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Week 10: Final Blog

Week 10 of class everyone presented their final projects to the class while also receiving further feedback. My final project had transformed from my initial idea of creating a mushroom book that would act as codex for different kinds of mushrooms while having 2 kinds of illustrations with a page of information about said mushroom. So after that, my final project became somewhat the same idea but transforming them into collectible cards.

Week 9

Week nine, I continued to work on my final project with all the feedback I have received. At this point I did fully commit to changing my project from a book project to making collectible cards for mushrooms. I did this because I felt that doing cards was actually more intriguing that simply a book.

Week 8

Week eight of class had us showcase our progress in the projects we are working on. We received feedback from everyone and also the guest speaker Kaitlin Bryson. I really enjoyed viewing everyone's progress in their project and also gave me ideas on what specific direction I wanted my own project to head towards.

Week 7

Week seven of class we discussed about CRISPR technology along with guest speaker Sam who gave a talk about his experience with this technology. CRISPR technology is a powerful tool for editing genomes that is very easy to use and allows researchers to analyze and modify DNA sequences and gene functions.

Week 6: Noise Aquarium

Week six of class we went to experience the ArtSci installation, The Noise Aquarium at the Nanosystems Institute here at UCLA. The Noise Aquarium was an interactive installation where the user is suppose to step on a platform in order to bring out a random plankton into the screen. The user then must balance on the platform to keep the organism calm or end up destroying the ecosystem.

Week 5

This week the class was presenting midterm proposals for their project ideas based on what we have been learning in class. Seeing everyone’s proposals really opened up how diverse our ideas can be in response to what each of us found interesting from the course. Some subjects that people covered were plastics, recycling waste in fashion, using fungi/mycelium, the pollution problem, etc.

Week Three: Mushrooms

Week three of class brought into our discussions the the idea of fungi and the way it can be used in solving worldwide problems such as replacing common materials, decomposing plastics, and many more while also providing as a source of food. During the class, everyone got a chance to eat different kinds of cooked mushrooms and I thought it was intriguing how each one had its own unique texture and flavor.

Week 2: Hox Zodiac

Last Wednesday, in class we discussed about the Hox Zodiac (Chinese Zodiac) and the twelve animals it represents in order to understand and discuss our relationship with these animals. Along with discussion on each animal, there was food being passed as representation of each animal’s offerings and it helped create an engaging space where we were able to speak about the relationships between animals, culture and foods.

Week 1: Workshops


In the Workshops What’s Next? Eco Materialism & Contemporary Art, there was a series of one hour long workshops with the theme of organisms being tools themselves which includes us as humans; to be using ourselves as the tools to solving issues. From these workshops, I attended “Unseen: The Invisible Menace” by Jiayi Young and “Totally Warm: The Materiality of Heat” by Iain Kerr.


Wednesday’s class brought a new perspective into my mind in regards to the importance of bread, grain, maize and the idea of genetically modified crops/foods that is being distributed to the everyday homes of people.

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