Thursday, October 29, 2009

ARCH1142 - Reflection

Fluid thoughts to action
From this workshop, I learned some new techniques in drawing with different media (charcoal, ink, paper collage) and how to transfer individual's unique perception on objects to a paper. Interestingly, this 'transfer' is very much influenced by the drawing techniques, whether it is charcoal, soft brush strokes, or glued paper, thus it can create a lot of version of just one object. From this workshop, I was encouraged to be proud and value my works since there is no right or wrong in art.

This workshop was quite difficult for me since I couldn't really catch the tutors intention. On this workshop, we explore an idea through 2D and 3D model. We were required to draw, make a collage poster and models from balsa and found objects. I learned to convey an idea in a more poetic way and explore more deeply the potential of an idea.

Architecture in motion
This workshop was my final one I attended for communication and that was quite interesting and fun. In making the animation, I had to draw about 30 sequences of images and manipulated them to a 20 seconds animation. After making the clip, I realized that it was quite hard to visualize our imagination to an animation. Simple painting, sketching, and crafting could directly transcribe a person’s think, but this animation only could be achieved by a sequence of still and smooth images to create a sense of movement. From this workshop, I learned how to use the program 'window movie maker' and how to capture more audiences by having an interesting and punchy theme.

ARCH1142 - Architecture in motion

The Ambiguous Space

My animation is about how space can control the behavior of living beings. The animation starts from a simple dot, and then grows to vectors and lines. The space created is a transition from a narrow long hallway to a glazed walls end, with a set of stairs as the transitioning tool. While this space is not yet defined, a blue sky appears and invites a bird to fly in, challenging the abstract space to reach its objective – fly toward the blue sky, toward its freedom and leave the building. As the bird flies toward the blue sky, the space is slowly more refined, creating more sense of invitation. However when the bird is getting closer to its exit and its hope is highly built up, it does not know the existence of the glass wall. Soon it hits the glass wall which separates the bird from its freedom. The bird could not help but still entrapped inside the building. The space, although it seems to be inviting and kind, eventually it does not let the bird to reach its objective - the space is merely toying around with it.

ARCH1142 - Modelling

Six drawings describing six words

A collage poster telling a story on the difference a piazza feels on rush hour and weekend. Despite the cold and masculine appearance of it, the piazza has a warm and feminine side as well. The model describes how cold and warm elements could combine creating a harmony.

A poster and model describing how freedom is perceived on the eye of the beholder. Its current state could mean freedom for someone, but also could mean confinement for others. The person inside the broken cage faces two choices, that is to stay and believe he already achieves his freedom, or to slip pass through the gap to pursue his own freedom.