A kinetic text sculpture, playing with word order,

concept | prototype | physical computing | fabrication


I Mean It

I Mean It is a collaboration between two non-native English speakers, Hailin Kwak and Jiaqi Zhang, which is an experimental kinetic text sculpture. "Seriously" and "literally" are often used in daily dialogues, however, the meaning of words may have been changed after iteration. By setting up the specific sentence and the back and forth exchange of the two words, Hailin and Jiaqi create an ambiguous situation and question our usage habit of words and the real intend behind, what do we really mean when we use the words to express ourselves?








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Design Process

Used cardboard for size and motion testing.

Ball bearing mechanics and structure testing.

Laser cutting and spraying.