Music Garden: Towards to multisensory interaction design

Under the age of experience economy, how to provide unique experience for consumers is the most important thing for designers and creative entrepreneurs.

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Jinsop Lee is an industrial designer who believes that great design appeals to all five senses. In his TED talk Design for all 5 senses he indicated the perfect experience for consumers is combine all senses together, while for today’s designers, mainly focused on making things looks pretty (slight) and ignored integrate other senses (touch, smell, sound, taste).

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Moreover, he also reflected why his university solar-powered clocks project Dwarf Sunflower was worse than his classmate Chris Hosmer’s Glass clock, which is because his work just focused on visual sense while Chris paid more attention to combine sight and smell to tell time.(this is the first clock to expand people’s smell sense).In conclude, designers need consider more about human senses during the process of designing which can provide a more comprehensive and unique sensual experience for participants.

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Under this circumstance, I am considering to improve my project work Music Garden to a more multi sensory way. To be more accurate, I am planning to integrate all human sense in Music Garden. For instance, when participants inject water to real flowerpots (touch), which will trigger the high sensitive water sensors and the virtual flowers in computer screen will blossom (visual) with beautiful melodies (sound). Moreover, when participants smell the flowers in the real flowerpots, they trigger the infrared sensors which used to control wind motors, and the fragrance will come out like the real flowers (smell).

 

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[Practice]Draw animals by processing

As a beginner for Processing, I am really commanding  the book named Getting Started with Processing(Casey&Ben Fry).Processing is for writing software to make images, animations, and interactions, which offers a way to learn programming through creating interactive graphics.

In order to improve my drawing skills in Processing, I read this book and follow the instructions it gives me to build my coding system.These days, I learnt how to make  functions to draw animals.Functions are the basic building blocks for Processing programs,including the line() function, and the fill() function and the size()function.

First of all, I practiced the examples

Owl(without function):

 

outcome:

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Owls in different sizes:

Outcome:

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Secondly, I tried to draw a rabbit by changing and amending the functions in Owl, it was very important to sketch the rabbit before to write the code.

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The code:

void setup(){

size(600,600);

smooth();

}

void draw() {

background(204);

translate(100,100);

stroke(0);

//strokeWeight(10);

//line(0,0,1,1);

strokeWeight(70);

//line(0,0,1,1);

line(200,100,260,100);

noStroke();

fill(255);

ellipse(150,50,80,80);

fill(0);

ellipse(135,40,10,10);

ellipse(165,40,10,10);

arc(150,60,30,30,0,PI);

//fill(255);

rotate(-PI/10);

ellipse(110,25,35,65);

rotate(PI/10);

rotate(PI/10);

ellipse(170,-70,35,65);

rotate(-PI/10);

fill(255);

ellipse(200,150,35,30);

ellipse(260,150,35,30);

ellipse(310,100,35,30);

//ellipse(17.5,-65,35,35);

//arc(0,-65,70,70,0,PI);

//fill(0);

//ellipse(-14,-65,8,8);

//ellipse(14,-65,8,8);

//quad(0,-58,4,-51,0,-44,-4,-51);

}

Outcome:

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[practice]Processing: drawing colorful flowers

Learning how to use processing to draw flowers is a necessary step for me to establish Music Garden.So I learnt it  from Processing tutorial online.

There are the outcomes when I practiced by steps:

Step one, drawing lines to shape the flower

strokeWeight(10.0);

translate(50,50);  for(int i=0; i<10; i++){

rotate(TWO_PI/ 10);

line(0,0,30,0);

}

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Step Two : changing color and drawing flower bud

strokeWeight(10.0);

  stroke(color(255,0,0));

translate(50,50);

for(int i=0; i<10; i++){

rotate(TWO_PI/ 10);

line(0,0,30,0);

}

  strokeWeight(0);

 fill(color(255,255,0));

  ellipse(0,0,15,15);

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Step Three: getting  random color

int getRandomColor(){

  return color(random(120,255),random(255),random(255));

}

void setup(){

strokeWeight(10.0);

stroke(getRandomColor());

translate(50,50);

for(int i=0; i<10; i++){

rotate(TWO_PI/ 10);

line(0,0,30,0);

}

strokeWeight(0);

  fill(getRandomColor());

ellipse(0,0,15,15);

}

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Step Four: flower size

int getRandomColor(){

return color(random(120,255),random(255),random(255));

}

void setup(){

float flowerSize = 5.0;

strokeWeight(flowerSize);

stroke(getRandomColor());

translate(50,50);

for(int i=0; i<10; i++){

rotate(TWO_PI/ 10);

line(0,0,3* flowerSize,0);

}

strokeWeight(0);

fill(getRandomColor());

  ellipse(0,0,1.5*flowerSize,1.5*flowerSize);

}

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Step five :drawing colorful flowers by keyboard

int getRandomColor(){
return color(random(120,255),random(255),random(255));
}

void drawFlower(float x, float y, float flowerSize) {
strokeWeight(flowerSize);
stroke(getRandomColor());

translate(x,y);
for(int i=0; i<10; i++){
rotate(TWO_PI/ 10);
line(0,0,3* flowerSize,0);
}

strokeWeight(0);
fill(getRandomColor());
ellipse(0,0,1.5*flowerSize,1.5*flowerSize);
}

void setup(){
size(800,600);
background(0);
}

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[inspiration]Pepsi:Pay attention to multi-sensory experience

Recently, Pepsi launched a series of multisensory interaction advertisements and experience activities, which indicated an increasingly number of companies prefer to use creative technologies to attract more people under the age of experience economy. I would introduce two Pepsi programs that inspired me.

 

Drone Football

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By using drones, advanced projection technology and over 30,000 programmable LED lights, Pepsi create a innovative football experience for Barcelona footballers. As of 11th May, the ads already have 5,902,562 visitors in YouTube. This dedicates people not only keen on the brand and quality about the products, but also want to have unique experience with high technologies.

 

The Cherry rooms

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In March, Pepsi Max and The Robin Collective opened their doors to a unique multi-sensory experience, designed to explore the senses through a variety of interactive, edible and ingenious experiences. Specifically,The Cherry Rooms took visitors to taste and discovery cherry flavor cola through four different  human senses. From a cola rain room and the UK’s first edible cherry tree to molecular mocktails from leading mixologists, this multisensory flavor experience unlocked senses in ways that have never been done before.

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understanding video ethnography

Video ethnography is a part of visual ethnography(including Photography,video,cultures and individuals ), which is using videos to support ethnographic methods.To be more accurate,video can serve as ethnographic dairy keeping, note keeping or of certain processes and activities.

There is a range of different genres of video to be “ethnographic”, not only ethnographer’s video footages,but also home movies or event videos when they are implicated in an ethnographic project.

Visual anthropologists became interested in video in 1980s due to the cheap price and long record time.In 1990s, researchers started to explore reflexive uses of video in ethnography, they found video images and technologies can not simply collect footages they need,but also can provide knowledge and profound meaning.

 

There is a video about visual ethnography,which highlights current theory in visual ethnography and highlights differences among participant film:

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Reference:

Pink, S. (2001). Doing visual ethnography. London: Sage.

 

 

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Flowing Lands

Flowing Lands is a projective media artwork aims at delivering complicated feelings from two different spaces. To be more accurate, by combining the eight small videos about UK and China from household affairs to society levels, Flowing Lands wants to reveal the contrast between the real and the fantasy. Initially, as a documentary practitioner, I feel tired of using single screen to show videos and want to explore a new exhibition way. Inspired by 3D and multiple dimensions digital image designs, I wonder if I could make a real multiple dimensions models and put my videos on. Additionally, for contents part, I chose scenes from daily lives in both UK and China because I think it would be interesting for visitors to see their familiar or unfamiliar scenes from fragmentized and multiple dimensions screens.

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Critique results

1 For equipment part, I need to decorate or hide the projectors, tidiness and concise are the key points to arrange artworks. It would be better to hide the projectors and make visitors feel inconceivable when they saw multiple dimensions videos in the corners of the room.

2 For contents part, due to excessively distinguish between UK part and China part, which would limit visitors’ imagination. Artist should not convey a too specific meaning for an artwork. On the contrary, ambiguous would raise more interests and controversies among the work.

Exhibition process

Stage one: Setting up an Exhibition Planning Committee

Responsibility and great teamwork are the key points to hold a successful exhibition.We had eight artist participated in this public event project, including Mirela Bistran, Jodie Dunnil,Helen Shaddock,Yein Son and Liying Zhao from Fine Art department, Tan Zou, Bartira Sena and Li Qingchan from Creative Arts Practice. Firstly, we set up Facebook group and public Email for easily communication. Secondly, we divided artists in small groups to take responsibilities in exhibition process. Specifically, Mirela and Bartira were responsible for exhibition statement. Jodie and Zhao were responsible for poster design. Yein and Li were responsible for Facebook information upload. Helen was for students contact and my job was for refreshments arrange.

Stage two: Negotiation of exhibition title and site

As a team exhibition, it is important for all artists to understand the exhibition goals and be committed to attaining them.We had two meetings to discuss the exhibition title. By choosing from Snippet, In Between and Crossroads, we finally decided to use Snippet as our exhibition title. Just like the group statement reveals “A fragment. A glimpse. A squint to unveil the work of artists exploring painting, sculpture, textiles, sound and video. Geometric colourful shapes along with abstract moving images and experimental sculpture are brought together in SNIPPET. The works shown are manifested from the tensions between painting and sculpture, society and technology.”

(Link to:Poster and Snippet-ExhibitionStatement)

Moreover, we booked three exhibition sites: Long Gallery, Tic Space and Small Project Room. I and another artist who displayed the light box wanted to share the project room due to the limited exhibition sites, the main issue for me was the light problem. I thought the light from the light box would have some effect for my work.  Inicially, I planned to use a white curtain to divided the project room into two spaces, but I discarded  this idea after discussing with the artist.We thought we need to consider the exhibition as a whole while the curtain would destroy the integrity of it. Finally, I reduced the effect of the light by adjusting the placement of the work and enhancing projectors’ brightness.

Stage three: Publicity and Preview show

When finished all the preparatory work, we planned to do more propaganda to appeal visitors. On one hand, we used social medias to upload and propaganda the latest exhibition information, on the other hand, we printed posters to paste in public places(including teaching buildings, library,student accommodation). The preview show was very successful. Artists stood by their works and communicated with visitors. It was a good chance for artists to critically evaluate their works. YouTube Preview Image

Conclusion

From the process of exhibition planning, I learnt a lot from it:not only the improvement of aesthetic part, but also many practical skills. In the future, I would like to do more creative attempts in visual field.