Project 4 : Poetics of Time

“Project proposal & research”


Black dustbin is to convert the intangible ideas of the video to a tangible, visible form. Black because most of the words are negative, “sprouting” out from the mouth. I also included a PPT presentation on the critique day.

  1. Short but powerful massages.
  2. Subversion of text and audio is interesting.


I really enjoyed the process of this project because I get to know a little more about each volunteer in an intellectual way, as if I took part and played a role in their past encounters. Perhaps touch a little on their personalities too.

The presentation is a simple but honest piece, as my main focus is to let volunteers voice out their mind and deliver the disparity.

Of course the technical aspect of the delivery could be more sophisticated but within the short time given, I feel that the message and aim I wanted to bring forward is achieved with success with regards to the feedback I receive.


Project 3 : Ego in Different Settings



“COLOURS scheme AND properties”

Colour scheme: Analogous

properties: serenity, harmony, naturalism, stability, calm, surreal



Colour scheme: Split complementary

properties: visual interest, contrasting, variety, modern


Colour scheme: Triadic

Properties: vivacious, interesting, dynamic, vibrant


Red runs throughout this row because it is a prefix for Little Red Riding Hood, hence limiting the colour scheme that I can work with. From left to right, the contrast of shade is steep because of the drastic change in personality (friendly vs ferocious). I also like how red can be joyful and dangerous at the same time depending on the context and shades used.



Colour scheme: Split complementary

Properties: visual interest, contrasting, variety, modern


Colour scheme: Complementary

Properties: fully saturated, vibrant, opposing, tension, disturbance, distinction, outstanding


Primary colour scheme in this row would be complementary colours of blue and orange. I use complementary to show the distinct difference between the environment (science vs art school). Also to make objects stand out against the background evidently shown in all 3 compositions. Perhaps also the disturbance when I “catch no balls” in class.


Colour scheme: Tetradic

Properties: balance, possibilities, variety, representational, distinct


Colour scheme: Analogous

properties: serenity, harmony, naturalism, stability, calm, surreal


Colour scheme: Split Complementary

Properties: visual interest, contrasting, variety, modern


Probably the row with most number of colour schemes adopted. 1st and 3rd composition is vibrant and contrasting, while 2nd world is really light in shades to portray a idealised, perfect “other people”.

“4th row”

Colour scheme: monochromatic blue

Properties: cohesive, attracts attention, boring, emotional, representational, lack focal point

My favourite row because working with monochromatic colour is always a bold try. I like how blue is both the main colour depicting ocean and depression, relating the composition back to the idea of being “homesick.” It is a negative emotion hence I feel blue is a feasible.

“final presentation”



The artist that has inspired my style in this project is Vincent Van Gogh. Impasto technique is widely adopted in his paintings, for example The Starry Night and most of his self portraits.

Impasto is a technique where paint is laid on an area of the surface in very thick layers, usually thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible. Paint can also be mixed right on the canvas. When dry, impasto provides texture; the paint appears to be coming out of the canvas.

I really like this technique because the direction and the layer of brushwork is made distinct, as well as the colour. The fact that this type of style can be both detailed and bold when finished is truly amazing.


Because I’ve decided to do digital painting in traditional brushwork; impasto, means I have to complete the image bit by bit instead of section by section like other contemporary digital art forms. Hence when I need to adjust or alter the colour completely, I can only paint over the older layer because “undo” function is no longer pragmatic.

I also have to decide on the colour scheme carefully because certain colours were already fixed due to recognisable characters.

Colour Properties



We were really glad that we did this topic because the knowledge we learnt here had translated into the core content for Project 3 Ego. The main difficulty we faced was to come up with words that associate with the colour because it’s subjective, after all, affected by various factors including culture, race and preference etc. Hence, we filter out the more generic ones that most people can agree upon. Hope everyone has learnt something new about colours, and take good use of the notes in preparation for project 3 and the subsequent OSS write up. Thanks! laughing

“Presentation slides – jiangnan, kevin”