Rolling Stone magazine has been published since 1967 by Jann Wenner. 1967 was the year when The Summer of Love had began. It was a social movement that occurred during the summer of 1967 where young people went out on the streets wearing hippie fashion and claimed peace and love. Rolling Stone magazine was strongly influenced by The Summer of Love and it represented young people’s spirit.
However, when I first saw the recent version of the magazines, it was like an old magazine that elder people read in retrospect to their glorious rock and roll era. Those young people who used to rebel against the government grew old and so the magazine got old with them. So my goal for this project was to let the younger people read it again and revive that badass spirit!
The New York Film Festival (NYFF) is an annual film festival held every autumn in New York City, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center
Year 2108: There is a religion called CAGE. It believes our souls are restrained into our body like birds in a cage and fish in an aquarium, and that is the reason why we are suffering from our lives. The only way to be free from our bodies is by using a machine called Machine K. Machine k is a machine that abstracts one’s soul from the body and puts it into an another physical thing. Only few people in CAGE is able to see the machine, and to most it is unknown.
CAGE did not actually being as a religion. It is unclear when it began, but it was a project called Codify Human Intelligence that attempts to analyze all human activities and psychologies into digital code. They believed only science gives us freedom and it will save us from the brutal destiny: death. That’s the reason why they use doctors to call their leaders instead of ministers. At some point, they found a way to codify human brain and thought it was a key that would open the cage.
However, it has been distorted into a religion and business after several decades. They extracted code from the body and put the essential code into another. Now the body can become a bird, snake, dog, or human. When someone has more points of good Karma (points gained through donation), they have more options. It appealed much more than vague idea of heaven or hell to humans, so it spread throughout of the world in a short period of time.
Nevertheless, there are constant wars and protests against CAGE. People who disagree with CAGE believe that the soul (code) that came from the body through the Machine K is not a real soul. They insist that if the soul can be coded, it is possible to duplicate the code, which gives a possible to clone a soul. If there are two identical souls, can we classify them as the same person who previously existed? If one is deleted, does that mean a personality is also erased? For example, if one copied their soul, sent it to another universe, and then deleted the original one on earth, does it mean that one’s life is continued in the other universe, or is one dead and the copy exists as another being?
Dan Flavin was an American minimalist artist famous for installations from commercially available fluorescent light fixtures and the interaction between light and space(architecture). People tried to find meaning from his work, but he drew the line by saying "It is what it is and it ain’t nothing else". Thus, I choose Helvetica as a main typeface and reinterpreted his work(between light and space) to the tongue.
Project: Design something interactive using cardboard and a device.
I used to use smartphone flashlight when I hang out with my friend on the loft top or outdoor, but always light has been too dry and too straight to make a mod. Although my new cardboard device Disco Odyssey is cheap and easy to make, it will efficiently bright up your party.
I was inspired by a prayer wheel when I traveled Ladakh, India. A prayer wheel is a religious object for Buddhists and traditionally Om Mani Padme Hum is written in Sanskrit on the outside of the wheel. Spinning a wheel will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the prayers.
I coded some wishes such as "hope", "love", and "money" and made the words come out when people spin the wheels. Spinning is the moment that meaning less LED blinks change into meaning full words.
(This project is still ongoing)