Hong Kong 1 July March 香港七一遊行

HK 1 July March (WALLPAIN7 by Vivi BONG)

One of the WALLPAIN7 Production – “Hong Kong 1 July March” ( 香港七一遊行 ) … Artwork by Vivi BONG

HK 1 July March (WALLPAIN7 by Vivi BONG)   HK 1 July March (WALLPAIN7 by Vivi BONG)

HK 1 July March (WALLPAIN7 by Vivi BONG)

Wallpaper pattern is generated by Processing (programming) and refined by Photoshop.

 “Hong Kong 1 July March” ( 香港七一遊行 ) is an annual protest rally led by the Civil Human Rights Front since the 1997 handover on the HKSAR establishment day. However, it was only in 2003 when it drew large public attention by opposing the legislation of the Basic law Article 23. The 2003 protest, with 500,000 marchers, was the largest protest ever seen in Hong Kong since the 1997 handover.[1] Prior to this, only the 21 May 1989 pro-democracy protest drew more people with 1.5 million marchers in Hong Kong sympathizing with the participants of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. The introduction of Article 23 legislation was temporarily shelved because of the protest. Since then, the 1 July marches have been held every year as a channel to demand for democracy, universal suffrage, rights of minorities, protection of freedom of speech and a variety of other political concerns. […more on Wikipedia]

HK 1 July March (WALLPAIN7 by Vivi BONG)

May 3, 2009 at 9:06 am Leave a comment

Research-theoretical Text of WALLPAIN7

City University of Hong Kong
School of Creative Media
Critical Intermedia Laboratory
Graduation Thesis, BACM, 2009

 

Research-theoretical Text of

 WALLPAIN7

Installation

by

Vivi BONG

50685035

 

https://seven7neves.wordpress.com/

 

Special thanks to adviser, Phoebe MAN

29 April 2009

This project attempts to exploring and recognizing the existence of numbers and its relation to life. Number is essential and surrounds us in our life like what a wallpaper does with a repetitive pattern. Among numbers, the signified lucky number seven is picked up as a main research target. Based on the research, related real images are generated into graphics by using programming, a pattern wallpaper installation is set up.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Life is like a pattern. All things happen in a pattern-liked structure. What we perceive is all signals that go through our vision and then interpret as a pattern. Number is the same. Number appears in our life anywhere and anytime. We use number to display the time and the date, as counting, as identity, as password assessment, etc. Number relates to all aspects in our life thoroughly. Pick out number 7 to develop this project because it is a magic number that applies in many aspects for instance in religion, science, mythology, culture, history and so on. So it makes me interested in figuring its secret out. Through the Wallpain7, installed as wallpaper, I want to express the idea of being surrounded by numbers, like a wall; at the same time, to let people know more about the magic number 7.

 

1 BACKGROUND

The project is entitled as Wallpain7《遊七圖牆》. It is a research-based installation work which is site-specific to wall. The final product is a wallpaper and which is installed on the wall for display.

The purpose of this project is to rethink the existence of numbers in our life through a mild action. By using graphical visualization, to create a new sign and duplicate it as a pattern, a wallpaper was produced. Wallpaper, usually no one look at it in detail, is always skipped from our vision or just has a general idea of what its pattern is. What exactly the component of the pattern is? It is rarely known. Put the number 7 graphics on wall as components of the pattern aims at similar approach. Numbers is always beside us, however it is taken for granted that no one would realize how it works and exists. Number 7 is a number that people always used because of their own favours. Many people are fond of number 7 as it is a lucky number to them, especially for the western people. But why? It is the query that I want to know.

 

2 MOTIVES

This project is to fulfill my personal fondness. Why? First of all, what is the inspiration of doing this project? One day, I had forgotten about my login password on the Internet. Suddenly, it stimulated my thought about “numbers”. I started to think why there is existence of number. Numbers apply to our life totally. Number is on our ID card, is the date of birth, the student number, the phone number, the money, the ranking, the IP address, the password, etc. Most of our identity are applied with numbers. How come? Without numbers, what will be the world? It is a hard question and I think no one can answer it definitely. Then I started to think about the power, the fun and the secret about numbers. Furthermore, I also thought of the relationship between superstition of number and symbolism. For example, the Chinese people think that number 8 is auspicious and number 4 is inauspicious. For me, at first moment, I think of number 7.

Why do I choose number 7 but not others? It is due to my subconscious thinking deeply on my mind. It is mystical that number 7 is always on my mind. Number 7 is not my lucky number, but every time I was asked to pick a number from 0 to 9, I would choose 7. When I see an athlete who wears a number 7 coat, I would feel appreciated with no reason. Therefore, I want to know more about number 7. Why do I like it so much? I began to search information about it on the Internet. I found that number 7 is a magic number that I have never known. I also found that number 7 appears on many aspects, it relates to the science, technology, religion, literature, psychology, mythology and many other fields. I feel very interested and curious on it. What a mystery number! So I decide to do a project on it.

Another motive is to reflex the boring routine life. I found that the using of numbers repeat and repeat everyday in our life. I wake up at a fixed time in the morning, log into the computer with same passwords everyday, pay same amount of travel fee everyday, etc. Everyday we deal with numbers in a routine way.

 

3 CREATIVE CONCEPTS

Wallpain7 is a wallpaper installation which based on the research on number 7. From the research, it is found that number 7 is a magic number that appears in all aspects, in culture, religion, science, mythology, history, psychology, literature, etc. For example, there are Seven days of Creation, Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Virtues in Christianity. The 777 jackpot of a slot machine, the seven colours of rainbow, Seven Wonders of the World, 7 as a lucky number, etc. Many historical events, wars, disasters or big affairs are related to number 7 too. Number 7 is fully applied in both Asian and Western culture. It is not only a signifier but its signified affects the people mind too, that is the meaning behind number 7.

Some people like number 7 subconsciously, to them, it is a lucky sign. Therefore it is put in priority in use. From time to time, the experience and habit turn it into a significant signature. It spreads out from one to one also. It becomes not one self’s fondness but a group of likes. This is just like a pattern. Duplication of fondness. At last, superstition of number is formed.

Numbers can be classified as text and sign. In this project, I would like to concentrate to the sign part. In semiotics, sign is very important. the Swiss linguist, Ferdinand de Saussure stated that a sign is a combination of two parts, signifier and signified. Signifier is the sound image, while signified is the concept. A signifier can lead to many different association of signified. For instance, when we say seven(signifier), it can be signified as a number, a brand name, an adjective, a movie name, etc. The same signifier can have different signified. That’s why number 7 can be developed in such a magical way that to become a significant number in life. In Chinese, numbers are signified in many ways but the most usual way is by pronunciation. Like number 4 (四, pinyin: ) is considered as unlucky in Chinese, Korean, Japanese cultures because it is a homonym with the word ‘death’ (死, pinyin: sǐ ). It applies similar to Cantonese people too. While number 8 (八, pinyin: bā) is considered as lucky because of its sound which similar to word that means ‘prosper’ or ‘wealth’. Similarly, number 7 can be seen as a lucky number in Chinese which symbolizes ‘togetherness’ or ‘arise’. Yet in Cantonese, it is a vulgar word for penis. So the sound of a sign is really important for its concept. This also explain why people believe in superstition on number.

Using real image as component of the graphic generation since it is seldom seen in wallpaper. Usually wallpaper is just plain graphic. Why not use the number 7 itself? It is because I would like to use “signified (concept)” of number 7 rather than its signifier. It would be much more fruitful. In the programming part, I used number 7 as the code which deal with numbers too. For each wallpaper, it stands for one event, such as the Seven Deadly Sins, then I chose 7 images that related to it. The seven images are then rotated and translated according to the program and formed different graphics at last.

 

4 METHODOLOGIES

(1)    This is a research-based project, so research was being the first and long-term thing that I have been doing.
(2)    Then the second thing was to figure out the research, anything special that can be further developed. Finally I chose to do Wallpain7.

(3)    Afterwards, I found out all images that related to the number 7 and refined them by Photoshop.
(4)    Then I wrote a program by Processing in order to generate graphics by using of those images. The generated graphic is a component of the pattern. It was refined in Photoshop and then duplicated as a pattern to be a wallpaper at last.

 

5 DIFFICULTIES

Before doing the project, I knew nothing about number 7. Then I started to explore it out from the web. Then I found that there are a lot of posts and articles talking about number 7. It is out of my expectation. Many people have listed out the things that related to the magical number 7. Thanks to the web, I have found such adequate information about number 7. Afterwards, I rearranged the information and managed it into categories like 7 in religion, in culture, in science, etc. It is the first difficulty that I faced as it was not easy to set the category and classification was not easy to make too.

Undoubtedly. it was very successful to have such a lot of information but what to be used for my project is was another difficulty. From the research, it was found that although there are a lot of things about number 7, however, most of them are neutral factors. I got difficulty to think out a final idea. Therefore I changed my idea three times. For the first idea of doing a photographic generative book, I had the difficulty of relating the photos, rules of play and writing with the research that I had done. Same difficulty happened on idea 2. The most difficult part was how to present the research out with a good idea. This was also the most time-consuming part but finally I found out a way to solve the problem by doing installation instead of book.

 

6 CHANGES

At first, I would like to do a book as my project. A book of number 7. Initially I wanted to set 7 rules for taking photos and then randomly choose 7 photos from each set and write a passage of it. The purpose was to play on rule-based work. It was just to fulfill my fondness of photography and writing. Yet, the total thing did not include my research and writing seemed not suitable for my project. The impact was not good enough. So I canceled the writing part but keep doing a photographic generative book idea. But it was not satisfied much. Therefore I change to second idea which is an installation called “Tangraph”. It is inspirited from the Tangram game. It is a little bit related to my research because Tangram contains seven pieces also. Similarly, I set 7 rules for taking photos, but this time I cut all the photos into seven pieces like a tangram. Then made use of them to rearrange the pieces into new shape .The purpose of this is to play on the medium of image and self-destructive based work. But it is not really related to my research also. It is somehow a waste if I cannot make use of my research to do the artwork. So I changed to the third idea which is also my final idea, Wallpain7. This time I could make use of the research to develop the artwork. From all these changes, I found that it is not easy to develop a good idea even though there is a good start. It is not as easy as I thought. Without trial and error, it would not be good enough. For my topic, number 7 is really a neutral factor that is very difficult for me to think out a suitable idea. I have never had this difficulty before. Lack of ideas made me feel frustrated and lost the direction. So what I have learnt is ’try’ whenever you face any difficulty. When an idea is ready, try it at once to see if it can be further developed or not.

 

7 REFERENCES:

Books:
Richard Phillips. Numbers: Facts, Figures and Fiction, UK, Badsey Publications (2006)

張莉莉,《視覺符號完全手冊》, 上海書店出版社(2008)

Catherine Grenier. Annette messager,, France, Flammarion (2001)

Website:

Cassandra C. Jones Installation:

http://cassandrac.googlepages.com/installation2

Yuk King Tan Installation:

http://www.suecrockford.com/artists/images.asp?aid=41

Seven Magazine

http://www.sevenmagazine.org/

Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org

Wallpain7 Blog : (on-going project)

https://seven7neves.wordpress.com/

May 2, 2009 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

Research-theorectical Text Draft

City University of Hong Kong
School of Creative Media
Critical Intermedia Laboratory
Graduation Thesis, BACM, 2009

Research-theoretical Text Draft of

 [ 遊七圖牆 ]
( Wallpain7 )

Installation

 by

Vivi BONG
50685035

https://seven7neves.wordpress.com/

Special thanks to adviser, Phoebe MAN

 2 April 2009

 

KEYWORDS:

numbers, 7(seven), lucky 7, unlucky 7, wallpaper, pattern, image, graphic, text, collage, processing, generate, code, photoshop, wall, surrounding, space, beauty, decorative, sign, site-specific, symbolic, repetition, art deco, addition, image, signified, signifier, life, semiotics, concept, co-incidence, magic

 

All around us are facts that are related to one another. Of course, they can be regarded as separate entities and learned that way. But what a difference it makes when we see them as a pattern! . . . They begin to make sense. The world becomes a more comprehensible place.

Murray Gell-Mann (1929-), American physicist.

  

ARTIST STATEMENT

Life is like a pattern. All things happen in a pattern-liked structure. What we perceive is all signals that go through our vision and then interpret as a pattern. Number is the same. Number appears in our life anywhere and anytime. We use number to display the time, the date, use number as counting, as identity, as password assessment, etc. Number relates to all aspects in our life thoroughly. Pick out number 7 to develop this project because it is a magic number that makes me interested to figure out the secret of it. Through the Wallpain7, as wallpaper, to express the idea of being surrounded by numbers, like a wall.

 

MOTIVE

This is a project that fulfils my personal fondness. Why? First of all, what is the inspiration of doing this project? One day, I had forgotten about my login password on the Internet. Suddenly, it stimulated my thought about “numbers”. I started to think why there is existence of number. Numbers apply to our life totally. Number is on our ID card, is the date of birth, the student number, the phone number, the money, the ranking, the IP address, the password, etc. Most of our identity are applied with numbers. How come? Without numbers, what will be the world? It is a hard question and I think no one can answer it definitely. Then I started to think about the power, the fun and the secret about numbers. At first moment, I think of number 7.

Why do I choose number 7 but not others? It is due to my subconscious thinking deeply on my mind. It is mystical that number 7 is always on my mind. Number 7 is not my lucky number, but every time I was asked to pick  a number from 0 to 9, I would choose 7. When I see an athlete who wears a number 7 coat, I would feel appreciated with no reason. Therefore, I want to know more about number 7. Why do I like it so much? I began to search information about it on the Internet. I found that number 7 is a magic number that I have never known. I also found that number 7 appears on many aspects, it relates to the science, technology, religion, literature, psychology, mythology and many other fields. I feel very interested and curious on it. What a mystery number! So I decide to do a project on it.


BACKGROUND

The project is entitled as Wallpain7遊七圖牆. It is a research-based installation work which is site-specific to wall. The final product is wallpaper and which will be installed on the wall for display. 

The purpose of this project is to rethink the existence of numbers in our life through a mild action. By using graphical visualization, to create a new sign and duplicate it as a pattern, a wallpaper is produced. Wallpaper, usually no one look at it in detail, it is always skipped from our vision or just have a general idea of what its pattern is. What exactly the component of the pattern is? It is rarely to be known. Put the number 7 graphic on wall as components of the pattern aims at similar approach. Numbers are always besides us, however it is taken for granted that no one would realize how it works and exists. Number 7 is a number that people always use because of their own favour. Many people are fond of number 7 as it is a lucky number to them. But why? It is the query that I want to know.

 

CREATIVE CONCEPT

Wallpain7 is a wallpaper installation which based on the research on number 7. From the research, it is found that number 7 is a magic number that appears in all aspects, in culture, religion, science, mythology, history, psychology, literature, etc. For example, there are Seven days of Creation, Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Virtues in Christianity. The 777 jackpot of a slot machine, the seven colours of rainbow, Seven Wonders of the World, 7 as a lucky number, etc. Many historical events, wars, disasters or big affairs are related to number 7 too. Number 7 is fully applied in both Asian and Western culture. It is not only a signifier but its signified affects the people mind too, that is the meaning behind number 7.

Some people like number 7 subconsciously, to them, it is a lucky sign. Therefore it is put in priority in use. From time to time, the experience and habit turn it into a significant signature. It spreads out from one to one also. It becomes not one self’s fondness but a group of likes. This is just like a pattern. Duplication of fondness.

Numbers can be classified as text and sign. In this project, I would like to concentrate to the sign part. In semiotics, sign is very important. the Swiss linguist, Ferdinand de Saussure stated that a sign is a combination of two parts, signifier and signified. Signifier is the sound image, while signified is the concept. A signifier can lead to many different association of signified. For instance, when we say seven(signifier), it can be signified as a number, a brand name, an adjective, a movie name, etc. The same signifier can have different signified. That’s why number 7 can be developed in such a magical way that to become a significant number in life.

Using real image as component of the graphic generation since it is seldom seen in wallpaper. Usually wallpaper is just plain graphic. Why not use the number 7 itself? It is because I would like to use “signified (concept)” of number 7 rather than its signifier. It would be much more fruitful.

 

METHODOLOGY

This is a research-based project, so research is the first and long-term thing that I done. Then the second thing is to figure out the research, anything special that can be further developed. Finally I choose to do Wallpain7. 

Then, What I need to do is to find images that related to the number 7. Then I write a program by processing in order to generate graphics by using of those images. The generated graphic is a component of the pattern. It is refined in Photoshop and then duplicated as a pattern to be a wallpaper at last.

 

DIFFICULTY

Before doing the project, I know nothing about number 7. Then I started to explore it out from the web. Then I found that there are a lot of posts and article talking about number 7. It is out of my expectation. Many people have listed out the things that related to the magical number 7. Thanks to the web, I have found such adequate information about number 7. Afterwards, I rearranged the information and managed it into categories like 7 in religion, in culture, in science, etc. It is very successful to have such a lot of information but the difficult part is what to be used as my project? From the research, it is found that although there are a lot of thing about number 7, however, most of them are neutral factor. I got difficulty to think out a final idea. Therefore I changed my idea three times.

 

CHANGE

At first, I would like to do a book as my project. A book of number 7. Initially I want to set 7 rules for taking photos and then randomly choose 7 pphotos from each set and write a passage of it. The purpose is to play on rule-based work. It is just to fulfill my fondness of photography and writing. Yet, the total thing doesn’t include my research and book seems not a suitable media for my project. The impact is not good enough. So I change to second idea which is an installation called “Tangraph”. It is inspirited from the Tangram game. It is a little bit related to my research because Tangram contains seven pieces also. Similarly, I set 7 rules for taking photos, but this time I cut all the photos into seven pieces like a tangram. Then make se of them to rearrange the pieces into new shape .The purpose of this is to play on the medium of image and self-destructive based work. But it is not really related to my research also. It is somehow a waste if I cannot make use of my research to do the artwork. So I change to the third idea which is also my final idea, Wallpain7. This time I can make use of the research to develop the artwork. From all these changes, I found that it is not easy to develop a good idea even though there is a good start. It is not as easy as I thought. Without trial and error, it won’t be good enough. For my topic, number 7 is really a nuetral factor that is very difficult for me to think out a suitable idea. I have never have this difficulty before. Lack of ideas makes me feel frustrated and lost the direction. So what I have learnt is try whenever you face any difficulty. When think out an idea, try it at once to see if it can be further developed or not.

 

REFERENCE:

Books:
Richard Phillips. Numbers: Facts, Figures and Fiction, UK, Badsey Publications (2006)

張莉莉,《視覺符號完全手冊》, 上海書店出版社(2008)
Catherine Grenier. Annette messager,, France, Flammarion (2001) 

Website:

Cassandra C. Jones Installation:
http://cassandrac.googlepages.com/installation2

Yuk King Tan Installation:
http://www.suecrockford.com/artists/images.asp?aid=41 

Wallpain7 Blog : (on-going project)
https://seven7neves.wordpress.com/

 

April 7, 2009 at 6:25 am Leave a comment

Seven Mobile Email Services Provider

 

Logo of Seven

Logo of Seven

There is a mobile services provider in Hong Kong called 3(Three).

Yet, there is a mobile email services provider called SEVEN, which provides services all over  the world.  It is useful for business people.

Further information here:
http://www.seven.com

April 2, 2009 at 5:42 pm Leave a comment

Seven Bank

 

Seven Bank Logo

Seven Bank Logo

 

Do you know that there is an ATM in all branches of 7-Eleven in Japan?

Yes, it is real. It is called Seven Bank ATM.

You may check it here: 
http://www.sevenbank.co.jp/intlcard/index2.html

April 2, 2009 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

7 in Life (4)

seven

oldsevensister

Old Seven Sisters in Oil Industry

newsevensisters

New Seven Sisters in Oil Industry

7

seven_up_box

SevenUp Candy

seven_up_wrapper

seven_pounds

Movie:  Seven Pounds (2009)

cj7

Movie:  CJ7 (2007)

cape7

Movie:  Cape No.7 (2008)

7meiyan

keyboard

7poker7o'clock

pimage_671

March 28, 2009 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Cassandra C. Jones Installation

This is a good reference that is exactly what I want to do in my project.

 

Installation: Good Cheer Wallpaper(2005)

Installation: Good Cheer Wallpaper(2005)

cheer wallpaper

 

Installation: Rara Avis Wallpaper (2007)

Installation: Rara Avis Wallpaper (2007)

rara avis

for more details, please visitCassandra’s website:
http://cassandrac.googlepages.com/installation2

March 28, 2009 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

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