PROJECT 5 RJ

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03 . 11 . 2014


When looking at the quote we got, we immediately started thinking about the relation between the question and the answer, and its hierarchy.
Relating the project with the given quote, we came to the conclusion that the answer is what's expected when a question is made. This said, it loses the importance that a dual relationship should provide to each one of its elements.


What we want to make clear is that, usually, the question is invisible and if we look closely the question is always born out of the shape of the question, this is, how its is made.

With this in mind, we started thinking about the emotions and reactions a person would have if the question had no answer: anger and confusion in most of the cases.

We thought about doing a sound installation with speakers all over the room with a monologue (of questions?) playing unsynchronized. Besides people are expecting to see something in that room, they would become confuse and anxious to know exactly where the sound was coming from.

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03 . 11 . 2014

 

The quote me and Eva got was “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers”, by Voltaire. 

As we received this, we started thinking deeper about the meaning of it.

We focused on the relationship between the question and the answer, and how are they balanced.

We came to the conclusion that when a question is made, we immediately forget it, as we are so obsessed to get the answer. Between the two parts, the answer has more weight than the question. Consequently, the question becomes invisible since the moment it is made. 

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04 . 11 . 2014


During the tutorial, we were advised to rethink about the location of the mirrors. 

If we used them on the canal, near King’s Cross, we would have no control over the direction they would take, and eventually we could lose them.

This said, we decided to actually put them in a fountain, where we would get, in one hand, more interaction with the public- as it’s placed at a closer distance- and also the first problem would be resolved, as we could decide how the mirrors could be placed. 

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Another thing Rob made us aware was about the floating and the weight of the mirrors on the water. If we went for regular mirrors, it was probable that they didn’t float. 

After a few tests with regular mirrors on the water, we realized that it was better if we tried to find any other kind of mirrors, a bit lighter.

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From our initial idea, we decided to take another direction for the project. Instead of placing the mirrors on the water, and handle people the choice of looking or not, we decided to look for the people and ask them personally. 
By taking this decision, we thought that we would get more feedback and with that, our final outcome would be more consistent. 

Adding to this, we wanted that people to embrace the fact that they were seeing themselves in the question they were answering. So, when approaching the person, we would have to make sure that the mirror was in front of his or her face. 

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05 . 11 . 2014


When we finished collecting answers, we found out that from the four we had, people chose “What’s your biggest fear?” the most. 

I found it interesting because I never expected that people would want to respond to that particular question, as it is, in a way, an intimate and negative. matter. 

As this happened, I may be forced to think that people have a big urge to vent about the things which preoccupy them, even more that ‘celebrating’ what they want to achieve or rewind and think about what was the happiest moment of their lives. 

 

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06 . 11 . 2014


With the project finished, I had an opportunity to look at other people's work more carefully. 
Even though all the projects were really different from each others, I realized that many of us used Project 5 as a survey, and not as an interactive piece. I understand it's easier to ask questions rather than expecting people to actually make something, but most of us didn't take it as it was intended, in the end.

I include my project in this cases. In the end, we looked at it as a survey. This led our group to forget about the physical outcome, and thinking about factual matters.

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As I wasn't happy about the final outcome, I started thinking of ways I could turn it around. If what we got was almost like a survey, and being us Graphic Design students, we thought about making a series of posters with the answers we got, along with the respective questions.

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