4th Year Proposal

The Big Idea: Consumerism, Materialism

  • an interactive installation composed of a human form built from clear plastic tubes and a mannequin
  • filled with red liquid that pumps, similar to a heartbeat, which are controlled by the participants purchasing items on a tablet


  • Clear Tubing
  • Red liquid
  • Arduino
  • Motor water pumps
  • Relay
  • Power Source
  • Android Tablet


Story Inspiration

  • June 2011
  • 17 year-old boy in China sold his kidney for an iPad
  • Wang from Anhui, one of China’s poorest provinces
  • He was paid 22,000 yuan (about 3,500 Canadian)

Patience, Martin. “China: Teenager ‘sells Kidney for IPad'” BBC News. BBC, 03 June 2011. Web. 20 Apr. 2012. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13639934>.

Artist Inspiration

Ken Rinaldo

  • Living robotic tongue installation
  • Artificial stomach
  • Brings our focus onto the importance of our tongue and related organs


About Cristal Sung

Cristal is a new media designer, who believes in the importance of feeding the soul with art, culture, and food. Her work focuses on themes of identity, sociopolitical problems and the concept of beauty. Cristal is from Hong Kong and studies in Toronto.

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