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Xiaotian (Gina) Sun

MA work

MA work


You breathe the city and the city also breathes you back.

An interactive city shelter of urban lifestyle, expressing the relationship between city and its dwellers through the action of breathing.

In Schrödinger's book What is Life?, he originally stated that 'what an organism feeds upon is negative entropy,' and 'the essential thing in metabolism is that the organism succeeds in freeing itself from all the entropy it cannot help producing while alive.'

A city, accordingly, increases its entropy through problems such as air pollution, traffic jams, information overload and so on. Meanwhile, these urban issues actuate citizens who are anxious and distressed. Breathing is believed to be the simplest way of accelerating the increase in entropy through metabolism. People are noticeably relaxed and find it easier to concentrate after deep breathing. This city shelter is going to be a curative pathway in our city, transforming anxiety into relief. You breathe the city and the city also breathes you back, making up a mutual beneficial connection.



  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2015

  • Designer and editor. My major research directions include design ethnography, human interaction communications, user-centred research, experience design and  information visualisation. The main forms of my work are interactive installation and information visualisation, which focus on the relationship between city and people, the lifestyle of urban living in the information age.
  • Degrees

  • BA International Trade, Dalian University of Technology
, 2010
  • Experience

  • Editor and reporter, Art & Design Publishing United, Beijing, 2010–13; Visiting lecturer, Beijing Institute Of Fashion Technology, Beijing, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • Asian Students Product Collaborative Development Workshop, IRIS Corporation ,Sendai, 2007; Dongseo University Footwear Design Workshop, Dongseo University, Busan, 2008; Yesterday’s Wrong Thinking, Southwark Park Gallery, London, 2014; Physics in a Dark Space, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, 2014; 2014 Nodem, Wilanów Palace, Warsaw, 2014; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London 2015
  • Publications

  • ‘From sensible technology to interactive experience-A glimpse at future developing trends of wearable design', Magazine ,2014