Introducing BLUE Scholar: Tony Wang

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My name is Tony Wang, I am a Masters student in the department of Experimental Medicine at McGill University.

During the day, I explore ideas, solve problems and study in the medical sciences. But at home, I use those same research skills to tackle one of my most enjoyed hobbies - repairing and modifying knick-knacks. From computers, to furniture to cars and appliances, I enjoy being able to work with my hands and change the world around me. Over time, this fondness for crafting turned into a curiosity for the things in our everyday.

And it was this curiosity in the everyday that led me to explore the vivid life-story of objects. At first, I was engrossed by the design, economic, societal, historical and engineering ideas and contexts that gave life to the things in our everyday. But the facts about these objects, eventually gave way to a chronology and history of these objects. This chronology forged stories that spans from the birth to death of a thing, often driven by the same ideas and forces which moves society and us, as individuals, along. And just like us, these objects in our lives, exist in a meaningful context that’s worth exploring. And that is what has became my topic of exploration here at Building 21. Discovering and exposing that beautiful story about the things in our lives which we take for granted.

“I break things open, mend them and make them better to ask about why they are.”

an iPhone teardown

an iPhone teardown

To tell that story, I hope to create a work of art that evoke a more instinctual and immediate experience of the historied complexity, depth and beauty of the things, objects and tools that we take for granted in our lives. Taking apart, exposing the unique design and engineering elements and encasing them in a resin matrix to exhibit them all at once to try and let the object, in its most atomic form, tell its own story and let it be in its most authentic way.


1968 Douglas Engelbart Mother of All Demos

"As We May Think", written by Vannevar Bu

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