For my Genius Loci Project I decided to pick China Town for my chosen place. In order to capture the real essence of the area, I walked on one of the most important events within their culture, Chinese New Year. It is defined to be the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar, marking the start of the new year. This festivity is celebrated in honour of heaven, Earth, the family ancestors and other gods. It is a time when families reunite, display new year decorations, launch fireworks. do some shopping, watch traditional Chinese shows and visit friends and relatives. It is celebrated worldwide including countries such as, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, United States and China towns else where.
Disobedient objects is an empowering exhibition viewing different materials in movements to create social change from the 1970s till now. Each display rectifies the benchmark of design from every corner around the world clarifying the purpose of the movement. From children toys to activist machinery, till political refugees being killed, this exhibition had personally broadened my mind and appreciating and respecting those people who stood up for our future and being glad I’m not around that.
I would say I was drawn to certain elements, some in particular. One movement I was fascinated of was ‘The Guerrilla Girls’. In 1985, group of female artists, allowed themselves to speak out about serious issues such as sexism, racism and corruption in the art world. In order to make a forward statement to the public they used graphics to inform the people about the facts and added humour by naming themselves ‘The Guerrilla Girls’. Followers of the group wore gorilla masks which they purchased from a fancy dress shop or a website. They describe themselves as feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders “Our anonymity keeps the focus on our work, not on any of us individually”.
In addition, another movement that caught my eye was in the next decade, 1993. The ‘Barbie Liberation Organisation’ switched the voice boxes of around five hundred talking GI Joe of Barbie dolls and returned them into stores. The action which we called ‘shopgiving’ was intended to highlight the gender stereotyping of children’s toys. Everybody won: the stores sold the dolls twice, the consumer got an improved product, and the news media had field day with story.
In conclusion, as a whole this exhibition was very informative, powerful and brought forth the idealistic tribulations of social change through the past decades. From this trip I have been inspired and I’m grateful, that the obstacles that people had faced through the years I don’t need to worry about it anymore.
I remember when i was 5 years old i moved from Kent to London
I remember when i was 10 having my first water fight with my friends
I remember when i was 11 for the first time i went to the zoo
I remember when i was 12 i went to Pakistan
I remember when i was 13 i went to Norway
I remember when i was in 16 i went to prom
i remember when i went to Sixth Form to a single year and failed my As Levels
I remember how i went to college for 2 years and got my qualification for Btec Graphic Design