Designweek 2015

Otis College of Art & Design


In collaboration with: 

Lu Liang


Finished: 2015



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


Monument and Copy by: Jingyi Leng. For Jingly the bright blue sky of L.A. is her monument because a blue ski is never visible in her hometown in china due to the smog and clouds. She used The Copy as a tool to take the blue sky back to china. She treated the sky as a painting of which she scratches off the blue paint. Ones done she can collect the blue residue and take a physical copy of the sky home.