Potential Site Research & Preparation:
Assistant Tutors had a meeting with the school team (SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School) during February 2022 and planned a possible Zoom meeting with materials under the Covid policy.
As concept assistants, they prepared the background readings for students to learn about the historical places including Wong UK, Tsang Tai UK and Tao Fong Shan in Sha Tin starting from literature. There are designated questions for them to consider while they collect first-hand data via interviewing their family or friends about Sha Tin.
Field Trip / Site Findings:
Due to the Covid-19 situation, the team delayed the physical trip in late April and had a virtual trip via 3d scanning and 2D imaging during the first and second workshops. The virtual trip was a good experience for the students to learn about the places via their electronic devices. They gathered some inspiration for their designs. In addition, Assistant Tutors taught students to use the iPad and 3D technology devices to scan the items and objects. This is a good method for them to understand new technology and gives them a rare chance to test out scanning the models.
Introduction of BeHere & Preliminary research concept briefing
Preparation & Content:
The team introduced more about “BeHere” to the students. There were staff who further explained the project concept of “BeHere”. The team prepared the artworks (Portland St. 砵蘭街) which were done in the trial test with Team 4 last year. The whole process, including researching, developing ideas, design, and photography, was shared.
The team led the students to create a story that links their previously collected first-hand data with the “BeHere” project concept. Thinking more about the connection of the city. Students express their ideas such as “How can I leave something/someone/some memory to the people in 2072?” Some participants point out the assumption that the “old buildings” will still be around in 2072. For example, will Tsang Tai Uk be removed? WILL Tao Fong Shan still be available for everyone as a religious place? Some participants drew the scene before 50 years have passed, in the present day, to try to know more about their daily living.
A few students were struggling to connect now to 2072. So, the team prepared more ideas including some future technology concepts to add to the original ideas of the students on their “Be Here” project.
Research and Concept
Student’s Process and Ideas:
These are photos showing the ideas development progress of 3 teams from SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School. They start by researching, taking the first and secondhand data and selecting interesting places, considering how they will create their scenes along the theme of what life will be like in 2072.
Each team combine their team members’ characteristics of ideas and create the scene and there are descriptions for 3 teams.
Students expressed their original base design and I gave some options for them to add more details and perfect it.
For example, we tried the “6W” questions for them to elaborate on the scene with further details including suitable clothes, props, pose holding, and place selection.
- Concept & Background: A Fishman was rescued by the village chief and slept in the well for 50 years.
- Scene Description: The Fishman introduces things of that era to future people.
- Character and/or Prop Description: A Fishman, who was rescued by the village chief, will act as a tour guide for people in the future. He will explain the story of Tsang Tai UK to the future people.
- Reflection/Discovery on students’ transformation from research to work: It is a crazy creation, to mix the traditional myth of the Fishman with the belt boy tour guide of today. That is a nice, imaginative story to attract people from here on out.
Developing and Execution of AR Public Art Project
The idea comes from Tao Fong Shan, which includes a Chinese Christian church designed as a crossover between Eastern and Western styles. Students used the religious theme to develop their work, and the concept of Noah’s ark sprung to mind. They considered its relationship with Shatin and they remembered that Shatin has a floating restaurant which has an ark-like appearance. Hence, they incorporated these ideas into their work and designed an ark with a captain who can judge the players’ choices. In addition to this, they also put some comparative elements on the floor that players can select and reflect their personalities and mind.
The place is flat and sunlit, which will show the model clearly.
The students would like to put the model at an inclined angle in the Tai Kwun. For technical reasons, they could not do as they had planned. However, they changed their mind and set the model on a flat area, making it appear like it was floating on the surface of the sea.
Shatin’s Tsang Tai Uk is the largest Hakka walled village in Hong Kong, which retains a lot of traditional cultural values. Now facing the danger of being forgotten, a fish-headed man (based on the koi carp in the well) who was once rescued by the village chief ended up deciding to become a tour guide, leading everyone to revisit the charm of Tsang Tai Uk.
The selected place is similar to the garden of Tsang Tai UK, so the students would like to choose this place.
As the main assistant of this team, the Assistant Tutors are very proud of them. The students have combined the elements from Tsang Tai Uk and incorporated them into their own ideas, creating these interesting works.
In the future, everyone regards robots as workers, disposable objects, except for an electrician. She thinks that everyone should make good friends instead. She plans to find an old place that nobody uses and transform it into a toy repair shelter, with an assistant to help the electrician maintain the toys.
The students chose a place similar to Wong U, which is a large space with a flat floor.
Although there were lots of limitations with the photography including scanning and issues with the character, we were lucky it was successful. I am glad to have helped them at the beginning of their research.