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SoundSorial – Instrument of Air Quality

SoundSorial – Instrument of Air Quality

Team: Yuchen Zhang, Natasha Lewandrowski, Agustin Crawford (Nevaris) Thanks to our guest artist Fabiola Einhorn for your contribution as well! SoundSorial is an wearable instrument that creates audioscapes based on particulate matter in the surrounding environment. Our goal was to create a portable device that would allow the user to sense air quality information in…

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Imagined Body – Prosthetics for Expression

Imagined Body – Prosthetics for Expression

Imagined Body is a kinetic wearable piece. It enhances human’s ability in expressing one self by using body language. The piece utilizes mechanical technology and fashion construction to enhance human physical expression. The mechanics in this piece are tied with human body’s kinesthetic movements. The wearer activates the piece when he moves his arms naturally…

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Hope for Blue

Hope for Blue

About Hope for Blue Hope for Blue is an Air Quality Alarm for Your Family. Hope for Blue is a simple to set-up device that alerts your family to the air quality in Beijing through a simple color system. Hope for Blue is here to help families stay informed and safe from air pollution. Hardware…

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Digital Voice Display

Digital Voice Display

In this digital age, we are used to express ourselves through social networks and text messages in digital forms. For this project, I wanted to create a metaphor of our digital voice online. Digital Voice Display is a device that a person can wear on his or her head as a visual display of what…

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Playing the Bench

Playing the Bench

PLAYING THE BENCH Sound Installation Wood, Found & Made Musical Instruments By Yuchen Zhang, Melanie Bossert & Annelie Koller “If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of…

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Domain Maps

In the beginning of this semester professor Anezka Sebek asked us about our domain and what we are mastered at. To understand ourselves better we created domain maps based on what we have learned in the past and what we have mastered at. Below is my maps of where I have been and what questions…

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Mini Thesis Development Over View

Mini Thesis Development Over View

What is the project about? To introduce this project to a broader audience, I have to introduce myself first. I am a very expressive person. I enjoy expressing myself through body languages. At the same time, I am not happy with what we have currently in ways to express ourselves. For example, the over simplified…

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Mini Thesis Work in Progress

Mini Thesis Work in Progress

Last week I have posted the first round of artist statement, prototype of the hand piece and the neck piece. This week I have tested the neck piece on a model and myself with the pulling system of using my arms moving forward to trigger the spikes to rise. Currently the base is made of…

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Mini Thesis – Prototype Round 1

Mini Thesis – Prototype Round 1

CHAPTER 1 CONCEPT STATEMENT “Why is it so hard to do nothing nowadays?” “Why do we need technology?” “Why do we love technology?” “Why do we feel safe with technology?” “Why do we feel inadequate without technology?” “Why do we feel weak?” I am aiming to create a series of wearables to describe our relationship…

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A Self Reflection 2

A Self Reflection 2

After reading Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together for the second time, I made a response piece about our relationship between our body and our digital gadgets, especially the iPhone. This is a sculpture that I created by casting a real person’s handing using an iPhone. Originally I intently to cast the whole upper body of a…

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A Self Reflection – Reading Response to Sherry Turkle

A Self Reflection – Reading Response to Sherry Turkle

The chapter, Necessary Conversations of the book Alone Together, 2012 by Sherry Turkle discusses the complex relationship between us and our current technology. She made an argument about how our disappointment in human imperfection results in our reliance over technology more than each other and how important it is to have self reflection in face…

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“I Wish I have”

“I Wish I have”

I always wish I have done a big drawing. A free of being beautiful, sophisticated large drawing. In the first class of major studio 2 (Parsons the New School), I have the opportunity to show what I am mastery at. I have thought about how even though my profession is graphic design, I have been…

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The Artificial Hair Garment

The Artificial Hair Garment

The clothes and garments we use are a reflection of our personalities. In order to live in a society we dress and change attires every day first and foremost to protect ourselves from the elements and also in order to make a statement in front of society. What we wear -wether we like it or…

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I’m Watching

I’m Watching

Biking could be dangerous, especially facing irresponsible drivers. So I have attached an virtue eye on the back of my helmet to “watch” who is behind me. The animation is displayed on LOLShield and programed with Arduino. \ I’m Watching from Yuchen Zhang on Vimeo.

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Sunday Meeting at DUMBO

Sunday Meeting at DUMBO

Feedback from last week: Narrow down the location Narrow down the target group Think more about execution Weekend Meet up: At DUMBO water front park. I found  Céleste Boursier-Mougenot an great artist to look into for sound projects. He is brilliant at using everyday object in creating sound and installations. 1. Birders interactions with an electronic guitar….

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Recap on Bootcamp

Recap on Bootcamp

During the time of beginning of August, the freshman at Design and Technology experienced an intense training called ‘Bootcamp’. In this training, we were taught the essential knowledge of graphic design, coding in processing and coding in web development. My outcome of these three weeks are below: 1. Design – Observe an environment, identify a…

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Mario Alarm Clock

Mario Alarm Clock

This is a simple alarm clock when the day light is strong enough to trigger the Arduino to play Mario theme song. Mario Alarm Clock from Yuchen Zhang on Vimeo. Below is my code: #include “pitches.h” int speaker = 11; int sensor = A0; int sensorValue = 0; int melody[] = { NOTE_E7, NOTE_E7,0,NOTE_E7,0, NOTE_C7,…

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Zone of the Impending

Zone of the Impending

In Need of New Bike Mask – Shifting the function of everyday object based on our environmental change The fourth advantage I see in the word “design” (in addition to its modesty, its attention to detail and the semiotic skills it always carries with it), is that it is never a process that begins from…

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Why Do We Create Anything?

Why Do We Create Anything?

During my senior year in college, I did a presentation of the Japanese art group Maywa Denki to my fellow graphic design classmates. I think that was a little strange for them to see from all the other fancy packaging or print design presentations. However, now the dots are connected. I have created my first…

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Day 8 – It keeps going!

Day 8 – It keeps going!

So I thought I was done with the 7X7 project. It turns out I can just keep doing these forever! I needed a folder for all my readings print outs. Since the Staples are packed with middle schoolers. All their binders are made in plastic. So I decided to make my own out of card…

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Project 1- Zone of the Impending

Objectives: • Articulation. Articulate the thematics’ historical, conceptual and philosophical reasoning • Precedents. Explore the trajectories of artistic strategies and visions in coping with the environmental crisis. • Analysis. Problemtize, deconstruct, assemblage and reconfigure and making sense of the available environmental data. • Manifestation. Develop a project proposal that is conceptually meaningful and practically feasible…

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Day 7 – It is Simple Manifesto

Problem: I think about the environment from time to time, but it is easy to skip not recycling plastic bottles or take another new plastic bag from a vender. Is there a way I will be able to keep my environmental responsibility in my everyday practice all the time? Or even expand this to others?…

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Day 6 – A Plastic Character

Day 6 – A Plastic Character

Problem: I went to a friend’s birthday party and encountered these fascinating plastic materials. They are sold as hawaii themed necklace in five vibrant colors. There is a certain luxury about their nature – shiny, festive and colorful. However, they are meant to be used only once. How could I reuse them? Out come: A…

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Day 4 – Can you buy happiness here?

Day 4 – Can you buy happiness here?

Problem: From the mass media to what’s around us, a big part of our pleasure comes from shopping. However, did we actually buy our happiness when we shop? How long does the happiness last? Outcome: Seeing people’s reaction to my question ‘Can you buy happiness, here?’ on the street in Soho, Manhattan. Below is a…

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Day 1 – Edible Utensils

Day 1 – Edible Utensils

I am sure we all have thought about having biodegradable utensils to solve the plastic utensil problem. How about utensils that we can actually eat? There will be no waste at all! Well you know except the human body waste. Vegetable Spoon Experiment from Yuchen Zhang on Vimeo.

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The Start of Major Studio

The Start of Major Studio

  We have began our first class of Major studio in 2013 Fall semester. This is the the most important class in our semester. I am really looking forward to produce good works in this class. Below is the learning outcome from our professor. Let’s see if I meet these goals by the end of…

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