Pitch ideas

The project inspired me is called Up Series. It is a series of documentary film produced by Granada Television that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. So far the documentary has had eight episodes spanning 56 years (one episode every seven years). The children were selected to represent the range of socio-economic backgrounds in Britain at that time, with the explicit assumption that each child’s social class predetermines their future. The motif of this documentary questions about religion, family, class, happiness and psychological state dominate many of the interviews, as well as inquiries about the worries and concerns subjects have for their future.

Reference: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058578/

Group idea

Make a documentary. Give a certain allowance for each kids, document how they use the money. Every seven year interview them on the change of their perception on spending money; what had influenced them by giving them the money, and how their family upbringing teach them to use the money in an efficient and meaningful way. It’s an on-going film. The scale and the budget of the project determine by the number of interviewees and the money given each day.

Objective: how your values determine your social class.

Individual idea


It inspired me to make a documentary which enables the viewer to think about this aspect: how can your values and habits determine your social class.

Time Span: In Up Series, it is an on-going documentary which spans 56 years to record the different walks of life living in different socio-economic backgrounds. For myself, I would keep the project time span within one year.

The script: by observing the children’s habits and family values, observe how they utilise the money. Give them 50 cents everyday, at the end of the year they could earn $182.50. And who will be the richest and who use it in the right way.

Objective: How habits influence you to save money


Standing on the surface of water

Magical Photos Of Siberian Huskies Playing On A Mirror-Like Frozen Lake In Russia_s Arctic Region!

The idea is inspired by walking on the frozen lake. In contrast, with the flowing water, people still are able to stand on the surface of water.

Sketches will be added.

How to install: for the material wise, transparent acrylic will be the platform to raise up to the water height. It will not be seen but function as a flatworm for us to stand on it.

Gaining space


When each person goes into this enclosed space small (room/box), they have to compromise each other’s personal space but also find their comfort zone. Also, it portrays the situation of rising population.


This is my initial idea. The people will experience inside an limited space, fighting for their territory.


I made some cardboard boxes, and the frame will be added. The boxes are movable, just like the pin board installation, but when you move along the boxes, some feedback will be given to you.


The idea has finalised, I will make 9 cardboards and build a frame, vibration motor will be installed on each box. Once the box is being moved, it will vibrate, and vice versa.

Rituals of remembering


A ritual “is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence.”

In Candice’s work, there are a few rituals practised to remember her father. We also can see the objects that identify our origins and specific objects that only trigger to some people’s memory.  Eg. incense paper ad chocolate. Incense paper also reminds me of Qingming Festival, an important day to show respects to ancestors, also called Tomb Sweeping Day.

Chocolate is the food that triggers her to sneeze, which is the same as her father. Hence, consuming chocolate is a ritual to experience the same way her that father has experienced. The more the ritual repeats, the experience of understanding another person’s condition from their perspective is deeper.


Yayoi Kusama’s dots obsession

In this essay, two of Yayoi Kusama’s polka dot series works with be discussed. They are: The Mirrored Room–The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. https://oss.adm.ntu.edu.sg/chou0009/2016/01/21/step-into-infinity/ and the polka dot sculptures in the infinite mirrored room. https://oss.adm.ntu.edu.sg/n1501795d/infinite-polka-dots/

Dots Obsession visually approximates the hallucinations Kusama reportedly suffered as a child, in which the entirety of her surrounding space was covered with repeating patterns. Kusama’s paintings and performance art borrowed directly from the hallucinations she has experienced by since her childhood. Kusama’s art is linked to her illness, making it a strange mixture of anguish and joy: From her paintings, which are inspired by hallucinations and visions, to her infinity rooms, which she describes as a tool to tear down the self.The installation also reveals the artist’s careful attention to the construction of space through colour and form, and to the play of light and perspective accomplished by repeating a few simple devices — creating an immersive experience from red paint, white dots, giant balloons and strategically placed mirrors.

There are two installations shared the same theme but used the different medium to exhibit.

The Infinity mirrored room with LED:


The first room is called Infinity Mirrored Room–The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. It was first displayed in 2013. Because the room is covered in giant pieces of mirror, it’s hard to get a read on the size of the space, but it’s roughly the size of a small bedroom. The floor is covered in a shallow pool of water, except for the peninsula you’re standing on in the middle, and the ceiling is hung with strings of hundreds of colorful LED crystals. Blinking on an erratic 45-second loop, the lights seem to stretch out forever.

The polka dot sculptures:


Likewise, is covered in mirrors and filled with color-shifting, inflatable tentacles. They are perplexing, magical, and disorienting spaces.

The materials used in The souls of Millions of Light Year Away are wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, acrylic balls, and water. Perhaps the installation time has taken longer than the Polka Dots sculpture in the infinite mirrored room as the height and the position of LED lights will be the concern when it comes to an immersive space, people have to interact with it. Whereas, sculpture can be store at specific places. Hence the installation with lights must be taken into consideration a lot more than other projects.

Both are on going show around the world. They do not have to be site specific, just need an enclosed room to set up mirror, lights and sculptures.

Perhaps LED installation has lesser shelf time compared to sculptures. It needs power maintenance and when it comes to installation, power supply and the wires can be troublesome which might cause a lot of money to execute and maintain over years. Whereas, compared to LED, sculpture’s maintenance is relatively low especially it is made up of plastic.

The mirrors reflect infinite dots which make the space mesmerizing. Usually the crowd would wait for more than an hour just for an immersive experience in a few minutes 

Familiar walk

How visually impaired navigate the places.

if the person is going somewhere where they have been before they will keep a very detailed memory, involving counting driveways, streets, corners and even paving tiles, hearing and counting buildings (yes, you can hear buildings), feeling common air currents, remembering landmarks such as the smell of a particular tree, the small bump at the corner of that sidewalk and the sound of traffic on that large street. The will use these clues and again be able to move reasonably well in areas where they have been before.


The video focuses on the footsteps with the beeping sound, it might show how the visually impaired count the steps and use their familiar memory to navigate direction.

Are you able follow the footsteps and the guidance of the sound in the video and revisit the same place?

Exchanging minds

This analogue device allows you to experience a stronger acoustic when the vision is shut. When one’s is unable to see, other senses will become the substitutes.

I want to make something that makes us “feel” more but not perceive the things by seeing and observing it.

Similarly, when you are missing someone, you would tend to think about this question, “are they thinking about me too?”



After watching the film Karst (2014), there are several points that I am interested to talk about.

Does the concept of planning and building the house  applies to other project planning as well?

Is it trying to tell the relationship between the people and the house?

What is the most challenging part in the production of the film?

Ai Weiwei’s ‘Tree’

Ai’s trees are made from parts of dead trees that are brought down from the mountains of southern China. The trees look natural from a distance and artificial from close up. Tree has been likened to the modern Chinese nation, where ethnically diverse peoples have been brought together to form ‘One China’, a state-sponsored policy aimed at protecting and promoting China’s sovereignty and territorial.