Week 4

Midterm Proposal- Herbs

160 midterm proposal 

For my midterm project, I want to focus on research on traditional Chinese Medicine- Chinese Herb. How these herbs influence and cure human diseases—also, the culture behind these herbs.

I plan to design an installation focus on Chinese Herb's Aromatherapy. By using the aroma of herbs, through interactive smell, to recording people's reflections such as facial expressions and mental changes. The aroma printer will print out the results about people's reactions to different herbs. 

(Midterm) Reusing Recycled Materials

For the midterm projects, I wanted to focus on ways to reuse recycled materials. A number of plastics and paper wastes produced everyday world widely and they harm the ecosystem. I saw one video that straw is stuck into a turtle’s nose. This made me realize that a single straw that I use for drinking a cup of coffee from a cafe can be effective for animals from the natural environment. Therefore, I would like to study how those wastes, such as plastics, can reuse in daily life.


[Midterm Topic] Climate and Diet

For the final project I have decided that I want to focus about food.

Since the "stay home" announcement from the coronavirus I have been just home for a little over a month now. And because I am stuck at home I have been cooking a lot. I've been so used to just either buying food from school or packaged food at grocery stores that I didn't even realize that I haven't actually cooked for myself in a very long time. As I started cooking I came to realize the importance of my diet and how that can relate to our environment. 

Cordyceps: Your Best Friend or Your Worst Nightmare

    When I was in high school, I really enjoyed this one zombie game called The Last of Us. It was a story driven, single player game that followed the story of two survivors of a zombie apocalypse. The difference between this story and countless other zombie narratives was the the zombie infection was caused by a parasitic fungus known as Cordyceps. Despite the intriguing fictional narrative, I was surprised to find out that Cordyceps are a real thing.

Mycelium bricks

When considering my project ideas I wanted to create a project that captured the social climate of today's society, mainly focusing on the idea of change.We can already see the changes from the way people interact to the flux in the economy. It is already predetermined that there will be huge changes in technology and human experience in the years to follow covid-19.

Midterm Topic: Clean Cosmetics

            For the midterm and my final project, I wanted to focus on makeup. My inspiration for wanting to touch upon this topic is twofold. Last year, when I was in Professor Vesna's Honors 177 Collegium, I stumbled across a project from a then student in DESMA 160, Yuna Park. Her project went into detail about chemical free cosmetics. She wanted to focus on creating an app that detailed all the harmful chemicals within specific products, and, to my recollection, also provided healthier alternatives to some makeup compounds.

Bioluminescent Fungi

As I watched the movie “Fantastic Fungi,” the growth and their process fascinated me. Mostly, mushrooms were made from the dead organisms as they decomposed. However, it was so interesting that new life was born through the deaths. Those mushrooms were so diverse in terms of colors, shapes, and characteristics. Among those various kinds of mushrooms, the fungi that glowed in the dark seemed very interesting and I wanted to know why and how it happened.


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 4 : Biomedical Library + Project Ideas

This week was extremely fun as we visited the Biomedical Library to view a variety of different ornaments, books, toys, posters, and artifacts. Russell showed us a drug abuse chart from the 1970’s that outlined all the different types of drugs and the effects they have on your brain. He also showed books created by artists that were very meticulously crafted and beautiful. One of the books was made entirely out of lead that I found incredibly interesting and another out of plastic.

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 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.


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