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Yuanzheng Yang. Rhode Island School of Design. New Talents Award Nominee 2022

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Published: 02.12.2022
Yuanzheng Yang Yuanzheng Yang
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Rhode Island School of Design
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Klimt02
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Intro
The 8th edition of the New Talents Award by Klimt02 aims to recognize the work of graduate students in our field by supporting their careers in the professional world. Nominated by our school members, one of the selected graduates will win the New Talents Award.

Yuanzheng's thesis work comes in the aftermath of the acceleration of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic—which he views in some aspects as respite for the introverted—and proposes prosthetic interventions that bring awareness to the divergent experiences and needs across the spectrum of intro and extroversion.
Name of graduation student: Yuanzheng Yang
Name of guiding teachers: Tracy Steepy, Seth Papac, Timothy Veske-McMahon.


Nominated by Rhode Island School of Design

Yuanzheng invites us through a speculative lens of the near future, in which jewelry and accessories mediate near-social interactions that slip further from our comfort zones as we become increasingly interconnected with virtual platforms. He questions the privilege granted to extroverted individuals in society and proposes objects that responsively signal, cue, and even threaten through proximity sensors, face detection, and other environmental factors. Yuanzheng's thesis work comes in the aftermath of the acceleration of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic—which he views in some aspects as respite for the introverted—and proposes prosthetic interventions that bring awareness to the divergent experiences and needs across the spectrum of intro and extroversion.
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The statement of the artist:
Zoomorphic Amalgamation: Speculative Devices for Alternative Communication is a series of speculative works that assist introverts readapting in the extra-oriented society. The work serves as a lens to challenge and question the authority afforded to extroverts in contemporary society, and aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of introverted personality. As a person with an introverted personality, the thesis project draws upon personal experience and reflects on the current bias and stereotype of characteristics that are common to introverts.

In contemporary society, extroversion authority can be found prevalent all over the world and has become a mainstream standard. As an example, educational psychologist and nationally recognized speaker Christine Fonseca mentioned that ‘Our educational system favors group work and collaboration.’ Schools in western culture are microcosms designed to promote extroverted behaviors. Competition and collaboration, which are both well-suited for extroverts, has replaced innovation and creativity as the norm of the education system. The additional participation score in students’ grading criteria forces all individuals to join the group discussions, participate in collaborative projects, and speak publicly. Such favoritism afforded to natural extroverts expands to social groups and workplaces, pushing introverts beyond their comfort zone in competition for a good grade.

Increasing social exposure is not an easy job for introverts. Behaving with a more extroverted personality is possible but drains energy. For those who are out of their usual disposition, insecurity and exhaustion are always present. They choose to mask their emotions in order to appear friendly or polite in an accepted way. But for those who don’t understand, the moment they see an introvert become extroverted, they assume that introverts can be changed and will expect introverts to change their personalities. Is there any therapy or treatment that can comfort introverts? Unfortunately no. Consolation for introverted individuals is found through detachment from others and spending time alone, which is difficult to manage in today’s on-the-go society. Work, school, family, and social media fill all parts of our life, forcing introverts to adapt to social rules tailored to extroverts. Thus, my work serves as a tool to ease the mainstream path and embrace the introverted temperament.

By integrating technological sensors and microcontrollers, the works are created to help the wearer express insecurity, at the same time providing a facsimile of confidence, relaxation, and recharging experience within the duration of wearing. Through interactive engagement, the devices embody the connection between the wearer and the observer and aim to visualize the discomfort of social interaction through forms of movement, sound, and color shift in reference to the defensive behaviors of animals and insects.

Through the speculative framework, audiences gain awareness of individual differences and comprehensively understand introverted personalities. The work questions the current social expectations, assisting the introverted individual with alternate modes of communication and their needs for personal space. This device demonstrates and proves the capability of technology emerging with adornment, suggesting a pathway of how body extension can build confidence for the future.



Contact:
Phone: +1 912 484 0230 / +86 189 3077 3473
Email: xxyz.yang@gmail.com
Website: yuta.design
Instagram: @yutaaa._____


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Yuanzheng Yang. Neckpiece: ZA-SDAC Type I, 2022. Printed resin, servo motor, Arduino, Huskylens camera, acrylic sheet, screws.. Photo by: Yuanzheng Yang. Model: Luke Atkins. Yuanzheng Yang
Neckpiece: ZA-SDAC Type I, 2022
Printed resin, servo motor, Arduino, Huskylens camera, acrylic sheet, screws.
Photo by: Yuanzheng Yang

Model: Luke Atkins

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Yuanzheng Yang. Neckpiece: ZA-SDAC Type II, 2022. Printed resin, nylon 12 powder, servo motor, Adruino, Huskylens camera, acrylic sheet, screws.. Photo by: Yuanzheng Yang. Model: Yennifer Liu. Yuanzheng Yang
Neckpiece: ZA-SDAC Type II, 2022
Printed resin, nylon 12 powder, servo motor, Adruino, Huskylens camera, acrylic sheet, screws.
Photo by: Yuanzheng Yang
Model: Yennifer Liu

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Yuanzheng Yang. Neckpiece: ZA-SDAC Type III, 2022. Printed resin, led strip, servo motor, Arduino, Huskylens camera, acrylic sheet, screws.. Photo by: Yuanzheng Yang. Model: Dan Svay. Yuanzheng Yang
Neckpiece: ZA-SDAC Type III, 2022
Printed resin, led strip, servo motor, Arduino, Huskylens camera, acrylic sheet, screws.
Photo by: Yuanzheng Yang
Model: Dan Svay

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Yuanzheng Yang. Neckpiece: ZA-SDAC Type IV, 2022. Printed resin, buzzer, Arduino, Huskylens camera, acrylic sheet, screws.. Photo by: Yuanzheng Yang. Model: Jamely Saint Louis . Yuanzheng Yang
Neckpiece: ZA-SDAC Type IV, 2022
Printed resin, buzzer, Arduino, Huskylens camera, acrylic sheet, screws.
Photo by: Yuanzheng Yang

Model: Jamely Saint Louis

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Yuanzheng Yang. Neckpiece: ZA-SDAC Type I, 2022. Printed resin, servo motor, Arduino, Huskylens camera, acrylic sheet, screws.. Photo by: Yuanzheng Yang. Alternative view. Model: Luke Atkins, Jamely Saint Louis . Yuanzheng Yang
Neckpiece: ZA-SDAC Type I, 2022
Printed resin, servo motor, Arduino, Huskylens camera, acrylic sheet, screws.
Photo by: Yuanzheng Yang

Alternative view. Model: Luke Atkins, Jamely Saint Louis

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