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New things learned during Group presentation day (March 4th)

Online collaboration tool:

New resource link:

My group has a WikiSpaces page:



Group Project – Object Research

Group Project – Object Research

My angle of research is to explore the similar kind of “distorted’/’Collapsed’ art objects that exist in the market.

I found there are potentially two categories of such objects that may inspire and may be viewed as “art”.

  1. Intentional Deconstruction: One of the 10 Cool Trends in Contemporary Ceramic art

Research Method: Secondary research – desk top online search

Flattened, crumpled, and collapsed, these ceramic works squeeze out something new by crushing traditional forms. Chunky, un-useable, yet funky, Robert Chamberlain’s vases are created with cake-making equipment in an inventive marriage of domestic instruments. Work by Ulrika Strömbäck and Kathy Butterly toes the line between creation and destruction to thrilling effect.

2. Artistic manifestation through reinvention

Research Method: Through first hand research in M+ curator. Patricia from our group kindly shared a document curating a Fragments series from one of the M+ exhibition.

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The Fragments series of vases continues McLin and Progin’s exploration of porcelain at Jingdezhen. During their frequent visits there, they took notice of the many heaps of broken and discarded plaster moulds that can be seen among the city’s workshops, waiting to be ground down to powder and recast as new moulds. The designers reassembled several of these found moulds, all bearing standard vase typologies, and created new vessels from them; by applying thin layers of coloured clay or gold glaze to individual fragments, they’ve “embedded” contrasting shards within the vases’ otherwise unglazed, white bodies. The final result expresses the cracks and broken pieces—or memory—of the moulds, thus placing the designer’s hand not in the form of the work, but in the process of its creation.

3. Wabi Sabi: Art of Imperfection

Research Method: Wikipedia

Wabi Sabi (?) represents Japanese aesthetics and a Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.[2] It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin?), specifically impermanence (無常 mujō?), suffering ( ku?) and emptiness or absence of self-nature ( ?).
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

4. Unique collectibles: Antiquey Defective

Research methodology: first hand research

From my wechat group, I’ve research how people think of the Vase object, and one of the friends mentioned she would be interested because she has a piece of antique bowl with cracks she took from her ancestral house in NanHai, Guangdong Province. And she likes it because it’s almost one of a kind. Hence even though the shape of the vase is deformed, she would also be interested to buy.

Further research needed on book << Valuing the Unique: Economics of Singularities>> by Kalpik Lucien

Objects that resembles research

groupOctopus, it was the object i brought to the class.

To simplify the concept, the core body in the middle has the creature’s eyes and brains;  tentacles are interpreted as the support and the extension of the core.

The idea came from the readings I did for the course. One writes an essay in order to demonstrate a core idea or theory through author’s own observation and thinking, that resembles the head of the creature, big, condensed with a pair of eyes. And the research is done by collecting different areas of data or proof points, this may be extending to all related areas, like in the , the concept and hypothesis is quite abstract and complex, but the supporting proof points covered architecture, film, painting, art piece installation etc. Also the Boris Groys used Platu, encyclopedia or  futurist’s different ways of explore the liberation of words through out the history, and evolved into something Google is currently doing.

the objects from the group include: Octopus framed into a magnifying glass, a comb, a nutshell concept represented by a DVD case and content, broken antique vase(questioning the context that determines the value, eg., AIWEIWEI’s broken piece the Miami exhibition, where do you buy a GUCCI shirt).

Objects from other groups are:

Telegraphic map, Garment (design, fabric, cutting), Dice, Rubic cube (follow some mechanism), Russian Nesting dolls, trowl and size of trowl (unearth something big or niche), bath bomb, wine price investment research, finger-pen, piece of wood, lotus, photography book, detective novel in solving a murder, compass YuanGui, wine glass, silver ring (from raw material to a shape of product), postcard.

Out of these objects that we presented, each group was to choose one of them, and conduct in-depth research and use online platform to collaborate. Final presentation scheduled on March 4th.