Oliver Hua

Mar 2, 2021

4 min read

Unwrap- A book may never be finished.

The first thing I want to say is, when I was doing this video, I was completely apolitical, and I just wanted to speak out about the injustice and the sadness. If you find anything in this video that offends you, please contact me.

I believe in the concept of breaking boundaries, and what I want to do in this project is to present the project in multiple media. I made a video. I made a book, and I made postcards.

I remember the first time I saw the movie eight miles was when I was about the age I was right out of elementary school. At that time, there were no smartphones, only MP4 players, so I watched it on MP4 after downloading it from the internet. At that age, the only images I had of America were those of the superhero movies I’d seen. So after watching eight miles, it made a big difference in my impression of America, Mind-Blowing. And that’s when I learned that America isn’t just… Superman Batman, the Empire State Building, Times Square, yellow cabs, and blondes everywhere. This film’s Detroit is a slum, a factory, a neighborhood, a gang, homelessness, a house. One of the things that stuck with me was the song lose yourself, which is still my favorite song. It’s very motivating.

The point is, watching this movie at now, I saw a lot of things I couldn’t see or understand as a child. 8mile, for example, I now know the backstory of this road. As the long northern border of the city of Detroit, 8 Mile Road has carried major cultural significance; since the mid-20th century it has served as a physical and cultural dividing line between the wealthier, predominantly white northern suburbs of Detroit and the poorer, predominantly black city. The racial patterns have changed somewhat as middle-class African Americans have also moved north of 8 Mile, but the socioeconomic divide between the city and suburbs remains.

So the deeper aspect of the film is Class conflict, a series of social problems brought by the gap between the rich and the poor. How the rich get richer, how the poor get poorer.

UNWARP. https://online.fliphtml5.com/zchzo/vnpx/#p=1

I named the book UNWARP because there are so many unfair things happening in our society. Still, many governments have been slow to solve these problems by completely ignoring them, only when the election calls for votes will I tell those who have been badly treated how I will solve the problem after I am elected, there was no change in the lives of those who were struggling after they finally got the votes. In this book, I put red question marks in all the catalogues because I didn’t think I could write down all the social issues, and if I left anything out, it was disrespectful to the people who were suffering.

Then the first ten or so pages are, on the left, I’ve put some social issues in a plastic bag in the form of type design to echo the theme of UNWARP, and on the right, I’ve changed the accompanying images into a halftone pattern. After that, I put blood on every page in the same way I put a question mark on the table of contents. Then the book is 99 pages long, and on-page ninety-nine, I have this sentence. There is a question mark over this sentence, making it possible for everyone to interpret it differently. My definition of this book is a book that may never be finished.

Postcards with QRcode

Then I printed out the postcards. The thing about postcard design is, on the front is the half-tone pattern from the book, and on the back is the data associated with the problem. The lower left-hand corner also has a QR code. Scanning this QR code can hear a related sound.

The last thing I want to say is that I really want all the people in the world to be treated kindly, although it is cliché.