First off I would like to say I have enjoyed this project, it has thrown me out of my usual, technically minded comfort zone. The conversations I have had have inspired the research we have done as a group and how I wanted to proceed with this project.
In the first two weeks, we were tasked with mapping out our ideas onto the wall to create a detective like collage that linked all our ideas together. At first I thought, what if we create a project around each one of our ideas, creating some sort of “hertzian space” multi-verse idea. I soon found this was not going to be plausible as some of our ideas were too separate from each other.
We spent a lot of time talking and deliberating over which idea was best to move forward with and found out we were all happy with Kinetic architecture and that technology surrounds us. So, there you have it, what if the Hertzian space around us could control the building we walk in? For instance, the bubble of signals around you would interact with nanotechnology in the walls to create an opening for you to walk through. Upon reflection and questioning from Steve and Martyn, we realised this idea had no ground as there was no cause for this kind of technology to exist. More on this later.
Creating two separate groups was a great call as it allowed us to explore more than just one idea. Sometime in the middle of this project, myself, Callum, Kayla and Todd realised we had another idea that we thought needed attention in this exciting project. This was the start of Group C. (for me this meant option C, as in all the above). We wanted to take all of the ideas from our mapping weeks and see if we could come up with a body of work to represent the idea of death and what it means in our society.
In a long and very through provoking conversation, we were throwing around question like: “What is the afterlife? Could Murder be legal if no one dies? Can people be trusted with control of death? What if too many people died and we run out of space?” Then we thought about of presenting these ideas. Do we use video graphics, projections? Until eventually the DUST settled, what if dust is the key?
Sometime passed and the eureka moment happened, we created the Amazon Pulse (there is no sponsorship from amazon or any of its products). A device than can recall the emotions of lost loved ones. One day we will have so much information on social media that a program could take all the qualities it learns about a person and re-create them, using the ashes and dust lying around them. Even more personal, when a person is cremated the ashes of that person could be used to re-create them. Before the death of a person, there facial emotions and daily reactions could be recorded so that the amazon pulse could even talk to you. Say a wife would ask a husband “honey how do you carve a turkey?”. The normal response may be “you carve a turkey like this…”. But the Pulse animation may respond with “Aren’t you a vegetarian?”. This would be the response because on a personal level, the lost loved one would know enough about the living person to answer this way.
This was presented in a way that could show the best qualities of all our work. Myself and Kayla had a photo shoot to merge the many emotion of my face into one image. (This graphic was photo-shopped by Callum). Insert.
This was to be used as the promotional poster, to show that the Pulse could capture and emit all the emotions of a person once lost. Along with the ones below that show what the Pulse would look like in a home situation.
Todd created a device that could hold a camera in front of a person’s face and spent a day recording his daily activities. This was cropped together into a video and this represented the type of things that Pulse could record. Just imagine being able to go for a walk or bike ride with someone once lost to you.
My role was to create a manifesto that would show the audience exactly what we were aiming for in this project.
When writing the manifesto, I was looking into other products on amazon and thought I would add a bit of humour. Making the manifesto an advertisement for the Pulse, tell customers about its amazing features and what it could do for you.
At the end of our presentation, we received great feedback and found that a lot of laughter was had during it. A comment that was made was, what was the significance of the humour? Upon reflection, I thought that humour was as the other end of a deadly situation, so it shows the very bitterness of death.
Going back to Group four, now known as the World of Bubble. Since the idea of kinetic architecture, we thought, what if society had depleted the world natural resources with such a high demand for mobile phones and could we use the hertzian space around us to create and immaterial mobile phone. Below is an image of our Manifesto: Insert:
To put this shortly, our technology, information and world could be controlled by this bubble that surrounded us. It would work using the very energy that we use and draw in any bad signals around us and turn them into something useful. Being married to someone would mean sharing your bubble, creating a family would connect your bubbles and therefore connect everything about you. Your personality, your date and your loves would always be connected.
To help present this, our Graphic designers Clare and Sarah created some great visuals to show how the world of bubble would look for a Wobbler. Along with an artefact, made by myself and Callum that shows a city of people and couples walking around with their bubbles.
After our presentation, I was given time to reflect on our ideas, maybe the device works like google maps where only relevant information would be stored, based on your location and the activity you were doing. When having children, the bubble would connect them to you, until they were old enough to have their own, like a parent giving their child their first phone.
Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed the out of the box thinking of these projects. I see now that the world is not all about what is directly in front of you, but what could happen. There is an infinite possibility of futures ahead of us, and it’s up to our generation to decided what kind of designs with influence future generation. Even though I am a BSc product designer, I aim to use what I have learned here to help with my designs in the future. Combining my technical knowledge of what already exists; with this critical aspect of design, I aim to change the way people see design and how social and politically aimed designs can shape a different future.