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2021
Book Publication

Architects are used to designing visually. This book explores the interactions between sound and hearing, space and architecture.

Sound adds the book to another dimension.

The structure of the book explores an order of magnitude from the intimate scale of the ear to the architectural scale of the environments. At the same time, it provides the reader with a framework of understanding how sound in space is deeply intertwined.

︎ Special thanks to advisor Brad Bartlett.


2021
Identity Rebrand

Sound Studies Lab invites young and experienced scholars and artists to work on the sonic sensory aspects of individual lives and in heterogenuous societies, cultures and historical eras. The projects at the lab operate in mobile, experiential and field-based research environments. The basic research strategies of the lab are therefore field research, critical analysis and the production of sonic artifacts.

The superscript “S” in the logomark echoes the shift of sound in the Doppler Effect visually. Additionally, it indicates the scientific and mathematical side of the lab.

︎ Special thanks to advisor Brad Bartlett.


2021
Generative Design

The “Composers as Gardeners” project is a demonstration of how audiences explore while they position themselves as (1) architects (Iannis Xenakis), (2) gardeners (Brian Eno). Brian Eno argued that composers are more frequently ‘gardeners’ than ‘architects,’ while Iannis Xenakis had some thoughts and mathematics in composition.

︎ Special thanks to advisor Roy Tatum.


2020
Museum Rebrand

“We seek not to become a center of the art world, but a place where a centering can occur.”

DIA is a constellation of sites, with many of its major projects sited outside the museum or gallery. The gallery space itself is vast, allowing monumental works to be housed with ample space. The walls fade away, the senses are heightened, and time flows more slowly at DIA, allowing for an unhurried visit, free of sensorial distractions.

︎ Special thanks to advisor Brad Bartlett.


2020
Transmedia Installation

This is an outdoor installation at DIA:BEACON, which is a museum located in New York. DIA:BEACON focuses on work by a group of land artists. Their art examines the relationship between tangible sculptures and intangible natural forces, such as sunlight. Land art is best suited to help us contemplate our complicated relationship with nature.

The sun is the most powerful projector in the world. This installation is activated using only natural forces to create provocative text, which moves and transforms based on the position of the sun. For a small window of time, the abstract reflections come together to reveal a word—“center”. The experience celebrates the moments of those letters coming together and breaking apart, which indicated decentering.

︎ Special thanks to advisor Miles Mazzie and advisor Ivan Cruz.



“Explore the outdoors, respect for nature.”

The mission of California State Parks is to encourage the public’s engagement nature with California’s stunning biological and environmental diversity. The concept asserts that we should be respectful of nature while we are visitors in the parks, especially for those engaged in backcountry sports.

The logo mark design is inspired by several elements in California State Parks, including the road, forest, river, and arrowhead. I believe this identity system appropriately indicates the fusion of human, animal, and natural environment.

︎ Special thanks to advisor Gerardo Herrera.


2019
Transmedia Installation

The installation is inspired by animals’ views. It provides opportunities for Californians to see differently in California State Parks and reveals the patterns in nature. Visitors can get the kaleidoscope with an entry pass and a map while they enter the visitor center the State Park.

︎ Special thanks to advisor Miles Mazzie.


2019
Book Publication

What is time? When was the last time you felt time’s existence, pressure or even oppression? Time is untouchable. We surely know what we mean when we speak of it, and we also know that what is meant when we hear someone else speaking of it. What then is time?

Everyone is to some extent struck by time somehow as it is inseparable from our daily life. Some times we may feel we merely passing the time, and we feel lost time since we cannot catch it. Some times time restrict and limit us in some ways.

This exhibition catalog captures the notion of how time is expressed through varying forms and features the artwork of six artists: Tehching Hsieh, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Robert Smithson, Olafur Eliasson, On Kawara, Christian Marclay. Accompanied by their work are thorough explanations of the artworks and their relationship with time. Some artists are heavily influenced by time and dedicate their life to the creation of artworks to express time. The narrative of this exhibition catalog will undoubtedly lead to a deeper understanding of time and the shape of time.

︎ Special thanks to advisor Alex Xavier Cerrilla.


2019
Transmedia Installation

The installation is inspired by a sandglass. It provides a brief overview of the artists, their works, and the subject.

︎ Special thanks to advisor Miles Mazzie.


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