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Reflection S3449221 – Chris Worsley

Antonio Bandaras cannot act and “The 13th Warrior” is a terrible movie.  Soumirti recommended we watched it, as it would give us some insight into story Ibn Fadlan.  His story, on the other hand was in amazing and it was something I knew nothing off before this class and I feel like that is just a really small example of the amount of interesting ideas and knowledge I gained from ChangeAAA.

 

I don’t feel I’m an activist just yet, but the seed has been planted. My ideals are stronger for it and I feel I have an opinion when it comes to politics and social issues now and I’m confident enough to speak about it when anyone will listen.

 

Antonio Bandaras cannot act and “The 13th Warrior” is a terrible movie.  Soumirti recommended we watched it, as it would give us some insight into story Ibn Fadlan.  His story, on the other hand was in amazing and it was something I knew nothing off before this class and I feel like that is just a really small example of the amount of interesting ideas and knowledge I gained from ChangeAAA.

 

I don’t feel I’m an activist just yet, but the seed has been planted. My ideals are stronger for it and I feel I have a opinion when it comes to politics and social issues now and I’m confident enough to speak about it when anyone will listen.

 

My use of twitter is actually, pretty heavy now and feel like it has become preferred to me over facebook and its relentless feed of baby photos and food posts.  Short, concise and opinoned.  Its actually very insightful and an excellent research tool.

 

Both Liam and Soumitri as well as my classmates introduce me to a massive range of really new ideas and concepts over the semester and I really feel like my approach to industrial design has changed as a result of that.  I am now mindful of the many results of my decisions when designing and more thought-out with regards to my approach when starting the design process.

 

I found the class challenging and enjoyable. My writing is not the best and I think this class helped my to form more articulate and thought-out opinions as well as provide conviction of my opinion of large topics, that previously I would have shy’d away from.

 

Thanks

S3449221

Chris Worsley

 

 

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How to turn your local set of Traffic Lights into a 30 Sec Dance Party! (S3449221 CHRIS WORSLEY)

A Field Manual For Change by Chris Worsley

How to turn your local set of Traffic Lights into a 30 Second Dance Party!

 

Bored of your local traffic light just dictating to you when you can cross the street?
Wish there was better way to share your interest in pop music with your friends?
Can’t find the time to learn the forbidden dance aka ‘the Lambada?’

Hi there! Well you’ve taken the first steps to making this a reality.   Your very own Dance Party at your local traffic lights is but a few task’s away.  By reading this manual for change, you’ll find insight into the world of everyday objects and the relationship we share with them, the way in which our perspective towards everyday objects can affect us and the community as a whole and how empathy for these objects should be shared.   And what better way to do it than through humor.

Its no laughing matter though, While it’s also important that we realize how experimentation and re-appropriation of objects helps us to discover the potential of the items around us, as well as encourages creativity and ingenuity within the community.    It is also a great way of communicating an idea or message and changing people’s perception something that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Traffic lights are publicly shared object.  The reason why we have chosen this as an object requiring change is that it will communicate to others our message more effectively and quickly, to more people in a shorter amount of time. It will inspire and encourage other to effect their surroundings in a positive way, I hope.

Through this exercise you will see just how easy it is to turn a regular, everyday item into a interactive dance partner.  It’s as easy as following the below steps!

You will need the following.
1 x MP3 player/Ipod with remote control, Fully Charged.
1 x Plastic Bag
20 x Cable ties.
1 x Ladder
2 x Hi Vis Safety Vest
3 x Witches Hats
1 x Can of white enamel spray paint
2 x Stencils (1 x Left and 1 x Right foot)
1 x “Out of Order” Sign
1 x Think Cardboard 50cm X 50 cm
1 x Pencil
1 X Stanley knife.

Friendly tip No.1. Do you know the design hub has an A3 printer which you can use fro free!! With the help of your friendly RMIT student,

Optional Items
-Disco Ball
-Laser Beams
-Smoke Machine

Preparation.

 

  1. Once you have purchase or obtained the items from the list above, Chose the set of street lights you wish to turn change into a futuristic 30 ball of disco ‘amazingness’ and perform your civic duty upon.  I suggest perhaps not utilizing the closest set of lights to your house as you may bump into neighbors or people you know during the set-up.
  2. You’ll need a look out. Convince a friend to help you out, perhaps someone who owes you a favor or someone who shares your point of view on the current state of empathy towards everyday objects.
  3. Stand on the piece of thin cardboard.  With your pencil trace around the outside of each foot.  Then using the Stanley knife, cut the outline you have just made. You now have your stencil.
  4. Pick your favorite musical artist.  If you struggling to think of one, below is a list of suggestions.

Prince – 1999
Slayer – Walk
Grandmaster Flash – White lines

Install

Organize a relatively quiet time to install. Peak times might make this awkward, so suggest either the mid morning 10am-11am or late evening. Midday to 3am.

 

  1. Place the witches Hats down surrounding the Traffic light around 1m in distance from the light pole base.
  2. Have your support buddy / look out stand at the bottom of the ladder with two hands supporting the ladder while you climb to the height you wish to install. I suggest just below the actual traffic lights themselves.
  3. First take up the small two speakers you purchased early and use the cable ties to secure them tightly to the pole with the speakers facing toward the crossing.
  4. The wrap the Mp3 Player in the plastic bag and tie it closed. This is to prevent any damage is the case of rain.
  5. Secure the MP3 Player to the pole again using the cable ties.
  6. Make a quick plan with regard to the type of dance moves you would like executed through the crossing. Now place take the left and right foot stencils and apply a quick treatment of paint through them across the traffic crossing to achieve the steps you want.
  7. Pack away your witches hats, take off those ridiculous vests and head home for the day.  Job Well Done!

Operation.

  1. Be sure to be wearing appropriate dancing shoes.
  2. Keep the key ring with the attached MP3 Remote in your pocket when you head out the door.
  3. As you approach the lights, pop your hand in your pocket and feel for the MP3 remote.
  4. As the Signal turns “Cross” (GREEN WALKING MAN) , push the play button on the remote to start the music.
  5. Follow the steps on the ground and amaze your friends with your skill.
  6. Hit the stop button on the remote in your pocket once you have completed crossing the street or when the signal turns stop (RED FLASHING MAN).

It’s that easy.

You may feel that this is a trivial exercise but it is important for us to experiment and try new things, at all stages of an objects life.   These shared objects can evolve as ideas as they are exposed to more and more people.  The creative process must continue throughout the lifespan of shared objects, hopefully someone will build on your creation and in turn you build on theirs.  This cycle can go on and evolve the product around us.

Feel free to show your involvement with these objects and share them with others. Its good for you, and the community as a whole.

Party on!

Shebeen – Design Activism / Physical Activism

Design Activism for me seems to be largely a new topic. For years i have designed without ay thought of activism and my place as a citizen of the world. I guess that is the point of the class, Change.

So what is Design Activism.  Using recycled products?  Thinking of the lifespan of Products? Avoiding Incremental design? maybe.  But i’m starting to think the process should start earlier. Whats the purpose of the design/product/business? Do we/i need this? Perhaps i’m thinking my way out of this profession.  Traditionally most eco – design or conscious design, especially in the fashion industry (which i have the most experience), have been extremely boring or aimed at the “niche” not the “masses”. Providing an exclusivity and stigma to that particular choice.

I believe that most people faced with a choice on design will opt for one that benefits all, not just the few and i guess its up to us to show this design/purpose with a clear and concise view.

As far as examples are concerned of design activism… The one that comes to mind for me is Shebeen.

http://www.shebeen.com.au/

Shebeen is a bar that has recently opened its doors in Melbourne city’s Manchester Lane. So whats the difference?  The profits made from this bar go to aid in the developing world.  They probably explain the concept much better than me, so…. Read below from the website.

Shebeen In Manchester Lane.

We donate 100% of our profits, and your choice at the bar determines where they end up. Here’s how it works… Every beer, wine, cider and margarita sale sends funds back to that drink’s country of origin. We’ve made sure your money ends up in the right pockets by scouring the globe to find some of the smartest organisations tackling poverty in the developing world. So sit back and leave us to do the hard work while you feel good—even tomorrow morning.

Simon Griffiths – Creator & Driving Force behind Shebeen and WhoGivesACrap

By designing a business with mutual benefits as opposed to a charity, Simon (see above) has created a business with a belief in the future and a understanding that change must occur.  

So, My design Activism. What i want to achieve. Is a better, fairer and more just way to produce/design/manufacture footwear.  There are many issue’s, not allot of sollutions, but i’m going to try.   I don’t wanna feel guilty about the industry i work in. So i/we must change it.

My Physical activism currently consist’s of me trying to drink at places like this. More specifically dealing with business’ that have ethics inline with my own. Changing my behaviors to effect others for the better.

I have allot of work ahead of me……. but i have started a Tumblr.

In the mean time, go for a beer at Shebeen.

The PNG refugee solution – My thoughts

Ill try not to rant to much about this,  First and foremost we must remember to think of  these are people we are talking about as people, just like you or I .  Most of which are leaving there country’s not because they want to, but because the have to.

“We do not need to be protected from asylum seekers: they need to be protected from their persecutors.” –  Julian Burnside

These people are not “illegals” as there are referred to as they have done nothing illegal. Everyone is entitled to seek Asylum in any country or territory, it is a human right. I think this issue is more about the portrayal of the people through the media that has now escalated it to a major issue for election.

“Border Protection” or “Border Security” implies we should be worried about these asylum seekers and should be considered threats to Australia and its people. But where is the evidence of this?

There must be a better way to treat these people while they are being processed?

I found the below article insightful.

http://m.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/youve-been-misled-on-boat-people-here-are-the-facts-20130718-2q5rv.html

It is more expensive and less humane, the PNG solution. We need to change.

Intro – Chris Worsley

So.. Im a 33 yr old, first year student.  Yep, thats right. First year.  I have spent my time since high school, starting my own businesses and working for both small and large companies in the fashion industry.  Footwear design is my driving passion and i have recently developed a line of shoes available from FAT stores around melbourne called 8th and Army which i’m proud of.

http://8thandarmy.com/

You can see a brief cv and some previous work on my own website below.

http://chrisworsley.com/

Clearly i wasn’t worried about Pine Gap when thinking of the URL for my site.

The reason i chose this course was because it was recommended to me by the few people i had spoke with regarding the course and also i was curious to find out what activism has to do with design.

I was surprised and challenged by Soumitri’s first two classes and i’m curious as to where this will lead in my own path/work.  What impact it will have?   I have worked for places that do not consider, consciousness or morality in their actions and i don’t want to continue to be apart of that.  I do believe in change, i have to, or as a mature age student i’m wasting my time. Right?

Required Selfie

Biopic