Constellation PDP 2017

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.

empty space and invisible element

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. 

thing & human

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.

Water and Words

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.

Dissertation idea

Human&NatureIn 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.

people need nature.png
(2017), [video] Conservation International: Conservation International.
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.

technology around us

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.

nature doesn't need people
(2017), [video] Conservation International: Conservation International
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.

Our world
(2017), [video] Conservation International: Conservation International
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.

Design and nature

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. 



Presentation-Constellation PPT

We chose to do a painting for our experimentation with ice melting, which is related to the brief requirement. Pick one wind, water or ground or all the elements and create a work which can be a drawing, sculpture or whatever an artwork.

Our main ideas came from the artist Olafur Eliasson-A Danish-Icelandic artist, mainly work on sculpture and some large-scale installation art with utilising special materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience also he engaged in a number of projects in public spaceOn the below is some of his work also is where our inspiration came from


This is the work he was using the movement of the train to do the drawing by itself, it represents the painting is drew by the ground and the air through the movement. And the concept of this is talking about the drawing is not drew by the human, but is drew by the ground and the wind. The inking ball was putting in a machine on top of the paper, and when the train moves the ball will follow the movement of the train then create the pattern by it. The ground supports the train and the train support the machine so it is like the ground supports the machine, and the ball moved because of the wind change the circumstance of the air and touch the ball so it moved. It is the movement that about how the ground and wind to control the ball and respond the feel the human, it demonstrates the language of them, they are using their language to communicate to human. We can also see this phenomenon in “The Hidden Messages In Water”, it tells us how water respond to human. 


At the above is our first experimentation, we froze the ice with some blue watercolour the day before. On that day when we start working first we do is put the paper on the container in order to make sure the water will not flow to everywhere after that we put some red, yellow and green paint on the ice that we froze and turn it over put it on top of the paper. And the next step is WAIT, I took photos after a while and kept doing this until the ice all melt. The whole process it took a really long time even we put it in a warm area to melt it, start from we melt the ice until the paper exactly dry it took a day to be done. And this experience told us that this drawing is similar to the ink ball, they are both drew by themselves also the pattern of the drawing is unpredictable they cannot control by human, it is responding to the human what they are thinking.

 There is another experience which is by the same method but put with different paint and melt on a different type of paper. This time I put different colours of marbling ink and mixed them together and froze, and this time we did not put any paint on the ice, we just put the ice on top of a thin paper which is different to the first one and let it melt. And the result is as you can see they are totally different even though they are using the same method or people will argue that it is because of different material and it affected the outcome, but when we think on to the other way is not we mixed the colour into the water or we put the paper underneath the ice so it absorbed the colour water. In contrast, is the water let the colours mixed with them, also they went into the paper but not the paper absorbed them.

When is useful & when is not?


On the previous blog, I have discussed few things, which are important to all the lives, and without those things, nothing can be alive. And this time I am going to talk about my thought when it is useful, when is not.

I decided to discuss Air, which is the most important thing in those three elements although we cannot lives without the other two things and there is some evidence to show that air is very important.


Air is one of the four elements(air, fire, water, and earth), and it is an atmosphere around us all the times. Inside air, it mixes with many gases and dust particles (the mixtures with such as nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide, water vapour etc.), it has no smell and invisible, it has mass and weight also it create an atmosphere. 

As the information above inside air, it mixes with oxygen which is most of the lives need weather is human or animals. Our blood is given oxygen by our lungs, then we give back the air carbon dioxide and that is the cycle breathing process of human and animals. On the other hand, plants are in a totally opposite situation, they absorb carbon dioxide, and give out oxygen. Therefore, we are helping all the lives let we breathe again. 

Air is moved by the wind, which helps the earth to dilute most of the pollution in the air. Nowadays, the industrial pollution is extremely serious, and it creates many problems that are affecting lives. For instance, Global Warming the causing by “greenhouse effect”, is a massive problem of all the lives in the earth, it changing the world every day, every second, every moment. Secondly, it totally influences lives health, we will get different kinds of weird disease because of that.

What makes aircraft can fly to the sky? They use a propeller to move the air over a wing, and pneumatics use air pressure to move things.



After the discussion about when it is useful, and now I am going to talk about what situation air become useless. We said that air is a mixture of many things, which around all over places. However, at the same time, there is a situation that has no air in it. And first, is the massive, mystery place where human still does not really know all the thing about it named Cosmos, it also called Universe. In some of the information says Universe has a very small number of particles and tiny bit of gas but here is no air in it, because the definition of air is, a mixture of many different gases, and we cannot find there are few gases in it so we would say that there is no air in the Cosmos. Furthermore, gas has no shape so the volume of gas can be infinite, is unlimited, and when there is no gravitation to constraint the gas, it will disperse afterwards. In addition, sonic can only propagate through the media and sound can be transmitted through gases, liquids and solids. Therefore, in a normal situation when there is no air, which is the main media for propagating, then we cannot hear any sound. But at the moment we still do not have this high good technology to create an Absolute vacuum (means there’s no any substance in the space).

On the other hand, human use this concept into our daily life. For instance, vacuum packing is one of the common things in our lives, and the main effect is to reduce oxygen in order to store the dry food be fresh, lightweight, and anti-corrosion, it also has another benefit such as moisture-proof,dust-proof,and anti-bacterial . 

Overall, air is a thing that which must be around us all the time, without the air we cannot be alive. Although there is a special situation for people to save their food longer, it still has a bit of air in but less oxygen. Also, air is always with the wind, they always been together. The Wind is not only one of the elements of the four elements but also it has the similar feature as air. It is no smell and invisible but we can notice them through feeling.

There are some pictures are taken in one of the studies(The Forgetting and Remembering of the Air), and it shows some of the information I have discussed on the above.


Forgetting and Remembering the Air

People become blind, so they do not SEE the world. But in here it, it does not actually mean people are physiological blind, but they are blind in a psychological way. People cannot see the earth, our world, and because of this, they always forget something which is very important and without those things we cannot be alive, the human world would not exist. For this, we can know that how important they are, but we still keep forgetting them. They are air, dust, and winds respectively, which are the most pervasive presence, it goes all over the places, from inside to outside, from our body to the whole world. There is something I really agree with is about: Lives cannot leave with water, air, food ingestion, and radiation, without those things it became nothing. Sometimes, we are in an empty space, and we think it is empty but in fact, the atmosphere is full of air and dust. Without air, we cannot breathe and the organisms would not be alive, and without dust, the world would be black, and it would be unrecognisable. It makes colours were being seen, it shapes many things from the seasons to buildings. And the last thing is the wind, which is the exist everywhere full over the world too. Although it is invisible, people can still feel it, so there’s no reason people can forget it. The only reason is people ignore it and pretend that they cannot see it, but actually, they are doing on purpose. On the other hand, our empty space is filled by radio waves, communication channels, and wi-fi thence, people lose communication with the human world. In the world, it filled by air, dust, and wind at the same time, and we cannot live without any of them.

Here is the narrative that we wrote about, and we thought a topic which is interesting to consider about. What came first? The Pollution or the Beechams? We have to produce something to protect our life, but at the same time, we are harming ourselves by it.