Final Project – War PTSD Trigger Device

What is our project about?

Whether in the military or as a civilian, at some point during our lives many of us will experience a traumatic event. Centred around an army utility vest, also known as an Integrated Load Bearing Vest (iLBV), our dark object aims to simulate a war veteran’s PTSD, specifically a grenade explosion trauma, and make the wearer feel stressed, tired, isolated and judged. This project is directed at society and how they have abandoned/forgotten/discriminated or are not aware of these people with disorders.

The participant will engage with the exhibit through a video while wearing a vest which has been fitted with a photocell, a vibration motor & a tablet all linked through an Arduino Nano board. The exhibit works like this.

View here for the project’s development documentation.
View here for the project’s body storming exercise.

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Research Critique: Critical Making

Coined by Matt Ratto in 2008, he uses the word to describe the activities processes in his workshop, specifically about how he combines conceptual reflection and technical making. In other words, it is a combination of critical social thinking and technical making. His concept mainly explores how the learning is affected by the hands on participation of the learner, in a technical making context. He focuses on the constructive process rather than the final product. Dissecting social issues through the process of critical making can further enhance solutions by exploring cultural and social context while engaging in technological exploration. Critical Making design develops a  perspective on the current institutions, practices and norms of society, reconnecting material and morality.

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Micro-Project 2 – Crowd-Sourced Art

Motive: The aim of this work was to create a narrative by involving anonymous participants, allowing them to add a word, sentence or paragraph to the story starting with “I hate myself”. We wanted to observe what participants would add into the story based on their personal experience and emotions.
Platform: Google Docs (link spread via Whatsapp & Telegram)
Participants: Unknown
(ppl within our group’s circle of friends – age group: est. 19-25yrs old)
Time span: 30 mins

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Micro-Project 1: Creating the “Third Space”

Death is merely a transition.

If heaven is in the sky, will the birds not get there before we do? If heaven is within the sea, will the fishes too not get there before we do?

The space I wanted to bring my viewers to, is not a space I created but somewhere we all heard and talked about beforethe space we go to after our bodies die.

We all at one point of time have tried to imagine what the afterlife would looked like. Would it look like a gated kingdom in the clouds? Would it look like paradise on a beach? Or would it look like the set of “The Good Place”? And since we all have differing images in our minds, does this mean there would be an infinite version of this space we share?

Who controls this space, you, me, we or HIM?

 

 

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