Special Topics in Design | Media Arts: Biotechnology and Design

Bio-designers use cells, DNA molecules, proteins, and living tissues to highlight ethical, social, and aesthetic issues that influence contemporary life. Introduction to how bio-design blurs distinctions between science and design through combination of design and scientific processes, creating wide public debate. Introduction to new sciences that influence food we eat, clothes we wear, and environment in which we reside. Students challenged to think outside the box, explore divergent and convergent thinking, and seek out knowledge and inspiration from ideas that drive nano- and bio-technology. Peer collaboration encouraged to develop speculative design projects that address issues covered.
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College Signing Day (Michelle Obama) - My experience as a multi-identity Design Media Arts student

I had the honor and privilege of  representing UCLA at this historic event that took place on campus last Thursday. I was asked to give a speech entailing my unique experience as a multi-identity student on campus. It was very powerful to see that number of first-gen students (approximately 90%). Sharing my experience  with them was the most rewarding feeling ever; I truly enjoyed it.

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 4 - On Books

Just through looking at the brief descriptions of each “book,” I was already able to tell that the UCLA Biomedical Library holds a collection of dedicated passions condensed into the art book forms. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend our class visit to witness and engage with each item. However, and fortunately so, I had the opportunity of going to the LA Arts Book Fair two weeks earlier.

Forensic Architecture and The Fake Egypt

In 1923 the famous movie director Cecil B. Demille went into production for “The Ten Commandments”, the largest movie epic ever attempted with a total budget of 1.5 million dollars. 750,000 dollars of that budget was allocated for the building of Demille’s version of the ancient Egyptian city of Pi-Ramses at the Nipomo Dunes of Guadalupe California. The source materials used to blueprint the construction were taken from many interpretations but two of considerable interest were Edward John Poynter's painting “Israel in Egypt” c.

Week 5

I thought Jimmy’s midterm presentation was really interesting because he talked about genetics in a different way than what I was looking at when I was doing research for my midterm. I was especially intrigued by the typography and DNA art he showed on one of his slides. I looked into it further and found that the piece is called TypoGrAphiC and was created by Dev Ethan Valladares in 2017.

Week 5: Environmental & Health Effects of Paint

This week, I had the opportunity to dig deeper into a component of art and design that much of my work revolves around, but yet I have never really given much deeper thought to; paint! After having the opportunity to explore the Rare Books and Special Collection of the UCLA Biomedical Library, I was intrigued to learn more about my favorite part of the tour, which was the books of nature prints.

Week 5: Presentations

I was really excited to hear everyone’s midterm presentations this week as I got to know the different topics each and every student cares about. Everyone’s presentation inspired me and I can’t wait to see everyone’s final product because there were many wide varieties of projects with thought-provoking ideas.

WEEK 5: Research into the Cosmetic Industry (South Korea vs US)

As I dug deeper into research on cleaner cosmetic industry in South Korea and United States, I found that the consumers are the leading reason for what companies will sell. With my journey as a Korean-American growing up in California, I was always split between the different products in the two countries. I wanted to bring in my personal experience into this project.

Biodegradable electronics?

Flexible, organic and biodegradable: Stanford researchers develop new wave of electronics

A new semiconductor developed by Stanford researchers is as flexible as skin and easily degradable. It could have diverse medical and environmental applications, without adding to the mounting pile of global electronic waste.



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