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Object-Mediated Interaction

2021 June


Exhibition at:

Matters of Care: Can design unite us?

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martin (United Kingdom)


Cooperate with:

Köln International School of Design (Germany)

Shih Chien University - College of Design (Taiwan)

LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore)

Group Member:

Wang Hui(CN) / Reona Oka(JP) 

When we meet each other for the first time, we need to make a simple self-introduction. A self-introduction usually includes introducing our name, place of birth, hobbies, etc. Introducing our name is to let others know how to call ourself, and introducing our hobbies is to let others understand our own personality and interests. But have you ever wondered why we want to introduce our birthplace?

We are taught that we cannot judge others by their birthplace, Nationality, or even race. But if we only tell others the name of your birthplace when we introduce yourself. This means that we allow others to use his impression of this place to judge us. If we use Pierce's semiotic theory to analyze this phenomenon, we will find that birthplace no longer simply refers to a geographic location, but becomes a "Sign". This can explain why people from big cities can confidently say their place of birth, but people from rural areas feel unconfident about their hometown.This phenomenon is becoming more and more obvious in the context of globalization.


We have designed an interactive product. Allow users to select a graphic, a color and enter a set of numbers by sliding the screen to introduce their birthplace. When people from different regions can use this limited set of graphics and colors to introduce their hometown, they can unexpectedly discover the common ground between different regions. And the box with a certain weight also hints to people: everyone's hometown has its own value!


So, from now on, let’s try this new way to introduce our birthplace!

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