledge Record:

  • Jump cut: interrupt a single shot and produce a noticeable ship.

  • Establishing shot: show the whole acne, setting, spatial relationships between character and important action.(long shot)
  • 180 degree rule(do not cross the line)
  • Match on action (Conversation and reaction shot cutaways, this kind of Match cut shows relationships.)

the way of matching scene transitions imply connected different meaning in story.

(see 金敏’s work, the way of matching scene transitions

establishing shot? no, only a point of view to bring you in his world

  • Eyeliner matches
  • 30 degree rule
  • Shot reverse shot editing

Reverse shot has some specific pattern to do it in film to preserve the coherence of space. And the jump cut will be avoided that won’t violate th 30• rule.


Sometimes the editor will withhold narrative informations from the viewer by avoiding reverse shot for POVs. Because part of pleasure of the horror film is identifying with monsters and villains; the missing reverse shot can help make this possible. (154)

  • POV: point of view + subjective shot

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Intensified editing(new style, lass medium shot; more,tighter and faster)

Five minute sequence to analysis 

Any moment didn’t followed

So what’s the sequence of that?

How many kind of transitions been used?

The movement and shape of the two objects is matched graphically, (or in same layout) stressing a thematic relationship between the first to and the invention of space travel.( all in single cut)

Graphic matches create visual relationships between shots, often emphasis thematic or spatial relationships between objects/subjects. 

Discontinuity Editing 

(Narrative is not the main purpose, but to create physically affect)

Refer to character psychology, graphic and rhythmic relationship, or comment on the ideological form of the medium.

 Film has the ability to take an audience on a journey like no other art form. This is what a story does, the power of narrative is that it can immerse you completely, to the point you forget your own reality for those few minutes or couple of hours.


How do cinematic codes contribute meaning in a scene of your choice?

What are the key differences between cinematic and comic story-telling?

Audiovisual Moving Images—Time based media

Comic—-spatial, multi-directional, simultaneity






A Visual Introduction to Soviet Montage Theory: A Revolution in Filmmaking

The Language of Film, 2010.

Robert Edgar-Hunt, John Marland, Steven Rawie

Fairytales+?=Interactive Narratives

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Propp’s structural analysis is helpful when analysing stories in ? way?

Analysing structure can clarify when events or characters aren’t functioning as they should…

Structure Analysis

Morphology(study of forms) of the folktale

FUNCTION of character (leads their action) > Character’s dramatic personae

focus on what they do instead of who they are

sphere of action(31 in the list) ->character personae (7 main)

• The villain
• The donor
• The helper
• The princess, and her father

• The dispatcher

• The hero (seeker-hero, victim hero)

• The false hero

“The fairy tale simplifies all situations. Its figures are clearly drawn; and details, unless very important, are eliminated. all characters are typical rather than unique.” (p8, Bettelhelm,1991)

in what ways can fairy tale be seen as interactive narratives?

since old folk fairy tale was the result of a story being shaped and reshape end by being told million of times, by different adults to all kinds of other adults and children. The storytelling process play an important role in how children been influenced by fairytale.

“Children not only know how to deal with parental distortions of fairy tales, but they also have their own ways to dealing with story elements which run counter to their emotional needs.” 

The story will be reshaped in children’s mind when there are some activity happened, and they adjust the version of fairytale into their needs or their circumstances. 
For example, a mother postponed the catastrophes till next morning so her child can imagine freely about what’s going to happen next. And the mother will reshaped the story beaded on her child’s imagination some how. And her child will be excited about the story much more. This kind of interactive storytelling and receiving process create a replaced version of fairy tale, which based on specific childhood, is more meaningful for how much can a fairy tale works. 

A fairytale guide a child to find solutions to the problems that beats him, and guide him to understand himself. 

Jojo’s Rescue

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 14.01.04There once was a tiger called Jojo, small in size but full of energy. She and her friends would often play together day by day near the river. One day her friends got kidnapped by a hunter. Jojo was too small to defeat the hunter, therefore she could not do anything to rescue her friends. She then decided to grow stronger and learn how to fight in order to defeat the hunter and rescue her friends. While she was training, she saw an explorer being attacked by a snake. The explorer was screaming for help, so Jojo rescued the explorer.

As a thank you, the explorer decided to help Jojo find her friends. The explorer knew the location of the hunter, therefore she assumed the animals would be with him as well. Jojo and the explorer went on a journey to find the hunter.

They found the hunter. Jojo’s friends were put into cages. This made her angry and attack the hunter.  The explorer caught the hunter before he tried to escape and took him to the police.

Jojo was finally able to free her friends from the cages and they all went back to the jungle.