For our first Creative Elements project we were given the task of creating a world. When our group sat down and talked about it we realised very soon how broad a topic it was going to be, there is so much you could do that it left me wondering where I should even start. Our group decided that we would do a good bit of research so that we are able to get some direction to our ideas.
When I first heard the topic what sprung immediately to my mind was “Laputa: Castle in the Sky” which is a 1986 film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and is the first film created and released by Studio Ghibli. I thought of Laputa as it is a floating castle in the sky, concealed in the swirling clouds of a violent thunderstorm.
I then looked at the Walking City which is a slowly evolving video sculpture. The language of materials and patterns seen in radical architecture transform as the nomadic city walks endlessly, adapting to the environments she encounters.
The video of the Walking City made me think back to Laputa, remembering that it has robot guardians that would take care of the maintenance of the castle gardens and wildlife. What if the world was actually a robot and people lived in them and the robot is able to adapt to the environments they encounter on their journey like the walking city.
When I was researching more on the topic I remembered a Gorillaz song called “On Melancholy Hill” and how it showed the Gorillaz living in Plastic Beach which was created after various discarded items floated in the ocean and stuck to one another to conglomerate into one large landmass in the Pacific, held together by “a sticky gloop of oil and tar from a million of untold disasters”. This made me think, what if there was a world that was made because of the waste that we throw away and not recycled, maybe it could be inhabited by little gremlin type creatures.
It has begun! I am so over the moon that I got into animation but my anxiety has been going crazy, not going to lie its a struggle but I am pushing myself and have been really enjoying animation so far, especially meeting the rest of the class who are all so very nice. We got to go to workshops which was really interesting to see the other courses, we got to have a picnic with the rest of the first year which was a great way to get to know everyone and not to mention the zoo trip that we got to go on and do some live drawings of the animals which was such a great way to start of going to university.
In the first week of classes we joined all the years and were put into groups so that we had 2 from each year and we would work together on a project. I felt this was a great way for me to see how work was done in this course and a great way to get advice from the older years.
For this project we had free reign to choose anything so we first bounced ideas off each other on what problems we have in the world today, this ranged from world hunger, everyday situations or the extinction of animals.
We homed in toward everyday problems and came to the thought of autistic children that struggle in day to day activities such as interaction and started coming up with some concept designs. We started to think along the lines of a little robot companion toy that would be able to be used as a medicine storage place as well as it being able to answer questions like how Apple has on the iPhone ‘Siri’.
I started researching about different toys that would be similar to what we were looking for so I started with searching about what toys would be suitable for children with autism and I found this website that was extremely helpful: http://www.autism.org.uk/living-with-autism/at-home/toys-and-leisure.aspx
This was our final product: