Frankenculture is a design project carried out by me that is constantly evolving. This project sprung from my own fragmented cultural identity, composed of Australian, Chinese and Hong Konger influences.
Frankencultures seeks to examine two major underpinning issues. The first is the perception of culture as a clearly defined set of attributes or ideology -when it’s closer to an amorphous blob of continually shifting attributes and ideologies.
The second issue is that culture is often viewed as a scattering of points, rather than the spectrum it actually is.
To examine these issues, Frankenculture takes currently existing cultural artefacts, and reiterates them using a framework of percentages.
These nuanced cultural artefacts are then brought into dialogues with cultural curators (such as academics, designers, people working with museums), where they are used to talk widely about the representation of ‘in-between cultures’.
I strongly encourage you to check out the individual website for Frankenculture, as it explains the entire project much more in-depth. Below are some pictures / videos of the three artefacts I’ve made- the frankenplate, frankentext and frankenanthem.
This project is dedicated to my grandmother, who’s love was boundless and endless. She taught me of the importance of understanding and education- and it is thanks to her I am afforded the opportunities I am today.