Golden City City by Arlene Sun

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Golden City

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
City

INSPIRATION:
How to understand Value? I thought the value generate only when you care about it. The thought related me to started to think about the Value between technology and ecology. Nowadays, AI already into our life everywhere, but we still need to evoke much more attentions on solution of the environment. In the future the smart life is not just wear a VR glasses to escape from the reality. We are not able to live in a virtual world with environmental pollution, electronic wastes, abandoned resource.How do we determine value?

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
When new technology comes out we purchase the new and discard the old. What is the the value of those discarded technologies? Is it garbage? And should be buried in the landfill. Or does it still have value ? What is the environmental cost of land-filling those devices? These question inspired me to create Golden City with used land-filled computer parts. I want ignite people's environmental consciousness by given a new life to those discarded parts. The Golden Life.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Curator: Dandi Gu, Academic Advisor: Zi

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in December 2017 in New York and finished in April 2019 in New York, and was exhibited in Novado Gallery in April-May 2019.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Acrylic, Electronic Waste, Metallic Coatings, Arduino, Lighting

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Abstract acrylic and mixed media on canvas 30'' × 30''

TAGS:
Abstract Acrylic, Mixed Media, Installation Art, Exhibition, Sustainable Design, Electronic Wastes, Green Design, Golden City

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
In this era of digitally, filled with virtual objects and digital models, we still hold the old commitment to things. This commitment is reflected in, for example, our preference for materializing concepts – whether it is an abstract theory, a comic character, or a digital image, we want to turn the abstract doctrine into a metal breast-pin on the chest, materializing the comic character into a doll, printing digital images into files or photos. In any case, we hope that we can turn non-objects into objects - those that can be grasped with and touchable by our hands. We believe that only the objected things are real - after all, from various aspects, we are also things – in one way or another, our attachments and detachments toward each other and the world will end up with things. Thus comes our pathological roots of fetishism. In a world of things, people have long believed that the shape of things has a deeper meaning. This conviction gave birth to the so-called Metaphysics – just as in the long Neolithic era, people once had a superstitious obsession with the metal buried in the ground: people treated metal as another form of human being, and excavating them from the ground would interrupt the process of cocooning in the earth. A vast body of knowledge is built upon this belief - Alchemy. The alchemists' mission is not to extract gold from the metal, but to eventually combine the metal with the flesh, and to achieving the final refinement of Philosopher's Stone—the object that allows everything freely transforming its form through it. Would art be the Philosopher’s Stone? Or would our computers and smartphones be? While there seems to be no conclusive answer for this pursuit, every device around us is transforming the form of some things in its way. This pursuit has expanded into a series of questions under the hands of the artist Arlene Sun: How to turn a panel painting into a sculpture- into a devise that phonate – into a device that interacts – into a device that acts. As she chooses to scavenge the damaged electronic components from the waste pile, these 'problematic�39; electronic components were fixed in her hands, not by repairing but shifting into a different context than they used to be located. The devices are transformed from e-wastes into vital parts of works. The value of these devices has grown a thousand folds simply because of relocating into a different context – isn't this a way of forging gold from metal? At this moment, these electronic components are framed into the frame, turning into the target of our vision in this space. Their another layer of meaning has been excavated in such away. Doesn't our own meaning usually come from the things around us? When we talk about meaning, don’t things always be the strongest bonds between us and our destiny? So What is our commitment to things? What do we mean when we intervene the fate of things? Who is the strong definer of whose fate? Is there a deep oriental gesture embedded in this cherished of things? Artist Arlene Sun responds to these questions via the works exhibiting here.

CHALLENGE:
How can I use it to catch up all the attention from my audience? Is the project unique, creative and imaginative? Does it offer a new and ground-breaking value proposition in the social impact sector?

ADDED DATE:
2019-12-28 19:03:44

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Curator: Dandi Gu Academic Advisor: Zi

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image / Photo: Echo, Dylan

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Arlenesun Solo Mixed Media Art Exhibition

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
SPDL DESIGN LAB

PROFILE:
In 2015, Visual Artist Arlene Sun founded SPDL Design Lab, dedicated to research and development of innovative projects that combine technology, art, and design to explore different field of artistic experience.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Golden City City by Arlene Sun is a Nominee in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category.

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Golden City City by Arlene Sun is Winner in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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