Category: MA

PROCESS— Hidden City: Kongōseki 金剛石

Initial ideas

Initially our group moodbox was based on A but it was changed to B to suits the Final. The images below are the processes and our PREVIOUS Group’s Moodbox.

We had many different ideas and test for the modulars. And one of it was this- a cylinder modular structure. However, we decided to forgo this ideation as it is too big and not executable.


We used different material for the habitats (matte & reflective) to give texture experience for audience to experience and interact. (note that there is a slight difference in temperature for cooler surface of reflective material as compared to the matte)

The highway for transportation have cable car of “diamond beads” for the elves to move and transport the mined diamonds. Users can interact with this part of installation.


A series of mirrors, reflective surfaces can be used to better reflect the light. Also, the highway links are too little, we should add in more to create much more ‘activeness’ of the city. And lastly, thanks to my groupmates, Xuan Wei and Huien for cooperating and work together as a group! Thanks Cheryl for the great 3D lessons too.

MA’s Individual Moodbox

Sound A

The Dominant sound would be the Xylophone. This because it resonates and lingers afterwards. (as seen by the decreasing sound waves)

Whereas the Sub-dominant, rhythm stick, has a cleaner end. It does not lingers and quite straightforward. Hence the straight line(refer to the sound analysis).

The Sub-ordinate which is the zig zag block, has a ragged heavy sound that has a presence despite its lower pitch. 


Sound B

The Dominant sound would be the rhythm sticks. This because it holds a huge presence throughout the sound(as seen by the concentrated yellow lines) and makes up the whole base of the sound.

The Sub-dominant, zig-zag block, it frames the entire sound. However, unlike rhythm sticks, the pitch is much lower and it does not overwhelmed the entire sound. To show its presence, it has a ‘solo’ at the intro. The direction of which the zig-zag block going, was round and round.

The Sub-ordinate which is the xylophone,  lingers for a while. And only makes its presence every 3 sets of rhythm sticks.

Instruments used


Syadza’s moodbox

Please listen to Soundtrack A above while viewing the GIF below

This moodbox is based on Sound A.

Interpret Sound A as calming, airy and associate with pure/white.

The dominant element are the resonating bars. This resembles the flowy effect of the tissue papers – the sound resonates through the fluidity movement of tissue papers. This movement of fluidity happened throughout the music, hence, the tissue papers are the most prominent element in the moodbox.

Sub-dominant element which is the rhythm sticks, represents by the neat arrangement of the wooden chopsticks. The chopsticks have a clean straight lines, which resembles the sound wave of the rhythm sticks.

Sub-ordinate element would be the framing that holds the entire frame. The frame are sturdy and heavy, which replicates the heavy sound of the zig zag block. The white frame are not too thick as the zig zag block has a lower pitch and the flatness of the frame

Spacing arrangement of chopsticks can be widen, according to the rhythm. 

The Sub-Ordinate element can be further improved, and better represent.

Modular Structures references

This post is to explore modular structures found on architectures and installations.

Cloud City by Tomas Saraceno

Cloud City by Tomas Saraceno

“Cloud City” by Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno is a futuristic modular structure  installed on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The structure consists of 16 connected modules of stainless steel and acrylic. A constellation of large, interconnected modules constructed with transparent and reflective materials.

Antony Gormley, Chord, 2015 (above). Cellular stainless steel structure that comprises 33 polyhedrons that make up a vertical helical chain 905 stainless steel elements of varying section sizes and 541 stainless steel balls.

Karis Boutique by Suppose Design Office / Location: Higashi Hiroshima city / Photographs by Toshiyuki Yano

The concept of the store is space that is changing its view or atmosphere depending on where you are standing, such as caves or limestone caves. The purpose of the design is to offer a new shopping experience that people could see products through strolling in nature.The materials of the partitions are paper tubes that are strong and easy to work with, and moreover, they are using for tubes to roll up cloths. The tubes are layered randomly as to be uneven surfaces and create arch shapes as partition.

Cloud installationTara Donovan
(using plastic cups to create modular structures)

In her site-specific installations, Tara Donovan assembles man-made materials into large sculptural constructions. The piece is comprised of over 500,000 drinking cups, methodically prepared in a formula of varying stacked heights, presenting the appearance of flowing water or a cloud formation as viewed from above.


Another installation by Tara Donovan – using acrylic rods.(below image)

The illusion of soft and fluffy texture.

tara donovan - installation (acrylic rods!) So, so beautiful. The illusion of soft and fluffy texture.Tara Donovan at the ICA

Her works includes rolls of adding machine paper piled on the floor, styrofoam cups suspended from the ceiling, and enough plastic drinking straws to cover a wall. Donovan revels the unrealized sculptural potential of pins, cups and plates.

Cheryl Pope, Up Against, 2010/2013Cheryl Pope, Up Against, 2010/2013  (above image)

wooden fabric by German artist Elisa Strozyk.

Wooden fabric by German artist Elisa Strozyk. (above image)