Next in our Classroom series is Yuen Hsieh from Taiwan. He is currently studying Visual Communication in his second year at the Royal College of Art.
WHAT INSPIRED THE MEMORY CAPSULE AND DYSLEXIA PROJECTS?
Memory Capsule is inspired by a suitcase from my father. It has been collecting his own memories for 30 years – such as records, photographs and letters. Most of the people in our generation keep their memories or objects digitally. The way we experience objects will shape a future that includes people of all ages and abilities.
The Dyslexia Project began when we went to an elementary school to meet with dyslexia students and had a chat with them about the education in school. It turns out that they don’t like being defined as dyslexic. After that we decided to create a drawing machine which allows the children to work together to finish their painting and eventually show it in the Royal College of Art.
WHAT SORT OF RESEARCH DO YOU DO PRIOR TO SHOOTING?
I will usually spend my day hunting for locations and recording sounds. Then I start to make them into a storybook.
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK?
I’m inspired by everyday life. For instance, when we search something on the internet, it knows our preferences. We are then introduced to products through targeted advertising via social networking. So I’m thinking, what if we can pay advertising tax to filter unwanted advertising?
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST COLLABORATION SO FAR?
My Final Project at the Royal College of Art is a short film about the “BODY COPYRIGHT”.
According to Wikipedia, “copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. Generally, it is “the right to copy”, but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, who may perform the work, who may financially benefit from it.”
People might need to pay you COPYRIGHT TAX when someone looks similar to you once your BODY COPYRIGHT application is complete.What kind of world would this be? I had a lot of support from my friends. This is my first film that involved so many people helping to make it happen.
LASTLY FOR A BIT OF FUN, WHATS YOUR STUDENT SURVIVAL TIP?
Enjoy and be yourself.