Constellation Reflection 2016-2017
This year we have five lectures only for our constellation, Postanthropocentric practices is an interesting topic, all the study in every lecture are quite deep and abstract. It did not have a direct answer to tell you what it is, we have to find out by ourselves through the reading and those materials that we have given. Although it is not a lecture that related to my subject, but honestly for me, everything can be related to art and design. It just depends on how people comprehend them. We also have some activities for us to understand more about what the theory about. There is something I found it very interesting that’s also the inspiration for me to write my dissertation.
The first lecture is the most impressive for me, and the reason is because of the topic I felt really interested to. It covers about the concept of more than human world by David Abram. Human perception being differently compared to the ancient century, and that is a kind of sensory blinders. However, it does not mean a physical issue but is a mental problem, we see things but we didn’t actual sense it and know it then we went into non-human voice world because everyone is mentally blind and deaf. Furthermore, in order to fix this problem is to go and feel the earth. In those study, it refers some significant elements of our world, which are not only important to the world but also human cannot live without them. They are air, dust, and the thing that we breathe respectively, all of them have one same feature that is invisible and which make people think they are just an empty space, therefore, people lost connection to them. Finally, it summarises we should create a new language to the world speak or re-educate our sense to communicate to it again. I really agree with those ideas which also make me interested in writing about these topics. It becomes one of the main research of the dissertation plan.
The second lesson we first discuss an argument with are the materials alive or dead? That’s something interesting to talk about but in my opinion, as a graphic student, it is a bit hard to feel when we are creating work. Of course, everything in our life is also made of the material it is difficult to feel in our artwork. The most common media for us is social media so we don’t alway have a chance to feel the natural material. The second part is to find out the definition of object and thing and talk about how the process from object to thing and bring into lives. (object presented as finished; a thing is an object with its gathering of lives, it mixes with materials, humans, animals and other things ) The third study for me is the most complicated one, in Entangled: An Archaeology of the Relationships between Humans and Thing, it explores the different types of thing are depended on. TH-things depend upon humans to be things, means they need human to maintain them. TT-things depend on other things, represent they need other things to let them become a thing. HT-humans depend upon things, indicates humans are trapped with those things(TT). It is help for everyone to understand the connection of them but honestly, it is not that easy to comprehend it clearly.
The third lecture covered several concepts but the final idea of the life-world of water really attract me to know more about it. It mentions water can hear what people what to say, our words. Through the theory of Dr. Emoto(the hidden message in water), to tell people water is not only an element for people to maintain their life or for them to used but also is a mystical treasure. Because water can reflect people thought in the crystals formed in frozen water. That’s another concept I want to write my dissertation, to talk about people only know how to talk to people but we don’t talk to the ground, which links to the communication problem we got.
The fourth and fifth lessons are about how the world express themselves and review all the topic again. By studying The life of lines and the artwork by Olafur Eliasson. To inform us everything happens is because the thing allows it to happen. For instance, a footprint is made is not because of that person but is it because the soil and all the mud, grass and the circumstance allow it to be made. Therefore, in the presentation, my friend and I use the similar concept to make a record of an art piece (check the previous post: Presentation-experiment). Although it looks like a fine artwork, I think we still can use it into designs as well.
Lastly, although the study is not about graphic directly, there are some ideas still linked such as the way of the world express themselves, that’s about communications. The world becomes an empty space and people lost connection to the world those are about other kind other communication.
In my dissertation, I am going to investigate what is the communication relationship between human and the natural world. I am interested in exploring this topic due to nowadays people always keep their mind on the social media and concentrate on the technology all the time so people start losing connection and sensory to nature. The first step to investigate this topic, as a student who studying graphic communication, it is important to understand what is communication about.
Before the discussion about the communication relationship between human and nature. First, it is important to understand what is communication about. By the technology development, people getting more easier to communicate to people, and they are not only communicating to the others through speaking but also most of the time we apply to the other via different social media technology. However, at the same time, there is something that we start forgetting about. In the earth, human, of course, is parts of the main character because we can speak, we invent things, develop this urban world and we can doing lots of things that the other creatures can’t do so in our consciousness human is on the other level(someone might think human are on the top) But in fact, there is something actually more powerful than us, on the other without them, the human cannot be alive or maybe we might not exist so that to the human they are significant and they are The Nature. We never thought that we are losing connection with the world because we are living in it and sometimes if a thing always around you then you may forget their existence, until one day we totally lost it and at that moment we might notice something important is missing. For human is the same, they thought this planet is belonging to them, it’s certain that they exist. The way we treat them is totally different to the primitive world and it is another reason why we losing connection to nature.
Human is part of nature, our life come from them but people are always being ungrateful to them. We are not only ignoring what they are saying but also avoiding to see what they trying to tell us. They are speaking to us in a different way, however, human! Still, choose to leave them away and something hilarious is when people avoiding to understand but at the same time, human keep using them, getting resource from them and killing their lives.
Human apathetic losing sensory to nature(avoiding to understand), we forgot that they are actually alive and we don’t care about how they feel. In my viewpoint, human will become like this is because nature didn’t speak like a human so they are forgotten by us. To the whole universe, they can speak but just without a voice, without any word and they respond and express themselves through their movement(they don’t have the same language as human do) and people pretended not to know them or maybe human is the only creature not to understand them. They are using their own way to indicate that they are alive, they want to be with us, or I can say they should be with us. They give we take, we don’t even ask and it is just because we got different languages.
But it is not a good excuse.
Through exploring how the world trying to communicate to human then we will know how they express their feeling, what is the language of them, and what they are trying to tell us, to let people understand what situation are we in at the moment. Furthermore, there is something we might actually forget-“nature doesn’t need people but people need nature”(Harrison Ford). One thing should not forget is all the damages and influences of the earth are made by the human and it is just because of our selfish behavior, nature looks totally different as begin.
The reason for me exploring this topic because as my subject is graphic communication, all the things, works or designs I do are about to communicate to people, telling messages and showing thoughts. So it is very important to understand the basic concept of communication, go back to the initial idea and think about what is communication, and seek the basic method of communication and compare the way that how differences between human and the world. The best way to deeply understand is to physically feel them, go back to that simple atmosphere and experience the spiritual power they get. Honestly, all the thing we invent and create are also inspired by nature, from their shape, pattern, texture, colour, smell and movement all is about art and design. So the best designer in the world is the nature, a human can create all the thing we have now because we copy and learn idea from them. Most of the designs for graphic designer did are about digital, demonstrate the message via different types of social media not much opportunity for us to do work using ecological material and therefore if we can go and feel the world then we can be more creative.
Lastly, I hope through this exploration, I can build more creative ideas in my mind also inspire my designs to become more powerful. After I read most of the book and look at different media, I notice that it is essential for us to listen to the universe, they give us sources, materials, ideas and inspiration so we should make some contribution to save it. And if we want to keep create the world then we have to start getting action now also from now on, I will try design work with adding some natural element to show the world more ecological.