The Vancouver Bubble is a participatory public art platform and an experiment in creating citizen spaces produced by the Vancouver Design Nerds. It is an inflatable space produced with low cost materials and a simple, replicable pattern, for people to experience and enjoy.
This experiment includes multiple levels of participation, including a collaborative design and production process. The installations are also intended to create opportunities for building community connections and promote dialogue within a citizen space. The form of an inflatable structure offers a a multitude of bubble metaphors for visitors to consider, from to the unaffordability of the “housing bubble,” to social isolation of “living in our own bubble” and to more playful and light allusions.
The #VanBubble has been activated twice: POP!: A Rainy Day Refuge for Winteraction and during Vancouver Design Week in Robson Square.
During Vancouver Design Week, the #VanBubble was activated with an additional Bubble. During its inflation it hosted such programming as: Bike Rack Design Contest by the City of Vancouver, VIVA Vancouver and Design Jam facilitated by Vancouver Design Nerds. Plus many locals artists, musicians and designers igniting citizen space inside & outside of the bubble. Location: Robson Square, Vancouver, BC Date: May 11th-13th, 2018.
Photography by Jared Korb and Natalie Tillen, 2018.
The New School in New York City is celebrating its 100th year anniversary. Along with the excitement of looking back at where the New School has come from brings the question of where might the institution be in 100 more years.
Guided by this question and all the desirable, undesirable, and uncertain possibilities it entails, our design team hosted a participatory futuring workshop: 100 Year Visions at The New School. Recognizing the roles culture plays as a manifestation and representation of a time period, we focused our participants’ attention on exploring the implications of subcultures at the New School 100 years in the future.
Our three hour workshop was designed to challenge participants to think about and explore futures in new ways, to be a positive experience, and to leave folks buzzing with a sense of creative energy. In the end, our participants left satisfied having thought through, designed, and made actualized visions of the future.
We were able to identify a number of themes and insights which seemed to emerge:
LEARNING vs EDUCATION
Will the future of the New School be a space of more informal, collaborative, peer-to-peer learning or will it be a highly formal, institutionalized space of professional education?
TECHNOLOGY: TOOL vs CONSTRAINT
Will the future of the New School demand a focus on technological education and integration or will it be a space to push back and regain core, human, non-technologically-oriented skill sets?
CAPITALIST vs COLLECTIVIST
Will the future of the New School root itself in the corporate nature of the contemporary private, higher education system or will it become an ecology of collectives -- individuals and nonhumans -- serving and teaching each other toward some higher, social purpose?
FORMATION OF SUBCULTURES
How might alienation and/or resistance be root causes for the establishment of certain subcultures?
AMPLIFICATION TENDENCY OF SUBCULTURES
How might the self-selecting nature of subcultures reinforce and amplify dominant narratives and tendencies of specific subcultures? How might engagement within certain subcultures actual ‘dial up’ the common traits?
February 25, 2019. New York City.
Fuelled by curiosity of transcendence and transmutation, this research investigates an imagined future where humans become trees.
Setting the scene: In a world that has been predominantly human-centred, we view a world that has shifted from the Anthropocene to the next epoch. We observe a practice of transition: to relinquish humanness by becoming a tree. Co-habitating in more than human ways with a multi-species and living organisms, both experiences of living and dying are new and re-newed rituals. This process is a practice, through phases. There is no determinate length of time this will take to become a tree. Emergence is one of the central conditions that will take place.
This research was produced under the advisement of Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby.
Images are of a booklet created to serve as a compilation of the research, narrative and visuals produced in this world-making.
Precedents of Sokushinbutsu, a Japanese Buddhist process of self-mummification is used as a guideline. Elements of relinquishing humanness: a tiered diet, intake of oxygen to CO2, endurance training with stillness, decomposition/decay of human body, resolving personal and professional relationships, governmental logistics.
2019, New York City.
Weave With Others: Tapestry
An initiative to facilitate the Emily Carr University community making together by weaving on a social loom situated in different locations of the campus. The project integrated collaborative making, social gathering spaces and textiles. It was installed for 2 weeks. The tapestry was used to create digitally embroidered patches (Pop-up Patches) and moved onto a custom handmade wood frame for display in the South building on campus.
The social loom was installed on an 8 x 4 foot metal frame, with warp threads 4 x 4 ft. Yarns and other materials used for weaving were donated.
Photography, Vivian Lin. WWO collaborators: Nicolene Mackenzie Karen Byskov Logan Mohr Xian Luo Vivian Lin Georgia Mackenzie-Macpherson Josiah Ganzeveld Ryan Knotts Scott Koritz Mai Mongélous Jen Hiebert Helene Day Fraser
2015, Vancouver, BC.
Weave With Others: Patches
WWO Patches is a continuation of the social weaving from WWO Tapestry.
Parts from the woven tapestry were selected to be digitalized and made into patches with a digital embroiderer. These patches were a digital translation from woven craft into mass-manufactured commodity that could be purchased and put onto bags, hats, sweaters, as a keep-sake, etc. We hosted a pop-up shop in the South building atrium at Emily Carr University where students could give feedback on the sustainable swag and patches. The concept was to involve the Emily Carr community in the making of the “swag” to personalize our collective identity and create different spaces on campus for social engagement to take place.