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Week 10 - Final Project Update

        In recent years, there has been an increasing number of scientists who recognize synthetic fiber as a significant source of pollution on a global scale, endangering our ecosystem through its circulation. During the laundry process, an extensive amount of microfiber would be washed off from the clothing, which is largely constitutive of synthetic fiber. Once the microfiber gets into the sewer, it would likely to be carried by the flow into the ocean, causing a great threat to our marine ecosystem.

Week 10 - Final Project Update

        In recent years, there has been an increasing number of scientists who recognize synthetic fiber as a significant source of pollution on a global scale, endangering our ecosystem through its circulation. During the laundry process, an extensive amount of microfiber would be washed off from the clothing, which is largely constitutive of synthetic fiber. Once the microfiber gets into the sewer, it would likely to be carried by the flow into the ocean, causing a great threat to our marine ecosystem.

Week 9 - Guest Speaker Kaitlin Bryson

        This week, we are lucky to have Kaitlin Bryson as our guest speaker who gave a presentation of works in class. Studied Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, she is currently an artist residing in the high deserts of New Mexico. Spending her life in the high deserts as an artist as well as an organic farmer, nature has been the recurring theme of many of Bryon’s art works.

Week 8 - Water and Sound

        In the previous week, we visited the ArtSci Center at the Nanosystems Institute here at UCLA and experienced the interactive installation “Noise Aquarium,” which right away reminds me of an artwork by British contemporary artist Isaac Julien. His 2014 installation art Ten Thousand Waves became an instant masterpiece following its successful premier at MoMA New York.

Week 5 - Further Research on Microplastic Wastes

        What are microplastics? According to the National Ocean Service, microplastics, in a nutshell, are “small plastic pieces less than five millimeters long which can be harmful to our ocean and aquatic life.” Generated from health and beauty products such as certain cleansers and toothpastes, microplastics come from our daily life and could potentially have a huge impact on our environment. Generally speaking, microplastics are tiny plastic detritus that can be easily ignored by the people.

Week 4 - Book Hunting at LAABF 2019

The annual LA Art Book Fair organized by Printed Matter’s was held in mid-April at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with 390 exhibitors from over 30 countries. I was glad that I had the opportunity to be exhibiting my works and tabling our department’s booth on the opening night. LAABF 2019 serves not only as a community for art book enthusiasts but also a site for dialogue and exchange around all facets of art publishing.

Week 3 - Embracing the Death

      As we are now living in a world overwhelmed by social networks, we seldom pay attention to the eco-network run by mycelium embedded under the ground. Mycelium’s innate ability to recycle nutrients between organisms keeps the ecosystem connected without people noticing. We have been exposed under the challenge of environmental ethics to anthropocentrism (i.e., human-centeredness) ever since Aristotle (E.

Week 1 - Bread and Society

After watching the documentary Cooked in class last Wednesday, I couldn’t stop thinking about how interesting the interaction between food and civilizations is throughout social progresses. I had no idea how simple it could be to make bread out of only flour, water, and salt, despite most of the bread we presently consume contains more than 20 ingredients.

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