Uncreative Design

Minkyoung Kim

Assigments / Assignment 3: Marked landscape

Sometimes I feel familiar with a new place I have never visited before. Most of the time, it was because of small props, such as a shape of tree, a road sign, or a color of a roof.

For this project, I want to explore the signage system in the urban space, in order to see how it leads people to orient/disorient to a place. I parced graphic designed elements, such as signboards and advertisements, into other ones from a different place, in a different country. In the photos, the parced elements function as a cultural texture, as well as a clue of the place’s identity.



Uncategorized / Questions for Week3: ch.4–7

1. (108) If everybody started Uncreative Writing, wouldn’t it become boring? How we can value each pieces?

2. Is there any privileged sense when the artist/writer captures ‘boring & menial life’?

3. Again, if selecting can be called creation in uncreative writing, what is difference between a writer and a librarian, or a curator?


Assigments / Assignment 2: Everyday New Words

The websites I visit in most of my time is dictionary sites. I read it because not only I’m not a native speaker, but also I’m interested in a word’s appropriate use, regardless which language. I made a list of the new words I didn’t know & old words I re-found everyday on the sites below*. Like Still Available of Oliver Laric, this list illustrates a personal journey during each day; things I read, speak, and listen, as well as how complicate to reach the appropriate communication.

*en.wikipedia.com, endic.naver.com(Korean-English dictionary), dictionary.com, naver.com(Korean Google), urbandictionary.com



Reading Responses, Response Week 2 / Questions for Week2: ch.1–3

1. Can selecting be called creation? If so, what is difference between a library(archive) and an artwork?

2. Where is the boundary between being influenced by an artwork and remix(using the artwork as a source)?

3. What is the difference between détournement and appropriation?


Assigments / Assignment 1: English textbook for 7th grade

I have been interested in reading example sentences in English textbook to learn English as a foreign language. The sentences such as ‘How are you?’,’They have a lot of fun’, or ‘What a huge waterfall is!’ are not for delivering meaning that the each sentence contains, but for solving future situations a reader may or may not have. So the sentences have contents, but don’t contain no contents at the same time.

For the machine, I wanted to deal with such ’emptiness’ of those simulated sentences. In a book, sentences from the English textbook of 7th grade Korean middle school student are  displayed in the orginal book’s order, and matched with the first image from Google image search of each sentences. Some images are literally matched with the contents of the sentences, and others aren’t. By pairing with an image that reaches somewhere in the real world, I expect to the reader get a chance to think about what each sentence contains.


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