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Dialogue in the Dark: Reflections

I was really afriad when we first entered the room. When they told us to remove our hands off our friend’s shoulders I freaked out. Even in broad daylight, I can’t even do a trust fall with a trusted friend. Much less a stranger (the guide) leading me through the unknown. I was so afraid of getting lost and being left behind in the complex.  Suddenly all my insecurities were placed in front of me, and I was forced to face them. I took comfort in the fact that I could rely on my friend’s voices and helpful hands guiding me to the right places.

I also realise how important sight is to me. I was overreliant on my sight. Everything that I did, was depended on my sight. When it was taken from me, I realised how to slow down and appreciate other things base on my sense of touch and smell. This made me a lot more aware of how a visually impaired person encounters and experience graphic designs. In our eyes, the visual aesthetics are the most crucial aspect of graphic designs. However, for the visually impaired, the texture, the smell and the audio were their words. It also made me more aware of the type of font that we chose when designing for a client. In the room, we touched and felt the text on a signboard and a sculpture. The non-cursive font was so much easier to decipher as compared to the cursive one. In addition, I found out that braille is not commonly understood among the visually impaired. This made me realise how important is it to understand the client that we are designing for.

By taking on roleplaying, we are better able to understand and emphasise with our clients. There are some things that we take for granted in life, things that we won’t pause to think about. By roleplaying, we are able to immerse ourselves in their shoes. Through feeling for them, from their perspective, we are able to uncover more things that we never thought of before. However, there is an aspect of roleplaying where it can never fully mimic the reality of the visually impaired. In the setting of dialogue in the dark, we had the help of the guide, the never-ending walls and our friends to help us navigate through the place. It was a safer and more controlled environment, as compared to the reality they face on a daily basis.

However that being said, roleplaying is still an essential part of design thinking. The designers can better understand the needs of the clients, thus are better able to design to their needs. After all function over form.

Team 1 – Prototype IV

Survey:

No Changes was done to the survey

Comments:

The design is a lot better now, however, there is still too many words and information. we were advised to make it into an infographic to retain the information given while cutting down the words.

The Survey was found to be annoying and we were asked to make it more seamless. we decided to approach it more passively, by having posters in the waiting room. we realised that since we are dealing with millennials, we had to approach TCM in a more subtle way. If we were to push the idea onto them, they would instantly reject it. Hence we need to approach it more subtly.

 

Team 1 – Prototype III

Menu Design (done by Rei advise by Ranveer)

Comments:

The Design was too Jaring, with strong colours. It was found to be visually unpleasing for the type of mood that is to be set.The design was found to be no Millennial enough. images of the elements were advised to be incorporated while making everything more clean and minimal.

The survey was well received.

More information such as craving and symptoms are to be added to the aftercare card.

Team 1 – Prototype II

Menu Design:  (Done by Rei)  

 

The menu was created with the taste and colour assigned to the emotion. I tried to balance out the choices of western and eastern food. For the Asian palate, I had more Thai and Japanese favours as it was the most requested options during our interview stage

Survey: (Done by Hanna advised by Ranveer)  

Pre – Please Provide a Name for your Table Reservation

 

Section 1: Use 3 words to describe your day

 

Section 2: Answer the following question

 

Angry

Happy/ Joy

Sadness
Fear
Worry

  1. How did you wake up this morning?
    X F*&# you
    X The birds were singing, the breeze blowing in my window, it was beautiful
    X Felt like it was drab and there was no rays of Sunshine
    X Horrible, had the worst nightmare that I was naked in front of the whole cohort.
    X Stressful, I was worried of missing my bus and being late for my angsty Prof’s class..

  2. If I asked you a stupid question right now….
    XI would hit you in the face
    XI would be amused, anything unusual would amuse me right now
    XI’m too depressed to answer any stupid and non-stupid questions.
    XI would hope someone else answers because I don’t know the answer and scared to look stupid in front of my crush.
    XI would pray that I know how to answer the questions.

  3. You have car problems today, your response is….
    XI hate this car! Piece of S#*%! This immediately followed by kicking the tyres.
    XOh well, I’ll catch a ride, hopefully it’s nothing expensive. Oooo Maybe I can get a new car!
    X Well isn’t this great? Can anything else go wrong? Followed by breaking down and crying.
    XOmg! This is a sign! Everything will just go bad from now on.
    XHow will I afford this?! And what about my rent?! And what if I need to bid for the limited edition item on Ebay and run out of money?!

  4. If somebody came up and gave you a playful punch on the shoulder, with the mood you’re in now, what would you do?
    XTackle them
    XStart laughing and playfully punch them back.
    XStart crying
    XLook for bruises
    XYell at them and say, “hey, that hurt!”

  5. you are reading a book and suddenly one of the characters you didn’t really care for dies.
    XBig deal, you continue reading your book
    XYou feel sorry for the character
    XYou get sad! That character just sorted his life out! Life is cruel
    XYou get scared you fav, character will die
    XOMG how didn’t I see this coming, what more have I missed?!

  6. Would a puppy make you happy right now?
    XI don’t like puppies…
    XOMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE PUPPIES
    XNothing will make me happy, not even puppies or World Peace.
    XNO! What if that puppy has rabies and it bites me and i get sick and I die?!
    XYes, but I would be worried to get dog hair on my new coat…

  7. You are in class and answered your professor’s question, he said “ok”.
    XHe is so arrogant.
    XWhat…ever! I liked my answer.
    XOh no, he didn’t like my answer
    XHe is going to blacklist me from now on.
    XIs he going to increase my participation mark or not?

 

Part 3: Select 3 of the following words to describe your current emotions

Annoyed Resentful Outraged
Enthusiastic Hopeful Satisfied
Nostalgic helpless Pessimistic
Afraid Apprehensive uneasy

Anxious Nervous Stressed

We had a survey as a fun way to evaluate the restaurant goers mood.

Table settings: (Done by Rei advised by Ranveer)

 

Comments

The mini survey was found to be too wordy. it was suggested that we use a pictorial based survey instead.

The Menu was clear, Maybe elements should be tied in to give the feel of TCM. The design felt rather plain and more imagery relating to TCM should be used. 

 

Team 1 – Prototype I

MENU DESIGN:

Place setting mockups

Survey to evaluate the diners feelings

we decided to have a survey, as a fun way to determine the restaurant goers mood. Each answer corresponds to a certian mood. The results are inserted into an excel sheet where the mood of the resturant goers is tabulated. Below is a transcription of the question asked:

 

  1. How did you wake up this morning?
    X F*&# you
    X The birds were singing, the breeze blowing in my window, it was beautiful
    X Felt like it was drab and there was no rays of Sunshine
    X Horrible, had the worst nightmare that I was naked in front of the whole cohort.
    X Stressful, I was worried of missing my bus and being late for my angsty Prof’s class..
  2. If I asked you a stupid question right now….
    XI would hit you in the face
    XI would be amused, anything unusual would amuse me right now
    XI’m too depressed to answer any stupid and non-stupid questions.
    XI would hope someone else answers because I don’t know the answer and scared to look stupid in front of my crush.
    XI would pray that I know how to answer the questions.
  3. You have car problems today, your response is….
    XI hate this car! Piece of S#*%! This immediately followed by kicking the tyres.
    XOh well, I’ll catch a ride, hopefully it’s nothing expensive. Oooo Maybe I can get a new car!
    X Well isn’t this great? Can anything else go wrong? Followed by breaking down and crying.
    XOmg! This is a sign! Everything will just go bad from now on.
    XHow will I afford this?! And what about my rent?! And what if I need to bid for the limited edition item on Ebay and run out of money?!
  4. If somebody came up and gave you a playful punch on the shoulder, with the mood you’re in now, what would you do?
    XTackle them
    XStart laughing and playfully punch them back.
    XStart crying
    XLook for bruises
    XYell at them and say, “hey, that hurt!”
  5. you are reading a book and suddenly one of the characters you didn’t really care for dies.
    XBig deal, you continue reading your book
    XYou feel sorry for the character
    XYou get sad! That character just sorted his life out! Life is cruel
    XYou get scared you fav, character will die
    XOMG how didn’t I see this coming, what more have I missed?!
  6. Would a puppy make you happy right now?
    XI don’t like puppies…
    XOMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE PUPPIES
    XNothing will make me happy, not even puppies or World Peace.
    XNO! What if that puppy has rabies and it bites me and i get sick and I die?!
    XYes, but I would be worried to get dog hair on my new coat…
  7. You are in class and answered your professor’s question, he said “ok”.
    XHe is so arrogant.
    XWhat…ever! I liked my answer.
    XOh no, he didn’t like my answer
    XHe is going to blacklist me from now on.
    XIs he going to increase my participation mark or not?

 

Part 3: Select 3 of the following words to describe your current emotions

Annoyed Resentful Outraged
Enthusiastic Hopeful Satisfied
Nostalgic helpless Pessimistic
Afraid Apprehensive uneasy

Anxious Nervous Stressed
we also had a survey, which I, unfortunately, forgot to screenshot and has been updated since.

Comments from our peers:

The system for our healing menu needs to be more holistic. The system of healing needs to be more complete and based on traditional Chinese medicine. In the aftercare, more information such as the cravings and symptoms could be added.

The design was advice to be made more minimalistic while incorporating pictures of the elements.

The place mats were recieved positively

 

 

 

 

Hyper Essay: Paul Sermon’s Telematic Dreaming

Paul Sermon: Telematic dreaming

The viewers are invited to a room with a bed (A). Thousand of miles away, another participant lies on the same bed (B), with a camera above recording their movements. These movements are monitored and then projected back onto bed A. The viewers are encouraged to lie down on the bed to interact with the other party. The telematics collaboration of both viewers from different places in an intimate setting of a bed creates a really interesting paradox, which I would further explore below.

Immersion:

Ivan Sutherland’s Ultimate Display, describe immersion as the removal of the physical space and plunging into a virtual world, where one could see, smell, taste, and touch. While Paul Sermon did not achieve full immersion, he managed to bridge the physical presence and the telematic presence through a physical object: the bed. The bed plays a paradoxical role here. It carries the intimate setting of a personal space, however, in this artwork, it also becomes an open space. By inviting a stranger into a bed feels only intimate, and this intimacy is made more real with the physicality of the bed. Through touch, the participants can interact with the bed hiding under the blankets. This makes it more personal as if the other virtual party is intruding your space.

viewer reacting to the other party removing the keys away from them

What I felt was very interesting, was how people really respected the image of the other party. During the run of this project, almost no one sat on the image of the other party on the bed. In one case, when one of the projected participants reached a set of keys on the bed. On the other end, the participants actually physically moved the keys out of the way as if the projected image is physically able to take the keys away. It’s very interesting to see how the audience is conscious of the projected parties presence, despite not physically being there. Paul Sermon managed to attain such a deep level of immersion, despite only utilising sight, hearing and touch. I guess one reason, why this worked so well is due to the incorporation of the bed in our reality, the physical space. Paul Sermon doesn’t try to create a virtual world in a third space. In a way, our moral and ethics and sense of realism are retained as we do not “travel to a fictional space”. This makes it more real, more intimate.

Entropy

Paul sermon also stimulates the first person experience, through the use of entropy. Telematic dreaming has an opened participation to it. There is no pre-programmed route embedded into the artwork. All of the interactions with the artwork is organic and based on the two participants. There is no to little artist interference or involvement in the interaction of the work. The artist role here is to provide the platform: the bed and the projection.

Conclusion:

Overall, I think that telematics is a very successful interactive artwork. While it did not achieve full entropy or achieved the Ultimate Display, I think it is perfectly fine. These two concepts itself is very extreme. Achieving the Ultimate Display will raise up a lot of ethic and moral questions. The Ultimate Display calls for a virtual world so real that I could actually feel the pain of dying. This extreme manifesto rings a lot of alarm bell for me. What if someone died in the virtual world and experienced trauma so bad that he is unable to function in the real world. For this artwork, what if the projected image is so real that one participant actually starts getting intimate with the projected image? Is it considered rape if that isn’t your physical body? Even without engaging all of our five senses, Paul Sermon is able to create this “reality” of the other projected party that we respect their space as described above. Today, I think that it is impossible to achieve full entropy in an artwork. Nothing would happen. Leave a blank wall in the museum, it would still be blank after years. There needs to be an input to achieve a response from the audience and ultimately achieving an output. In Paul sermon case I believed that his artwork a substantial amount of entropy. Paul sermon controls the input (interacting with the bed) and the output (the projection). However, the response is organic and is solely based on the participant’s reaction to the work. I believed that is the greatest extent of entropy an artist can ever achieve in a successful work.

 

References:

Norbert Wiener, “Cybernetics in History,” 1954, Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality
Roy Ascott, “Behavioral Art and the Cybernetic Vision,” 1966, Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality
Ivan Sutherland, “The Ultimate Display,” 1965, Wired Magazine
Scott Fisher, “Virtual Environments” 1989, Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality
Paul Sermon. (2018). Retrieved from http://www.paulsermon.org