INDIVIDUAL PROJECT

UNCLOUD: INSTALLATION THAT ALLEVIATES STUDENTS' ANXIETY

DECEMBER 2017, SHANGHAI

Globally, an estimated 322 million people of all ages suffer from depression. This represents over 4% of the global population. In China, more than 54 million people (4.2% of the population) suffer from depression. --WHO CHINA OFFICE FACT SHEET

‘Uncloud’ is a conceptual installation that is designed for school students. It is supposed to be an accessible, affordable and easy-to-assemble installation that could be placed on school campuses. The main function of it is to monitor students mental states and give them support.

这是一个为了减轻学生心理压力而设计的概念装置,Uncloud。它可以被放置在校园中被学生使用。同时它应该是经济上可负担并且便于搭建的,这能够更好地解决政府每年心理健康投入不足的问题。Uncloud的主要工作内容即是评估检查学生心理状态,并且提供适当的心理帮助。

Chinese students are going through more pressure nowadays. According to a survey conducted by Chinese Children Center, there are more than 30 million Chinese middle school students are troubled by mental disorders, 5.2% of them are severely mentally ill. However, they might find themselves have no place to turn to. School psychological consultation room is rare in cities other than Beijing and Shanghai. Some of the students are not willing to seek help from family members either. If students cannot get proper mental support, eventually they become mentally ill.

近年中国学生的心理问题愈加严重。根据中国儿童中心的调查显示,3000万中国中学生正在被心理问题困扰,其中5.2%的学生有比较明显的心理问题。这些压力来自于很多方面,但是有时由于他们不愿寻求帮助而最终导致心理疾病的产生,或者说他们缺少可以寻求帮助的对象。

I wish to provide students with a space that makes them physically feel comfortable, as well as provide psychological consultation to alleviate their stress. The outward appearance of this installation should have no corner, indicating the subject is harmless as well as accessible.

Uncloud概念装置不仅是一个让学生能放松的空间、而且能够在一定程度上为学生提供心理帮助。它的外观应该是圆润的,暗示这是一个自然、安全的场所。

The structure is made of PVC, a material that is affordable and easy to get, also, in some way, makes the installation easy to construct. Secondly, for its operating system, I designed a set of space and lighting modes. The inside is covered by various bubbles, when no one uses, it stays at default mode. During the session, space will be automatically changing itself according to the user’s poses. Also, its lighting can be changed as well. During daytime, the light will be charged by solar energy. When being used, it will be changing according to the environmental requirements of the session. Since AI technology is developing rapidly worldwide, it is also introduced to this installation, as the main method to conduct the consultancy. With the support of AI, schools will not be worried about their ability to afford a psychiatric, meanwhile, students could go there whenever they want.

​此装置的结构是由便宜常见的PVC材料制作的,内部是大小不同可以通过充气而出现不同大小变化的球体。它被设定了一系列不同的空间和灯光状态可供调节。在工作环境中,这些灯光的明暗和充气球体大小可以根据使用者的姿势进行调节。在提供心理帮助的方面,AI技术被应用在这个装置中,这样不仅能够为校方降低预算,而且能够为学生提供时刻在线的帮助。

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