Week 2: Ideation

  1. Photosynthesis (Plants)


    • The intriguing idea of producing “food” in plants that humans today are still unable to “replicate”, why is this so? ( i think the process of photosynthesis is fascinating and interesting to be explored in this project → by turning this process into an art installation). Execution wise, through the use of light → through series of mechanism → users/viewers see through this process of making “food” → eventually, real food (i.e. edible human food) would be the end product (also, making this installation “interactive”). Bringing photosynthesis into the context of human world. Design wise, maybe we could explore and study leaves of plants, “imitating” the various parts of the leaves to achieve the function of photosynthesis.


  • Has to be kinetic/ something moving once you see it.


2. The immortality of jellyfish, Turritopsis dohrnii


  • Inspired from Turritopsis dohrnii, the immortal jellyfish. The project will take on the idea of immortality inspired by the immortal jellyfish. Maybe we could make use of technology/simple mechanism to replicate the process of regeneration of life (imitating the immortal jellyfish)?


  • Water, needs to consider maintenance (no maintenance)…
  • Can use rainwater. How do you contain the water?
  • Where is the light coming from?


In the day light, it is something, in the night, it will be/create another. We can use solar panels.


  • Jellyfish
  • Mushrooms
  • Willow Trees
  • Corals
  • Insect wings – dragonfly
  • Watercolor


Flowing water – rain powered.. But there will be dry seasons too so we need solar panel as well.



After consultation: think practical and according to context. Think about mechanisms… rube goldberg machines? Rain is more tangible in form and more visible? As compared to sunlight which will definitely need battery and solar cells to generate electricity to move the sculpture, and the wind can be unreliable/too weak to move the sculpture.


Author: Katie Koh Ke Tian

Product Designer

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