This is an experimental book to consider the meaning and the shape of the Chinese characters Kanjis. I disjointed Kanjis and extracted the smallest elements, then placed them in a common scene to link them. These continuing scenes with Kanji elements enable you to think about the origins of these characters. Kanji characters are ideograms developed from hieroglyphics; the shapes and combinations of the elements have their own meaning. By placing the elements in a suitable situation, I aimed to visually explain the origin of Kanji.
Immersed in collector Brad Feuerhelm’s vernacular photo collection, artist Anouk Kruithof moved into a bungalow where she developed a niche relationship with the photos and transformed the image archive. She visualizes scenarios in which images, through the imaginary space of our conception, and parallel to digitization, leap across the tooth of time. The personal image relations, all but magically approached and released, offer new perspectives, to relate us, one-to-one with the image, to the present post-digital image economy in which our image memory moves. Furthermore, the technical angles give insight into the way we can process our image memory.
The five differently-processed image stories make this book a layered ‘Gesamt-sculpture’ that has a lot to say about the actual status of our image memory. The Bungalow is an ‘image wonderland’ in which a closed meeting represents the ‘bite’ of the leap.
Chaos, uncertainty and complexity. Those are the constants that we live in. No matter our stage of life or place in society, things often turn out differently that we initially expected.
As designers, we find ways to make sense of chaos. Whether it is to derive form from formlessness, or destabilize known forms to give way to new ones. We take problems that present themselves in front of us, and tease out their productive potential. We follow unknown paths, rearranging our steps to yield patterns, insights and ideas from a new perspective. We use whatever tools that make sense for the task at hand. Piece by piece, we employ design to help us put our lives in order, or conversely, find ways to dwell and thrive amidst disorder, its opposite.
For this edition of The Design Society Conference, we’re inspired to examine the question of ORDER. And we invite you to meditate on it with us.
The Design Society Conference 2014
Date: 29th November 2014
Time: 10am- 630pm
Venue: The Singapore Airlines Theatre, Lasalle Colleage of the Arts. 1 McNally Street Singapore 187940
Get your tickets here: http://ptix.co/1ziO6l8