Archive for April, 2011

4D project #4-Research

4D: Action and Interaction project proposal

Mapping project

Question: Is the hybrid car really “green”?


Toyota Pruis is one of the most popular hybrid car in the US. But the production of Pruis is not that “green”.

Here’s some quotes in the research report by CNW marking research. It was a big news when they post this report in 2007.

“The Nickel for the battery, for instance, is mined in Sudbury, Ontario, and smelted at nearby Nickel Centre, just north of the province’s massive Georgian Bay.”

“Toyota buys about 1000 tons of nickel from the facility each year, ships the nickel to Wales for refining, then to China, where it’s manufactured into nickel foam, and them onto Toyota’s battery plant in Japan.”


Toyota Pruis almost travelled the world before they get to consumers in US, espeically California(A lot of Pruis in California).

More information:

I’m going to create an interactive websites that shows the procedure of producing a Pruis and shipping to California, US by using different maps around the world. All the information will be delivered by this website clearly and interesting.

I’m working on this project using Adobe Flash and Dreamweaver. I might consider to do background music and sound effect myself, using Logic Pro.


4D project #3-Modern and Nature

This is the 4D project I’m working on for almost a month. The theme is ‘Modern and Nature’.

I decided to make my own music(not 100% own) for my video. I was looking for background music before I shot the footage, and I can’t find anything fits my idea. In the meantime I was viewing youtube and the orignal OST of The Social Network caught my eye, because it’s about the Oscar and everybody was talking about that online. People thinks this soundtrack is crap without the film. However, I was inspired by one comment in youtube about this soundtrack.

Quoting from

“I feel like the sounds have meanings. The instrument that starts off the song sounds shaky, like Mark’s feelings, not knowing whether to help his friend or go on his own. The piano represents those good memories he has with his best friend. The low electric note that starts at 1:43 is all the anger Mark has at the world, at his friends, girlfriends, enemies. But at the end, the bad feelings win, because the piano never sounds again from 3:09 .”

That’s what I’m trying to tell in my video. Two sides(modern and nature) but in the same scene. I did the music for my video in Logic Pro. The music was pretty rough because of the shortage of time. I might redo the whole music in summer, and extend my field in art.