Projective Test: A Sequence Of Associations
Memory operates in a sequence of associations, the intertwining mental connection between words, images, concepts and opinions. Psychologists utilise these techniques through words association and Rorschach tests to triggering episodic memories. This project utilises abstracted material symbolisms to trigger sub-conscious thoughts, a kin to a Rorschach test.
Deep Seeded Urban Decay
The British council estate, once the symbolism of a classless society, has now become ”shorthand for general lumpenproletarian venality and violence”, (Hanley, 2007 – p9) deep seeded urban decay as Mike Skinner put it. It is difficult to comprehend the extent of the decline of the Modernist’s new society, from a society that would eradicate class struggle to a metaphor for crime and anti-social behaviour. The estate provided the word ‘monstrosity’ with a new prefix, concrete, the now default descriptive generalisation of post-war buildings has become a “potent and irresistible cliché”. (Grindrod, 2013 – p15)
A Place I Used To Know
“A Place I Used To Know” is a photographic series, which explores my hometown of Hong Kong behind its iconic city façade. Capturing the lesser-seen aspects of the city such as back alleys, markets, housing and industrial estates. The collated photographs span across my final four years in Hong Kong (a transition between Secondary School to University, Hong Kong to London). Now that this transition is almost complete, Hong Kong is becoming “A Place I Used To Know” with this series not only illustrating the city from my personal perspective, but also acting as an archive of my home.
The decisive moment refers to capturing an event that is ephemeral and spontaneous, where the image represents the essence of the event itself. London is in the process of 'urban regeneration' or correctly put, gentrification. The displacement of the working class families and individuals from their corresponding neighbourhoods due to an influx of wealth into areas through the upper and middle-classes, thus pricing out the original dwellers and all its character. Gentrification has created 'fleeting' communities throughout London and this photographic study captures a small glimpse into the harsh realities of the topic, taking a look past the cafés, boutiques and pop-up stores.
Our relation with space in mobility is repetitious, one of monotony. We continually navigate through non-places, compartmentalised and within ourselves. We may be surrounded by a number of individuals, but in reality we are isolated and devoid of human interaction. The anonymity of places do not enough significance to be regarded as a ‘place’. They are separate, transient. A space that “creates neither singular identity nor relations; only solitude, and similitude.” (Augé, 1995) Why do we simply disregard these ‘places’? Modernity has made us “indistinguishable from the world of objects – the dreary, mechanical and repetitive unfolding of the everyday.” (Lefebvre, 1958)
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Foundation Diploma in
Art & Design,
University | 2013-2014
BA Graphic Design,
Central Saint Martins