Aspire (2013)

Aspire is a 1980’s style pop machine crossed over with a modern day self-checkout. It is 5 feet tall and approximately 4 feet wide, requiring a single outlet to run. Users are left with a shiver, a receipt, and a question: was it worth it? In our world, everything has a price and everybody makes sacrifices for materialism and status. Users are made to decide whether they are willing to scan a real organ for an expensive item on the vending machine. Aspire draws its influence from a news story about a 17 year-old boy, who sold his kidney for an iPad. The greater the need, the greater the sacrifice: would you give up a kidney?

Music: Ambient-M by Antony Raijekov (cc 2.5)

Ryerson New Media 4th Year Thesis (2013)

Conceptual, electronics, build, documentation by Cristal Sung with the support from professors and loved ones.

Hardware: Arduino, Thermal Printer, RFID, Arcade Buttons with LEDs, Microswitches, Fluorescent lights wired in Parallel

Showings: Meta 2013, MaxEx 2013

Disclaimer: Organs are preserved and sealed pig organs purchased from a grocery store

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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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