As some of you reading this may know, one’s final year at Emily Carr brings with it more than just the prospects of leaving school and joining the “real world”. It also includes the Grad Project: the final project of Emily Carr graduates, encompassing all the students have learned during their 4 years at school, and displayed in the annual Graduation Exhibition at the end of the school year. The ISMA 410 students are no exception to this, and they are currently working hard to complete their grad projects, and thus conclude their time as a student at Emily Carr. Every project created is as unique as the student themselves, so how about we let them speak about it themselves in a sneak preview of their work.
Car Mate by Andy Chueh
Car Mate is a mobile app that combines every dashboard devices into one, focusing on reducing levels of distractions and limitation of view while driving. Containing information on speed, temperature, fuel efficiency, navigation, in addition to being a music player, and having an automobile forum, Car Mate is the best mate on the go.
Mannequin by Melody Copeman
Mannequin is a performance character that both displays and inspires viewers to question to role of social media in the shaping, manipulating and influencing of identity. Social media’s influence over live interactions inspired the concept of manipulation and resulted in users being able to control Mannequin’s actions through twitter comments.
Read Tech by Kent Hu
Read Tech is an installation artwork that represents an e-book experience in comparison to a traditional book experience, questioning the role of new technology in changing human behaviour in the age of postmodernity. The readers choose between reading the iPad or books. The space is arranged as a reading room that creates intimacy between viewers and the installation.
This project is about the lack of human social connection in public spaces. With this urban intervention this project aims to raise awareness about the lack of presence and connection in public transit due to the frequent use of hybrid devices such as cell phones and ipods. It aims to promote basic human interactions like eye contact that have been pushed aside in cities like Vancouver. It also comments on how basic signs should start to change in order to stay updated with the constantly changing problems of our modern world.
Qi Lolita by Amanda Teoh
Taking inspiration from my culture, language of flowers, and my interest in the popular Japanese street fashion, Lolita, I will be designing a small line of clothing. Through these series of works I will be embracing and combining, not only the work that I have created during my time at Emily Carr, but what truly represents me as an artist.
Expressed Kiss by Sarah Wong
Expressed kiss is an installation that focuses on changes in meaning through mistranslation, using recontextualized objects, visuals, and sound. Influenced by clichéd feminine-oriented (fantasy, beauty, romance, and cute) mass-produced merchandise, the project’s intention is to create a seductive space that is detached from a retail context yet retains some recognizable elements to the viewer.
If you wish to hear more about these projects, or see the final works, do not miss the Graduation Exhibition, opening on May 4th 2014 at Emily Carr University.