Otis College of Art & Design
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As part of the 2015 Design week at the Otis College of Art & Design, we (Lu Liang and myself) where invited to organise a workshop for Graphic Design Students. The topic chosen by the College was: “I am the City”. To us, “I am the city” as a theme, suggests radicalism, arrogance and especially confidence. We could only imagine it to be put into words by an emperor, ruler or dictator from earlier civilizations for which, ancestors erected physical evidence in the form of monuments in order to commemorate that person. We wanted the students to be as confident as an emperor and find their Monument in L.A and transform them into their own “Automonument”.
Task 1: Within the thin fabric of Los Angeles the students where asked to find the object, space, or site that represents their OWN monument for L.A.
Task 2: Copying was used as a tool to isolate the Monuments from its original context and historical value, transforming it into the students’ Automonument. We all want to be original because we want to be different, but repetitions and copies seldom appear unchanged and are therefore also a producer of difference. This has been proven in full force by the students work.
© Cédric Van Parys