conclusion–my project process

  1. A  brief description of my research/subject matter

China has recently got a ‘facial plastic surgery’ fever. However, the surgical interventions in women’s body can result in infection, bleeding, facial nerve injury, unfavourable scar formation, and in the extreme case, death. Hence, it is worth exploring the alternative means to elevate facial attractiveness, besides the facial plastic surgeries. This is the main motivation behind the current investigation.

 

2.  latest version of my question?

 

How can sound be used to raise Chinese women’s awareness on alternative approaches to enhance their attractiveness besides facial plastic surgery?’

 

 

 

 

3. Briefly describe your intervention(s)

 

an exhibition is designed which showcases different categories of audio compilations that are associated with the how-can question. There are 4 categories: animated film clips, make-up videos, music, and the recorded audio messages from interview. The audiences will be first interviewed on the how-can question, before and after, listening to the categories of their most interest.

4. What changes have occurred as a result of your interventions?
After the intervention, most people have a negative understanding of cosmetic surgery, especially after watching the animation, changing their consciousness is even stronger. And someone (plastic surgery producer) against this intervention.

 

5. What have you learned from the testing of your interventions?

 

1.Getting good feedback from stakeholder is a challenge. User testing sometimes seems like a daunting task. But user testing can bring good experience and help design better project. I tested several methods, some failed and some succeeded.

2. User testing is always as early as possible. Especially if you are not sure if certain features are worth the time to go deeper. First explain your thoughts to others and ask if your users find it helpful.

3. It’s important to understand the characteristics of your user base. Who is your stakeholder?

 

 

6. Provide a list of key people/organisations who have given feedback including experts, collaborators or gatekeepers during the Independent Study Period

1. an animator is working with me on an themed animated film ‘plastic surgery’. His name: yan yi qin feng

2. a musician is collaborating with me on an ad-hoc song on plastic surgery; mediating musics are included in this category. His name: Luke

3. two popular Instagramers whom are known for their makeup skills are working with me on a video on how cosmetic product can be used to improve facial aesthetic appealing.

4.I recorded interviewee (a) is magazine editor in beauty industry.

5.feedback:1. Plastic surgery producer

2. 8 stakeholders who are young Chinese women all from

different industry

3. 2 stakeholders are from cosmetic industry

 

 

 

 

7. Identify any gaps or threats to your project that may have limited progress.

1,Everyone’s concept of consciousness is different. My intervention is impossible to influence and change to all people.

2.The cosmetic doctor I tested, his feedback is against

 

8. Briefly list your priorities for the next month?

Continue to test my intervention, but I need to consider what kind of stakeholder should be tested. focus on analyzing feedback, and improve intervention based on the results of the test

 

 

 

 

17/09/2018–20/09/2018 Intervention process

1.music: almost finish…..{a musician is collaborating with me on an ad-hoc song on plastic surgery}

2. Video; The video have already done. { two popular Instagramers whom are known for their makeup skills are working with me on a video on how cosmetic product can be used to improve facial aesthetic appealing. }

 

3. Animated film: an animator is working with me on an themed animated film ‘plastic surgery’.

 

4.Recorded audio from interview (magazine editor in beauty industry )

after which I will invite stakeholders to listen these categories and record their comments/feedbacks.

feedback —-tutorial

Summarise feedback and action plan given during my tutorial

 

  1. The audios sourced from the internet, as it currently stands, are insufficient to support the proposed how-can question.

 

  1. Original creative contents, in the form of music, poetry, video, etc., will be created.

 

 

  1. Regarding to the creative contents, response of the invited stakeholders will be measured.

 

 

 

NEW —MY PROJECT PROCESS

1.Introduction

China has recently got a ‘facial plastic surgery’ fever. This is due to a lack of confidence on their facial aesthetic appealing compared to the ideal western types as broadcasted on social media. Psychology studies found that the negative self-assessment is the predominant force that drives the decision to undertake facial plastic surgery. However, the surgical intervention (for example double-eyelid surgery, reshaping of nose and/or face, etc.) is painful, risky and irreversible, which often results in infection, bleeding, facial nerve injury and unfavourable scar formation. Facial plastic surgery is not the singular way to enhance the facial attractiveness as the concept of beauty is subjective. Hence, it is worth exploring the alternative means to achieve the same psychological effect of elevating confidence on facial attractiveness, besides the facial plastic surgery. This is the main motivation behind the current investigation.

 

This work, originally, aimed to address the following question: ‘How can the non-physical facial attractiveness of Chinese women be highlighted to raise their awareness on the alternative approach (besides plastic surgery) to enhance their attractiveness?’ A methodology was developed, which consists of an iterative process of interventions with stakeholders and self-reflective practice, to interrogate the aforesaid question. At the end of this iterative process, the following new research question is derived: ‘How can audio be used to raise Chinese women’s awareness on alternative approaches to enhance their attractiveness besides facial plastic surgery?’. It should be noted that this report was written regarding the latter (or latest) instead of the former (or original) research question.

 

This report will be organised as follows: in section 2 the proposed methodology will be described in detail and section 3 will compare the strengths and weakness of the proposed methodology.

 

2.Methodology

The current methodology emphasised on utilising audio to excite the, often overlooked, awareness of natural facial beauty, and on exploring different ways to demonstrate the efficacy of audio on stimulating the positive feeling towards natural facial beauty. The methodology comprises of a sequence of four phases from collecting the audio sample to broadcasting it in different ways, the details of which are given as follows:

Phase 1, sample audio data was collected from an interview with Mrs. Xxx whom is the editor of  CHIC magazine. The questions in the interview were …. The total duration of the interview was …. , the recorded audio was edited to be within 1 minute.

Phase 2, social media platform, xxx, is employed to build up a forum or community, to discuss and, debate, the current topic of interest and research question. In the community, the recorded interview audio file (from phase 1) can be played on demand to provide the reasonings why facial plastic surgery is entirely unnecessary and the alternative means to enhance the facial attractiveness. Audio discussions, for or against the ideas from the recorded interview, can be saved and played in the community. The users can have follow up discussions based on different opinions of the interview audio. All the correspondences on the forum will be kept in audio message format – the app records the users’ speech in an audio message – and all the audio messages will be automatically saved (which enables playing on demand) in the forum. It is worth noticing that this social media platform permits audio message from only one speaker at a time. This snowballing process will expand the audio pool of discussion on the topic.

Phase 3,

an exhibition is designed which showcases different categories of audio compilations that are associated with the how-can question. There are five categories: film clips, YouTube videos, music, poetry, and the recorded audio messages from phase 2. Each has a playlist, which will be played on a smart device (e.g. tablet or phone) at its designated area at the exhibition. The audiences will be first interviewed on the how-can question, before and after, listening to the categories of their most interest.

 

 

Initial WWHI

04/2018-05/2018

The question I studied before was: How does art/fashion/image apply to changing the stereotype of gender and baldness?

A bald woman affects the possibility of finding a job, for example in the service industry. There are many bald valets, but I only want to see a bald waitress in a hip and cool restaurant. I feel very stupid. “

Therefore,I wanted to raise awareness about alopecia and create discussion about the gender stereotypes associated with women with long hair, as opposed to women with little or no hair.and : I want to the observe phenomenon and explain the problem of gender equality.

After i discussed with my tutor Dvid, he mentioned some concept —location, culture, beauty standards … he said i need care these parts, and i should need to change my proposal content.

After few days, i did some research about global beauty standards culture, therefore, i changed my question :             How can we popular Chinese and British aesthetics be measured in order to help the young Chinese generation recognize their own beauty?

In this proposal, I will examine the aesthetic values that British and Chinese audiences attach to facial features. What do people of these two nationalities find attractive – but, more pertinently, why? Why are some facial features, such as skin pigmentation, face shape, and double eyelids, regarded as ‘beautiful’ whilst others are regarded as ‘ugly’? If human beings share the same biological composition, then the answer must be cultural.

But i got feedback form my tutor,  my conception was too board