I explore the ideas of formal and conceptual isolation through various mediums. Isolation is about being alone and apart from others, a state of being often intensified in an urban environment. This work derives from my experience with the very next door neighbor, his story and the sense of isolation caused by separation, loneliness, indifference, and disconnection from the rest of the community. The different expressions in my videos will provoke the audiences to rethink the sense of isolation that how the urbanism within our modern world encourages people to isolate each other. In my work, I employed a metaphor of Betta fish: a creature whose aggressiveness toward others often leads to a habitat of solitude. Isolation takes three different forms in my videos. The first video, inspired by Hiroshi Sugimoto, describes isolation in urban workplaces where individuals are confined to small spaces, producing goods or services. The mood and containment visually communicates isolation, often without the knowledge of the occupant.
Bruce Terrier attempts to enjoy an ice cream cone during a stroll in the park.
ANIMATION / Christina Lu
MUSIC / Max Coburn
SUPERVISION / Jun Sassa
Parsons The New School for Design
BFA Design + Technology / CDT Thesis 2013
OFFICIAL SELECTION + AWARDS
2013 Big Apple Film Festival
2013 Blue Plum Animation Festival
2013 NYLA International Film Festival
2013 PBS Thirteen's Reel 13 Tumblr Month / Winner
2013 Adobe Design Achievement Award / Semifinalist / Session I
Tibetan Altars captures my father performing the unique Tibetan ritual and practice of offering water bowls every morning in the altar. It is an amalgamation of my personal narrative, Tibetan culture and lifestyle, and the mundane activities with a revelation about the political conditions and issues faced by Tibetans in Tibet. The altar is a very sacred part of the home where religious prayers are performed and Tibetans have a genuine feeling of reverence towards it since it serves as a door towards attaining Buddha hood and connecting with the divine power. The activities of lighting butter lamps and burning of incense is accompanied with the water offerings. It also shows my sister emptying the water bowls during the evening before sundown so that it can be used for the next day. This ritual is a mandatory activity performed by all Tibetans. On the other hand, I have also used political issues faced by Tibetans in Tibet with the help of typography in the video. The way in which I addressed these political issues are by juxtaposing them with the practices of the mundane Tibetan life and cultural activities since it is this culture that is at the risk of being lost.
“As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other?” questioned by Sherry Turkle. Turkle’s question really inspired me and made me rethink about the impact of technology, especially within the mobile devices and virtual social networks on the relationship of human being. People’s attention for one another could decrease due to social media, but it does not necessary mean we should not use any digital communities. Spotter is a mobile application that aims to facilitate interaction between strangers based on the physical context, urban environment, and objects that are surrounding us in current society. Within this app, the user will be able to interact with the strangers (the people around them) based on the interesting spots that other has spotted. The centralized location system will be used to alert the user when he/she is near the spots that other user has spotted on to encourage them to have the further discussion and interaction with each other. This application will deepen the relationship we have and facilitate the creation of new ones through the reflection of ourselves, our inner circle and heritages.