Visit to Chinatown

08th November 2018 22:19

I’m Iggy, come from China. I stayed in London for about two months and ate almost all the Western food in London. I feel my taste buds are very satisfied. However, I began to miss home cooking and I heard the name of Chinatown so I would like to see it. When I first arrived in Chinatown, the whole street was filled with lanterns, which were very bright. The red lanterns had a lively and festive atmosphere. Walking happily in the street, I saw from afar a tall archway with Chinese characteristics, carved with dragon patterns.

‘Gulu~’, I heard the sound of my stomach, took a deep breath, and smelled the fragrance of the food. Iquickened my pace to find delicious food all the way. There were all kinds of authentic Chinese dishes on both sides of the road, among which Hong Kong style restaurants were more. I came and saw a shop selling Baozi and roast string, which was very appetites to me. After entering the shop, I looked at the decoration style of the storefront, a little old Beijing flavor, simple and elegant. Inside the shop, there is a wooden flower-dressing barrier with ancient rhyme of ancient villages. On the barrier, there are bottles, cans of Chinese cereals and seasoning materials. Also there is a couplet on the wall and a lot of brands on the other side, if you need any dishes, you can turn over the corresponding brand, which has a unique flavor. I did not hesitate to order a classic meat baozi. In China, steamed baozi is an ancient traditional snake, which contains different fillings. And I usually eat breakfast with a bowl of soya bean milk and two baozi. The kebabs are mostly placed on the mobile stalls, so they can smell fragrant from far away, and I am greedy every time I smell it. There is also a wonton, wonton and steamed baozi have the same effect, which can be filled with different stuffing. This bowl of wonton is red, because I add chili and I like spicy food very much. As for other kinds of food, I’ll taste themlater. Finally make a comment. The steamed baozi is soft outside and filled with enough stuffing, it can produce gravy with one bite, it’s delicious. The roast string is very tasty. The wonton is a bit sweet but a little spicy for me. As a Chinese, I can eat so much authentic cuisine I like, and my mouth is very satisfied. Chinatown is a very charming place.

Further research of the Medicine Now

07th November 2018 21:35

I did some further second research on the contents of the Medicine Now exhibition. In the last release of blog, you can see the series of bones X-rays. As I’ve mentioned, X-ray as a common medical diagnostic method, it has been widely used in clinical practice, especially in the case of bone fracture. So I found a book which is called ‹‹X-RAY ART››, Nick Veasey’s works. The following is an excerpt from this book. And the most influential part of him is to make dramatic human body in the form of X-ray in certain scenes:

Compare the size of the people serving the plane to the plane itself, or lose yourself inspecting the people on th bus. The complexity of the human from when you can see through it has added organic qualities. When placed in some kind of context, there is something uncomfortable in thr relation of the body to man made surroundings. The “people” in my x-ray situations are all saying “hey, look at me!” but in fact, we are looking right through them.

‹‹The Human Body›› — editor-in-chief Dr Tony Smith, first published in Great Britain in 1995, Jonathan Reed is the publisher. This book is about the structure and function of human organs and microcells. Combined with the human body I observed in the museum, I can get a better understanding of human body structure. And here are some knowledge estreated about digestive system for your reference:

THE TASK OF THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM is the physical and chemical breakdown of food. All the energy the body needs and the raw materials for growth and repair of body structures come from ingested food and drink. After ingestion, food and fluids are processed by the digestive organs into small nutrient molecules that can be absorbed from the intestines, and circulated around the body. Food that cannot be digested becomes waste material or faeces, which is eliminated from the body by defaecation. Digestion is coordinated by the hypothalamus, hormones, and nerves.

There is another book written in nineteenth Century surgery —‹‹Crucial Interventions››. The first published in the UK in 2015 by Thames&Hudson Ltd, and cooperation with Wellcome Collection, design by Daniel Streat at Barnbrook. This book has a large number of human anatomy, and with the introduction of anesthesia and preservation technology, surgical technology has made great progress. At that time, medical care was not so developed, and doctors were higher than surgeons in any sense. They were looking for a way not to make patients too painful. I have an impression of such a cruel content:

In this illustration we see a medieval dissection: a physician, seated in a chair like a bishop’s throne and clad in a sumptuous velvet robe and cap, reads from a text by Aristotle or Galen. Below him a surgeon, the sleeves of his doublet rolled up and a long, cruel knife in his hands, cuts open the corpse of an executed criminal. 

Wellcome Collection

31st October 2018 23:00

Last Thursday we went to Wellcom Collection museum. This museum is not very big, but there are many interesting things (a range of ideas about science and medicine) in it. It reflects the experiences and interests of scientists, doctors and patients. Within the huge field of medicine this exhibition attempts to focus on only a few topics: the body, genomes, obesity and living with medical science. And the three exhibitions — Living with Building, Medicine Now, Medicine Man.

Medicine Now on the second floor is an exihibition I like. First of all, a transparent woman appeared, showing all th organs, bones and blood vessels in her body. There’s a button at the bottom that corresponds to the organ, and press it to light it up so that I can know which organ is in the right place. And the plastinated body slice with frontal cut behind her. This body wasinstitute for Plastination, Hheidelberg. Approximately 70 per cent of our bodies consist of fluids. In this exhibit vacuum processes have been used toreplace them with various plastics that only decay extremely slowly. Specimens like this, donated by the individuals, are used in medicine for research and teaching purposes.

       

I also find this series of human X-rays very interesting. X-ray examination, as a common medical diagnostic method, has been widely used in clinical practice in China, especially in the case of bone fracture. But too much exposure can also cause damage to the body.

There is a more impressive person who is obese. The body might appears to be suffering from some kind of malignancy, as in cancer. When the human body consumes more calories than it consumes, the excess heat is stored in the body in the form of fat, which exceeds the normal physiological requirement and becomes obese when it reaches a certain value. We are hard to control this physical growth and outburst actually.

 

This exhibition will enable me to understand the knowledge of human body structure, medicine and so on. And I read a book in the museum, called The Sick Rose. There are many patients about medicine and diseases. And the following paragraph is a passage from this book:

The sick rose is a beautiful gruesome and strangly faschating visual tour through disease in an age before colour photography. This stunning volume, combining detalled illustrations of afficted patlents from some of the world’s rarest medical books.

I don’t know much about diseases, so when I read the contents of this book, it is unbelievable, there are so many strange diseases in the world. Like obesity, it is difficult for them to control their condition. I like this book so much, and I think this book is very appropriate for this exhibition. (Wellcome Collection&Thames&Hudson,2015)

Bibliography:

The Sick Rose (2015). Wellcome Collection&Thames&Hudson. UK

Outcome

20th October 2018 22:28

The deadline is two days away. I probably finished my outcome, and I did it with sreenprinting. This project is about characters, and I chose the letter D, D for dance. I made many versions of D, and made of different colors of paper. Also, I tried to print in different colors. I spent almost a week at workshop, feeling a little tired doing this, but I was happy to see the final product.

I get the inspiration from a movie called ‹‹ Black Swan ››. The protagonist Nina likes dancing,she loves ballet and she is eager to get a chance to perform. The White Swan she jumps is perfect, but the Black Swan she jumps is not as good as others. So Nina practices very hard. She needs to completely release her inner depression. She escapes from her mother’s control, breaks through herself, and finally interprets perfectly from the fragile White Swan to the strong and brave Black Swan.

I mean dancing is a happy thing, but there is always sweat behind it. It takes a lot of hard work to see good results. When you stand on the stage and become the focus, and show yourself perfectly, the inner world is colorful at that moment. Not just dance, everything is like this. I hope you all have colorful moments, so I use bright colors.

These are my outcomes ↑↑↑

Snow white

20th October 2018 13:00

This Thursday we played the drama of snow white.

                   

In the middle, Snow White dragged a lovely little apple and was guarded by the prince. In front of her, two dwarfs stood for her. The last stepmother looked at Snow White with evil eyes, revealing her ferocious grip through a magic mirror (actually a whiteboard), trying to murder Snow White and make herself the most beautiful person in the world. However, Snow White was saved by the good prince. The evil stepmother did not succeed.

Can you guess which one is me? Haha… I am a dwarf with my hair covering my face. And I think it’s fun.

What did i do in workshop

20th October 2018 13:25

#1: Screenprinting

The following chart is all the steps that must be done before doing screen printing.

Screening was one of the most interesting workshops for me, because it’s easy to do and I could print in different colors by printing the patterns I wanted on the screen. When I first did it, I put the wrong primer on it and the pattern couldn’t be printed, but it took me an afternoon to do it all over again, I felt very tired. So before screening, remember every step or ask the teacher if you don’t understand. The teacher is very nice and will help you a lot.

#2: Letterpress

IGGY—It’s my name. There are different types of alphabet models in this workshop. I just chose two types of letters.First, placed them on a suction tray.Then, put them in sapcing with different sizes of EM. Finally pushed the cylinder into a printer to print them out, and allowing different textures to be done on the letters.

#3: 3D workshop

In fact, I haven’t done this workshop yet. I just had a lesson and the teacher talked a lot about how to do it and how to use different materials. I’ll do it the next time if I get a chance.

#4: Printmaking

I carved out the pattern I wanted on the paper, and then I mixed the colors and printed it. This picture on the left is the first time I printed it, I feel the color is not very good, next time I will try other color matching. The right one is printed with stencils. The stencils are colored first and then printed on the machine of the corresponding size and I set it in different directions. By the way, be careful when printing, the machine is a bit heavy.

Mimic

14th October 2018 19:54

This picture was created by Jeff Wall in 1982. At first glance, it was like taking picture in the street. But in actual fact, these tree guys are the actors who were invited by Wall.
Jeff Wall said he just observed people’s behaviors and manners when he went out,and no camera equipment. After observation, the content can be restored by setting the scene and deducing the content.

In Mimic, the imitator of the unfriendly expression looks like a tragic figure in Jeff Wall. The person in this picture can be seen in the front of the body. Behind the characters is an open ground. He uses “Cinematography” to hight the theme he wants to express.

Two outcomes sharing ideas

07th October 2018 22:10

Halfway through the project, I thought about two outcomes and talked to my classmates last Friday. I do the letter D, D for dance. I think dancing is a happy thing,and I hope people can enjoy it. Although the meaning is very shallow, but to make yourself happy with everyone is a very meaningful thing.

The first idea is inspired by reading the book ‹‹typographica››. I want to make screnprinting with D for dancing in the dark, but my classmates suggest that I do video. Well, I will consider it.

Another idea is finger dancing. I saw a video on Pinterest,and their’s fingers are very flexible. I try to do it, but it’s too hard!

Succeed in Escaping

27th September 2018 21:27

This story is about a corkscrew trying to escape to see the colorful world outside.

The story begins:

One day, the bottle opener realized that he was locked in a cabinet, and was tired of looking around in the dark all day. He stood in the bleak light and looked at his reflection, thinking he should see more of the world, so he decided to escape from the cabinet.

He knocked hard on the cabinet door while the owner was away, and the cabinet opened. He climbed all the way along the wire. Halfway up, the owner suddenly came back. The owner saw the broken cabinet door and saw him climb out.

He hurried down the wire and quickly hid in the water bottle pile, but he was a step late and caught by the owner. He was very angry, overturned the water bottle in a fit of anger, the water flowed out, and touched the wire wrap.

The electric current entered his body, slowly moving… He fell to the ground and never woke up.

His soul was floating in the air, and he saw the colorful world through the window. He finally smiled.

Impression of LCC

22nd September 2018 23:09

This is my school—LCC ↑

My first impression of LCC was the gathering of a group of thinking artists.

In these two weeks, I make some new friends, and each of them has his own style. Teachers are very friendly and professional, they make me feel an active learning atmosphere. We have many printing classes, such as screenprinting, printmaking, ect. Also, I find very nice that we can use different printing equipment.

Scrennprinting                                             
The first screenprinting i made

 

 

 

 

 

 

We can do discuss together in the group, go out to sketch, and do some lovely things.

3D workshop
Painting with light

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genarally, I can experience a lot of interesting things that I can’t experience before.