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A Not Sublime Me

Hailing Liu

Satellites Charts

Cinzia Bongino

#ArtificialSatellites #SpaceInfrastructure #RemoteSensing

“Satellites Charts” plots past and current artificial satellites orbiting around Earth, pointing out how our terrestrial life became so dependent on what we sent out in space.

“Satellites Charts” examines current and past artificial satellites orbiting around Earth, pointing out how our terrestrial life became so dependent on what we sent out in space. With topics ranging from space exploration to space pollution, communication, and warfare, the data visualization functions as an index to unlock related stories. More than eight thousand satellites are plotted on the chart: the data show how many satellites are still operational or decayed, who launched them, and in which years.

Displaying such information on a flat design allows the viewer to zoom in and out in time. In about 70 years of space history, we slowly built an extension of Earth's infrastructure above our head, an extra level of data collection and exchange. Satellites are essential technologies that must be constantly safeguarded, especially from human threats: jobs, services, social gatherings, transport, and communications are strictly dependent on the network of artificial bodies monitoring the planet. It is impossible to imagine our current living standards and global connections without the data transmission between satellites and Earth stations. This is what keeps the world spinning.
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A Not Sublime Me

Hailing Liu

#SocialCommentary #GraphicNovel #ThisIsAStoryHappensinChina #SportGamesMascot #OverWorkingCommuter

A Not Sublime Me is a short graphic novel (still in development) made by Hailing Liu. The story of the novel is set in the background of contemporary China, showing the life of a youth (Pan Ni, 潘倪) who just graduated from school and works as a teacher. The story intends to depict Pan Ni’s omnipresent feelings of being repressed and alienated by the social environment and normality.

Starting from a first-person perspective, the narratives of this story are advanced through daily psychological depictions by Pan Ni. Pan Ni keeps struggling with their own life issues during the pandemic but finally gets involved in a series of dramatic affairs related to a sports games mascot that looks like them.

The graphic novel is made to response to current cultural and political controversies in the context of China - working hours systems, gender inequality, human trafficking(especially women), representations in social media and extreme propaganda of patriotism in the context of China.

As a long-term project, A Not Sublime Me is still a work in progress. The main story and basic visual design is shown in this exhibition, and the final idea for this novel is to publish it as a physical book with a more completed graphic and layout design. For more further updates about this novel development, please check this official Instagram account: @not_sublime_me

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Making & Moving: A Practice

Musa Ghaznavi

#Newspaper #Migration #Media #Mâché

His practice currently employs a careful consideration of humanity by using newspapers as a preloaded material to consider the permeability of filtered media. His work challenges audiences to consider the embodied effects of migration, home, freedom and the constructed passage of time. He finds meaning in reconciling his interest with particular materials and questions of religious faith and economic systems.

River City

Rahma Shahid

#LandGrabbing #Military #RiverCity #AgriculturalLand #Security

River City is a two part project. The first half, developed specifically for Satellite project 2022 comprises the small form of a minaret. Often, local land grabbing includes the building of religious sites to prevent others from taking over. Religion is a highly sensitive issue and even the smallest perceived slight can spell disaster.
The State, backed and effectively hidden by the institutions of the government, have traditionally taken over masses of indigenous and agricultural land and created housing societies for personal gain. The River Ravi Development Authority (RUDA) has recently been granted  a project to create a city adjacent to the historical city of Lahore; this city is proposed to be built on the Ravi Basin. The Ravi was once a river so mighty, it felled Alexander the Great. Today, it may not have the same capacity, but it still feeds fertile land for millions of people in South Asia. The building of this city will spell disaster for the millions of people living in Lahore and other nearby cities; already choking on the worst air quality and groundwater drainage in the world.

Regionally, land grabbing mafias and other entities have used religious sentiment to illegally takeover land. Creating a mosque on a piece of property is one such way. Tearing down a mosque, even legally, incites aggressive sentimental response in the community. This blocks off the property from its legal owners formost of their lifetimes. 

The creation of objects colloquially used as land grabbing techniques, here seen in portable form will begin the understanding of ways to protect the self. Its a double-edged sword to bastardize the local practice and make it meaningless in the long run. This movement to place a dome wherever you want to mark territory will become so common that it will be forced to separate itself from actual religion itself.

A further speculative scope of this project is creating a society where portable minarets are a norm; some minarets obviousoly being more powerful than others. 

An odd mix of using criminal activity, the horrifying blasphemy law, and the dome to protect vulnerable agricultural land.

Additional Info
Mainstream narrative wipes away centuries of craftsmanship and knowledge and creates a divide between how I view my city and how others imagine it. My work aims to see, celebrate and elevate the un-modern, Islamic dome – the pinnacle of design. In my previous projects, I talk in detail about colonialism and modern day imperialsm and how they affect the design world. Link ︎︎︎

Related Newspaper Articles

“The government wants to spend $7 billion to develop the Ravi riverbank, but opponents say that risks replicating the environmental and societal problems in nearby Lahore.”

“The capital is known for its mosques and madrassas built on encroached lands. But these are too sensitive to tackle”

“Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed says order to remove encroachments from park will not be withdrawn” Link︎︎︎