Post 10//Reflection and proposition

Project title 

State of mind

Practice type

Generative System

The issue

Based on my previous research, I have wanted to investigate the connection between the mental and physical illnesses and have tried to narrow down my targets who have suffered from anxiety disorder. Frequent occasions arise when even those with anxiety disorder never know they are ailing because of the lack of consideration for it. Such lack of awareness hinders their receiving a proper treatment. Last but not least, through they are suffering from a disorder that can be completely recovered, they are left out in the cold-groundless reproof, foreignness and discrimination, etc. Anxiety disorder is not a traumatic neurosis. It’s a hideous disease doing a terrible disservice to allover our body, corresponding to the worst results of depression and anorexia. the field of this disease is in its natural state. It’s the most dangerous and serious that we are quite in the dark about causes and consequences of the disease. There is a reason here why we should make various attempts and pay more attention to the new filed. Below is my final research topic.

“How to overcome negative physical responses which can come from anxiety disorder”


The details 

This project is showed in the exhibition and it aims to invite visitors to create a personal visual heart rate data with specific colors in response to their state of mind. When the user input their feelings in the platform, they can get several colors rerated to the color therapy palette which has been used in real color therapy fields. Their heart rate bot has been visualized by means of simple devices like touch screen. We produce generate system extracted from colour and heart rate bot data. It’s a sort of campaign like project arousing awareness of mental illness.


Week 8 Feedback

It is ambiguous the connection between the color and heart rate. The impact is too weak when we only visualize the heart rate. I have received through feedback an idea on visualizing the system of users’ heart rate on the basis of flowers or other objects.


Seeing the last session feedback, I have reviewed the idea, which is a project that can be displayed in exhibitions or vivid festivals. This project will invite visitors to create a personal visual heart rate data with specific colors in response to their state of mind. A big screen is set up inside or outside the exhibition hall. This will cover walls and the whole building not to refer to the screen since images will be beam projected and displayed. A platform is placed in front of the screen to visualize the users’ heart rate. Visitors may extract their heart rate beating using the simple device.  A special object type is in order to visualize their data in the exhibition. Flowers are a shape of my own choosing.  In the computer are inserted abstract concept flowers. First, users can choose the sort of flowers, which increases or decreases in response to the heartrate. The flowers derived from such a process will leave traces on the screen even after their departure.  The flowers made up from the same participants as other users will remain on the screen as well. All the participants’ collaboration will come to complete the big beam project.


The aim of this project is to develop and interact an innovative commercial event for museum and gallery visitors to drive personal and digital data collection and test its applicability in new contexts, furthermore to enhance private visitors’ feedback in a public context, and open up new visitors’ experiences, data collection, interpretation and presentation methods.

This exhibition will show the connection of mental health and its values, physical conditions and technologies that structure our lives. That exhibition will come up with a concept that mental illness is not untreatable but only a social issue that we must share in our lives.



Post 8//Brain possibilities for a design response

By Miyoung Kang


After doing a lot of mapping exercise and Brainstorming, we were asked to individually respond by our tutors regarding the 5W questions, which consisted of 5 questions: who, what, when, where and why relevant to our own specific research field.

This is my research topic, “the connection between mental and physical illness”

I have wanted to investigate these two links that have come up with the recent augments and the movement of design which have been tried to approach the ways artistically. After that I have narrowed down my issue into anxiety disorder among the mental illnesses to focus on more specific areas. In order to elicit an in depth understanding of my issues, I have refined my research question that I will set up as my visual outcome eventually and this is my key question “How to overcome negative physical responses which can occur from anxiety disorder” for 5W.


Who does the problem affect?

That can be true either for all of us or for some of us. There are some important points here. Frequent occasions arise when even those with panic disorder never know they are ailing  because of the lack of consideration for it. Such lack of awareness hinders their receiving a proper treatment. Last but not least, through they are suffering from a disorder that can be completely recovered, they are left out in the cold-groundless reproof, foreignness and discrimination, etc.


What are the boundaries of the problem?

In my view any other psychopathy seems to be about the same and it’s a borderline case between a true disease and a simple psychological anxiety. Another problem is that unlike other mental diseases panic disorder is drawing keen attention in this modern world but its symptoms and management are quite unfamiliar to many of us.


Where does the problem occur? When does it need to be fixed?

The disorder develops with out reference to time and circumstances. Many people bring up a cause-and-effect relation;  as it is that is often not the case. The disease is a bit different from depression or anorexia. We may contract the disorder in a weak moment, hence we should be well trained to handle the emergency and take regular treatment by way of advance prevention.


Why is it important?

The disorder is not a traumatic neurosis. It’s a hideous disease doing a terrible disservice to allover the body, corresponding to the worst results of depression and anorexia. While diseases like cancer are well known for their serous nature and therefore a number of medications and effective treatments have been developed over the years, the field of panic disorder is in its natural state. It’s the most dangerous and serious that we are quite in the dark about causes and consequences of the disease. There is a reason here why we should make various attempts and pay more attention to the new filed with greatest case.

Post 9//Visual documentation of the brainstorming session

Brainstorming and mind mapping exercises, both individually and collaboratively we did in week 6, I have identified a number of ideas of explorations. Through this process, I could set my research directions and narrow down my design concept as well. Based on my previous research, I wanted to find the connection between the mental and physical illnesses and wanted to approach an in-depth understanding of my issue.

“How to overcome negative physical responses which can come from anxiety disorder”

Firstly, we have divided it into three parts, data visualization design, Service design and generative systems. We have defined a data design is kind of visualization practices.

based on real data to reveal some aspects of the relationship between human and non-human actors.  We have concluded this type of design is not suitable for my issue that I want to approach because we cannot suggest any physical solution based on proven and professional knowledges, and so we have tried to more focus on creating ideas of the service design and generative system design. And I have left how I graft these two aspects with data design as my individual research. Below are lists of ideas which I have gained from a group exercise.

Service design

  • Art therapy (Through online platform, convey users’ feeling hard to express or thinking and receive feedback. It can lead to a sense of relief and purification)
  • Music therapy (Through the app, music selected by specialists can be provided in each situation.
  • The 24-hour emergency system

Generative systems

  • Creating users state of mind map and record their heart rate activity
  • Personal stories
  • Drama therapy, colour therapy

On ideas of service design, we have discussed an approach combined with various fields, not only one service. We have discussed and developed ideas available on online platform focused on physiological therapy, not face to face service seeing doctors in person.We have taken mind equilibrium service into consideration, supplied through art therapy music application proven by the previous research.  Since panic disorder can deteriorate, arising from the fear of self-insecurity, the reality that patients have access to data proven by specialists and are resorting may render a sense of security to the users.

It’s perplexing that the aim of the experiment cannot come up with its solution in a direct way. My idea extracted from a group activity is as follows:  Several colours generated from colour therapy which has been used in real fields when users’ feelings are inserted are classified. Their heart rate bot has been visualised by means of simple devices.We produce generate system extracted from colour and heart rate bot data. It’s a sort of campaign like project arousing awareness of mental illness. I going to materialise the view on this project as my personal work through in-depth of research.

Post 6//Scraping the web for data

By miyoung kang

For this task, I have chosen to scrape data from Twitter which is one of the most popular social media platforms today. Twitter is a Social Network Service that enables users to share or communicate their opinions and thinking through short messages called “tweets” within 140 characters. This is an online space which users can up load their daily moment and feeling in the literal sense of the word “twitter”. I think this is a social Network Service combined with the function of blog and messenger. The main function of Twitter is called “follow” which users can subscribe to someone who they are interested in. They follow others who have similar thoughts or are impressed and then add them as their “follower”. With that, the users can share and read their information, feeling, hobby, situation, or state of mind.

The unique qualities are that without their permissions, we can register them as a “follower” and send messages or check their movements. The Twitter’s scope of activity is not only diary, memo, tools of marketing and pen pal but also infinite functions such as conveying breaking news.  The URL is ” ” and its account for the users is displayed “@id”. I think the advantage of Twitter is that in so far as information can be shared and spread in real time immediately, it has faster spreading power than messenger and simple interface rather than blogs.




For my first advanced search I used keywords that relate to my issue, anxiety disorder because I wondered about people’s personal perspectives through their own experiences and then changed the language to Korean using another tool called “Datapipeline” which can export my Twitter searches to Excel in order to compare with its result.

When I tried to search the keyword in English, most of the tweets were users’ personal mentions on anxiety disorder. Sometimes, there were useful and helpful links on mental illness because of the features of the Twitter that can leave message only 140 short characters. I guess they might not had enough space to leave all information. I have observed lots of people just leave their comment without any images.





In the next stage, I tried to use another search tool “Datapipeline” but in this tool, I changed language option to Korean and exported my Twitter searches to Excel and its result was amazing. The data shown in Excel was very detailed and well categorised. Data was classed by id, text, created date, re-tweet counts and hashtags etc. After analysing its data based on excel, I have found very interesting points. First, the most counted re-tweet was emergency news which someone was finding a hospital in a specific area urgently because of the anxiety disorder. People shared that tweet in real time responding immediately. It was re-tweeted over 120 times in a day. Another standing out point was that most of the re-tweets were from celebrities or other media’s links. Most of the tweets were just personal mention at that moment. It was not positive but negative.

Below is a five-point summary of my findings:

  1. Most of the tweets I viewed mentioned anxiety disorder in some kind of both negative and positive contexts. But most of these tweets like their personal state of mind were not retweeted. The users retweeted only celebrities’ tweets or particular links based on news or events regarding this keyword.
  2. Tweeter has an easy connection between users, also the spread of information is very fast.
  3. Most of the negative contexts mentioned that they have panic and anxiety disorder. On the other hand, positive contexts were mentioned, loving and cheering messages for their friends. Otherwise, sometimes there were tweets mentioning others’ experiences. Some were jokes unrelated to the medical phenomenon of mental illnesses.
  4. There were a lots of accounts that just anxiety is totally different from anxiety disorder and we need its understanding.
  5. The users looked like focusing on their state of mind at that time based on my keyword rather than specific information.


Post 7//Issue mapping

By Miyoung Kang



Mapping Exercise, 2016

From Week 3 to Week 5, through the group exercise, we have created a visual map in order to approach the connection and interaction of human and non-human stakeholders based on mental issues. In the first stage, we have tried to divide the causes of mental illnesses into simply right and left parts. We have covered human oriented causes – racism, friends, family and depression placed in human part, while environment, natural disaster, alcohol and drugs are placed in non-human part. We have researched the relationship between them in depth, putting every closer related word horizontally and discussed why other members wanted to place each words differently. In the next stage, we have explored to extract 5 different words from a number of stakeholders; accessibility, youth, advertisement, relationship and ignorance than under those each words, we tried to reassign left words we made. Also using six adjectives, emotional, social, disruptive, actionable and factual that can divide those stakeholders largely, we have tried to be placed in each part. Also using six adjectives, emotional, social, disruptive, actionable and factual that can divide those stakeholders largely, we have tried to be placed in each part.




When we have assigned each stakeholder, there were some factors that we have thought differently in emotional and social sections. I was thinking that some word belongs to an emotional section but other member placed some words in a social section or below the disruptive section and they have explained their opinions. We  have also exercised negative and positive areas, divided into two parts. The most interesting point was the stakeholders placed in the middle of two sections.


What I have leaned is that I could listen to a variety of opinions from my group members and discuss our perspectives. It was a very interesting and beneficial experiment. Through the result we explored, I will further gain more insight into my design process.  Furthermore, I will consider developing the visual mapping that involves discussions and actors with questions that can gain further understanding, connection and interaction on relevant section in the next stage.

Post5//Interview Related Mental Health


By Miyoung Kang


Recently, I have seen a cardiologist in order to treat heart attack and anxiety disorder. One out of tests was checking my heart beating through a monitor around the clock. I received a small device which could check my hearth beating and had to return it after 24 hours. It was interesting that I took on my action per hour and my emotion in company. As above mentioned, I was diagnosed with heart attack which could end up with anxiety disorder or vice versa. The doctor said that it is unclear which one comes first and we cannot know the progressing at this time.It was very impressive that psychological and emotional records were referred to during the process of medical treatment through specialists.  So I have decided to probe a similar experiment to an interviewee and through its result and the interviewee’s answers I will explore my research and issues more in depth.



  1. When you heard the term, anxiety disorder or panic disorder, how was your feeling?

I thought that it is like a sense of extreme anxiety from personal trauma.

2. Do you know what kind of symptoms those suffering from anxiety disorder have? 

I’ve read interview of few celebrities who look fine, but they have a hidden illness of panic disorder. They said this illness becomes to be discomfort or impossibilities of living daily life, because it is fear which is similar as feeling of death.

3. What do you think causes those illnesses and brings such symptoms?

At first, all kinds of disease/ illness are caused by ‘stress’ in my point of view. So, anxiety disorder began with stressed out trauma. I think it is kind of an emotional shock with bad memories or experience about specific places and situation. And this is process which pain of psychology responds to physical impact.

4. What is your view on the research that such illnesses may come from physical factors?

It is interesting and I never think about relatives between mental and physical impact.  I’m quite ignorant regarding to this medical correlation. Of course, I thought mental illness caused by also metallic stress or trauma.

5. Regardless of your feeling, have you ever had such experiences sudden fears or heart throbbing?

Yes, I have experienced about feeling similar fears of regardless my emotions. Actually, I sometimes get difficulty with breathing caused by asthma and low blood pressure in unexpected situation or places.

6. When you are not physically good, does it have an effect on mental fitness as well?

Yes, of course. I’m quite sensitive about stress and it becomes to be digestive disorder, dizziness and difficulty with breathing.

7. It is no wonder that many people try to keep back their mental illness because they may suffer social status threat and discriminations. What is your c toward mental illness?

 In my experience at workplace, one of my colleague, who has mental illness, opened out her detail of illness, what’s symptoms come out and excused about her disabilities to our team. After that, all of my team understood her disabilities and recognised what we should take care about her. It develop to be good team work and relationship in positively. I think that coming out of mental illness should recover or getting better than hiding own illness to peers and we need to respect on personal illness whatever physical or psychological matters without any stereotypes.

8. Do you think mental illness is a kind of disability?

Yes, I think mental illness is a kind of handicap which we need to protect and understand.

 9. If there are people who suffer from mental illness around you, how and with what attitude and attitude or perceive will you approach to them?

As I mentioned before, I definitely understand their illness which it is a recoverable illness as like flu of mental when mental illness people bring out their symptoms and suffers.

10. What do you think is the best life balance between mental and physical health?

The best healthy life could be self-satisfaction by balance with rich composure between mental and physical.



Probe Task


In my probe task, I have asked to my interviewee to record her action and emotion together every two hours from 2PM to before the sleeping time and also asked to draw briefly visual obstruct objects that the interviewee want to reflect her emotion on. This probe task is relating my post 4:” Identifying and collecting a design example”. This project was that visitors create their visual obstruct objects that the users could reveal individual state of mind, and with the result its visualised data was displayed collaboratively on the large screen outside Gallery.

Below is the result of interview conducted:

Action Emotion Picture
2:00~3:00 PM waiting for feedback at class bit nervers and confused 01
3:00~4:00 PM just chilling at in front of window came and relax 02
4:00~5:00 PM sitting in the train(on the way to home) careful and thinking something 03
5:00~6:00 PM cleaning my room


6:00~7:00 PM

having dinner with family

happy and stability and relax

7:00~8:00 PM

taking shower

melting and relax

8:00~10:00 PM

doing assessments of uni

confused and concentrating

10:00~11:00 PM

go to bed listening music 

relax and calm  08


Through these interview question and probe task, I could lead to 5 point summaries.

  • The respondent has recognised panic disorder may arise from a sense of extreme anxiety from personal trauma, and that other kinds of mental disease are also from mental problems as well. The fact that physical problems may the cause of the attack is unheard of on the part of the interviewer.
  • the respondent sometimes get difficulty with breathing caused by asthma and low blood pressure in unexpected situation or places. The low condition of her physical health has a great effect on her sensitive mental state, with the result of it digestive disorder, dizziness and difficulty with breathing may be accompanied.
  • However, she has no interest in any special treatment and makes nothing of its result.
  • She is very open minded in mental disorder and she is of the consciousness that patients must be protected and chested.
  • Through the experiment I can observe the respondent behave differently every two hours.  Every action per hour represents different set of mind and she puts up different emotion by means of various shapes.

Post3//Mapping the participants and an image achive

By Miyoung Kang

Visual mapping


Initial stakeholder map by group 

This is an exercise to create a visual map of stakeholders involved in the mental health issue. Through this group exercise, the map shows the relationship, connection and interaction divided in non-human and human participants. We have tried to divide the causes of mental illnesses into non-human and human stakeholders. We cover human oriented causes – racism, friends, family and depression placed in human part, while environment, nature disaster, alcohol and drugs are placed in non-human part. We have researched the relationship between them, putting every closer related words horizontally.


Image Archive

Image 1

The Scream


(Edvard, M. 1893)

This works was created by the Expressionist artist Edvard Munch. The works show a figure with an agonized expression against a landscape with a tumultuous orange sky.

“I was walking along the road with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.”

He featured his desperate state of mind in a dynamic curve made up of red clouds and the screaming figure at the bottom of the painting took on a ghost – connotation. The imagery of The Scream has been compared to that which an individual suffering from depersonalization disorder experiences and a feeling of distortion of the environment.

It’s maintained that Munch distorted one despair – stricken person to dramatically show off his character. It’s the first work that I came to be reminded of associated with my issue.


Image 2

My Anxious Heart


 “They keep telling me to breathe. I can feel my chest moving up and down. Up and down. Up and down. But why does it feel like I’m suffocating? I hold my hand under my nose, making sure there is air. I still can’t breathe.” (Kaite. C, 2015)

These series of images were taken by LSU photography student Katie Joy Crawford in preparation for her senior thesis exhibition titled “My Anxious Heart.”. She has personally suffered from anxiety disorder a long time and she chose to display a series of self-portraits internally experienced on her own.

The project described that how depleting emotionally and physically anxiety and panic disorder can be from a personal perspective. Crawford says, she hopes that her photos will help people to understand this burden that so many bear in our society. The images have also become a type of beneficial therapy for herself.


image 3

My Anxious Heart


“My head is filling with helium. Focus is fading. Such a small decision to make. Such an easy question to answer. my mind isn’t letting me. It’s like a thousands circuits are all crossing at once.” (Kaite, C. 2015)


The picture shows what reaction it brings to us physically when anxiety disorder strikes. I am one of the sufferers from such illness. Holding breath, it’s a feeling that I may suffer death.  Hard of breathing, I can’t tell what the cause is – feeling fear from hard breathing or the other way around. What is threatening to me is to be driven into extreme panics in body and mind combined.


image 4

My Anxious Heart


“Cuts so deep it’s like they’re never going to heal. Pain so real, it’s almost unbearable. I’ve become this… this cut, this wound. All I know is this same pain; sharp breath, empty eyes, shaky hands. If it’s so painful, why let it continue? Unless… Maybe it’s all that you know.” (Kaite, C. 2015)

This picture has the feeling that we are put into the confusion – body shattered. Hands are trembling and heart is bursting beating. We feel nausea and stomach breaking. People may slight that it is an illusion or fantasy but it only beams on the surface of things. On the part of me is a real happening, not a fake.


image 5

My Anxious Heart


“ I’m afraid to live and I’m afraid to die. What a way to exist.”(Kaite, C. 2015)

This photo shows a sever anxiety attack can masquerade as a purgatorial life. Although I have been suffering from the disease in the flesh, I cant understand what has happened there either. All I can is wait for the nightmare to fade away with time. I have come through that ailments and felt the terror of death on all such occasions. In company with the panic, I have felt like heart splitting.

image 6

My Anxious Heart


“Depression is when you can’t feel at all. Anxiety is when you feel too much. Having both is a constant war within your own mind. Having both means never winning.” (Kaite, C. 2015)

Depression and anxiety are different types of mental illness. Anxiety disorder may arise irrespective of my state of mind. The photo really captures the patient’s character that fuss comes about unwittingly and the other self substitutes and dominates part of the real self.

image 7



(Edvard, M. 1894)

Munch’s painting Puberty, depicts a young naked girl sitting on the edge of a bed. Her legs are pressed together. She holds her hands in front of her body; one lies between her knees, while the other rests on her right thigh. She stares straight ahead with eyes wide open. Her mouth is closed and her long hair hangs down over the shoulders. The light enters from the left, and behind her a dark, ominous shadow is visible. The motif is often regarded as a symbol of anxiety and fear, a young girl’s awakening sexuality and the changes a young person experiences physically and psychologically on the path towards adulthood.

The subject deals with an air of anxiety and terror touching on an adolescent girl – further more her own self and the painter cant be an exception.


image 8

Millions words in one picture


(Unknown author.2016)

I have a feeling of the picture’s message mixing with the subject just right. A presentiment has come to me that it will have a great ripple effect. The victim has not contracted an incurable disease. We must tune to the subject and take more interest in your warm helping hand. Low self – esteem is a far worse affliction than the illness. They have a natural right to win free from any social prejudices or bias.

image 9

 The Neue Gallery Poster



Egon Schiele is well known as student and successor to Gustav Klimt. And the truth is Schiele has no room for gift or chance compared with Klimt. Schiele’s picture dose not indulge in romantic or ornamental trends as opposed to Klimt. His pictures are touched  with something grotesque, outrageous and sombre. This works are inspired with a touch of death terror, furlive fleshly sense and misgivings of real human being, leading an offbeat world of art works. It is shown in his first private exhibition in 1915. he thin and tired figure shot by an arrow clamours toward the crowd.


No titled work


(Unknown author.2016)

‘Image8’ and ‘Image9’ have come from the same vein. As claimed in the former post, mental illness is no target of criticism or covering up. Life is win a few, lose a few. We all want hands from others, esp. Specialists in company with the sick. No one is an island, entire of himself. We cant live apart from other people. I think, this really is the realisation of social intercourse aim.


Edvard, M, 1893, The scream, viewed 16 August 2016, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design <>

Kaite, J. 2015, My Anxious Heart, viewed 29 August 2016, PetaPixel <>

Edvard, M, 1895, Puberty, viewed 16 August 2016, wikipedia, <>

Unknown author, 2016, Millions words in one picture, viewed 16 August 2016, 9GAG <>

Egon, S, 1915,The Neue Gallery Poster, viewed 16 August 2016,The Neue Gallery <>

Unknown author, 2016, No titled work, viewed 16 August 2016, HealthyPlace <>