Digestive Disturbances Untangling the Unsolved (2020)
Duration: 12 weeks
Exhibition Design/ Branding/ Identity Design
Completed for Fall 2020 Degree Project under the guidance of James Goggin at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Digestive Disturbance—Untangling the Unsolved
This is a project derived from my experience from the Quaker’s Question. It first describes six different people and their own unsolved stories. While interviewing them, I tried to create a secure environment by embracing, listening, and sharing my personal stories related to theirs. During the conversation, we shared our coldest and warmest memories, recent and former struggles, personal worries and future visionand dreams.
Degree Project Thesis Book / Exhibition Booklet
Click to see the whole book︎︎︎ Digestive Disturbance—Untangling the Unsolved
The first stage of the exhibition begins with exploring the
Unsolved stories of six different people. Conversational
candid interviews were conducted, incorporating a new non-Christian version of the Quaker’s Questions. Stage 01
establishes a multi-sensory space composed of various
interactive elements. The main wall of the space is filled
with motion graphics about six people’s ‘unsolved’ stories.
Animations are projected on the wall while transparent
pendulum mobiles are displayed.
Stage 01 CD Cover Design
On top of the looping motion graphics, the sound of
people's voices from the interviews are being played from
the CD. Their voices are overlapped and create confusion. Even though the Compact Disc might be considered
slightly outdated as a format, they remain valuable as a
tangible form that represents sound, providing exhibition
visitors with an accessible and tangible companion to the
audio interviews which they can freely pick up and take a closer look at. The main visuals for the CD covers are developed based on the motion graphics of six different
stories of the people.
In Stage 02, there are various aspects to focus on. One is the two juxtaposing posters. I Still Can't Figure Out is composed of various layers of textures and the pictures of capsule endoscopic processes. This poster depicts how the internal parts are tangled due to the fact that people have not been solving their own “digestive disturbances”. The other is Metacognition, which explains how and why the internal parts have been tangled. This illustrates the graph of the gut microbiota and some possible factors of digestive disturbances.
In stage 02, I intended to visually
express the unknown cause of people's
internal twists and how submerged
their struggles have been through various overlapping layers. The processes
of capsule endoscopy are mainly used
to depict the untangling procedure of the unsolved. Due to the deliberate placement of different layers, it is
challenging to decipher what's going on
in the poster. Through these visuals and
the emphasis on the concept of metacognition, I wanted to claim that with
metacognition, we are able to examine
and detect that we all share struggles
in similar ways and styles.
The main concept of Stage 03 is the mindful contemplation about people's own Unsolved. 'Being mindful' is also
being fully aware of who we are, where we are, and what
we are thinking and doing, while not being overly reactive
or overwhelmed by other surrounding factors. This is a
calm practice that requires secure and peaceful settings.
Mindful contemplation becomes successful when there
are proper guides and instructions that lead people to
contemplate and behave accordingly.
Final Degree Project Presentation on Zoom