non-verbal communication

non-human communication

Possibilities of communication


On one hand, I have this question myself because of my English level.One the other hand, I am interested in different forms of expression in different cultures, especially a couple of years ago, when I went to Sri Lanka,  people there nodded their heads mean”NO” while shaking their heads to present “yes”. That has push me into trouble several times. Then I started to think about the boundaries and possiblies of communication.


1.Differences in nonverbal communication patterns such as gestures around the world.

2.What kinds of misunderstandings may be caused by cultural differences??

3.Besides language, what is the quickest and effective way to communicate?

4.The impact of globalization on Culture.

5.How people will communicate in the future?

6.The ability of human beings to capture facial expressions.

7.How Emoji spread all over the world?

8.Will high tech weaken our ability of expressive ?

9.What is the communication boundary of artificial intelligence? If communication does not require  language and characters, can it be possible for human beings to communicate with plants and animals?

10.How humans communicate before language was born?

11.Quantum physics can be interpreted that, the feelings and dialogue between people can be seen as the exchange of particles, particle collisions also establish the next chain reaction. At present, the NMR technique based on quantum physics has been developed. Can people use the vibrations of particles to communicate with each other  in the future ?

12.What opportunities are presented through disembodied communication from non-human communication?






1.Contexual research of the disembodied communication we use today. In history, what are the effective ways to non-verb communicate?

2.Have plants or animals ever sent signals to humans?

3.Look at debate of whether the development of science and technology have good or bad influence on human relationship and communication.

4.Investigate how animals communicate with each other. How plants communicate with each other? Can animals communicate with plants?


The purpose of communication is to understand other people quickly, if both parties have cultural differences, corresponding expressions are different, so are the ways of understanding which may not reach the effective communication; instead, it may cause unnecessary misunderstandings.

Communication won’t die because of the development of science and technology. We still have a bright, positive future.

Sherry Turkle suggests we can hide from each other even though we are more electronically connected. She points out we’re not building relationships with each other, but building relationship with technology as if it’s a real thing. Turkle explains that technology doesn’t empathize, and doesn’t experience death or disappointments. Instead we select to use technology when we feel vulnerable and technology provides us with an illusion of comfort and of being in control.



High technology is gradually reducing face-to-face communication, there’s a lot of debate around whether it has bad influence on relationships or not . Actually In fact, majority of designs and documents that are relevant to the future are negative now.

I want to inspire people to think positively about the future through my design.




Firstly research

1.Observe people’s facial expressions, language expressions, and think about the limitations of verbal communication.

2.Interview people “what do you think of the relationship between human beings and animals and plants?” (I’ll list better and more detailed questions latter).

Secondly research

Projects that I am going to investigate

1.Sherry turkle alone together.

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.

2.Embodiment and communication technology.

3.Choy kai fai.

In a relevant part of his projects Ka Fai opts for an invasive employment of technological means on the body of performers or audience as well as stage props to deal with the mediated re-enactment of consecrated dance pieces through video-archives and electrical muscle stimulation.

The quantification and assessment of brain cortical activity during dance performances has led Ka Fai to experimenting on reactions and learning processes of the dancers dealing with data charts, graphs, transmissions and interpretations of movements based on recorded and live actions.

4.Face body technology communication.

Books that I am going to read

1.《Face-to-face communication over the Internet:emotions in a web of culture, language, and technology》(Arvid Kappas,2011-07-25,Cambridge University Press)

2.《The body in human inquiry : interdisciplinary explorations of embodiment》(Vicente Berdayes, LUIGI ESPOSITO, John W. Murphy,2004,Hampton Press)

3.Papers related to “communication between plants”.


1.I will design a device which offer opportunities to non-human communication, chatting with your succulents may be a new way to relieve stress.

2.Make a wearable device for receiving signals from other organisms.

3.I aim to create an digital experience to fancy my audiences, they can interact with planets by their action. For example, if audience stares at the plant, the plant will bloom.(reference:Teamlab)

4.Combines non-verb communication, non-human communication, text communication together, audience interact with( touches, smile on, stares at….)organism, then organism will analyze audience’s facial expression and print out what they wanna say to audience. I hope to raise people’s thinking about the possibility of future innovation in the way of communication , maybe anything could understand exactly what you are mean without talking.



9-month limit:

1.Literature review, write articles after watching.(two weeks)

2.Firstly research.(one week)

3.Develop idea, rewrite context.(one week)

4.First prototype, test prototype and collect feedbacks.(three weeks)

5.Second prototype.(three weeks)

6.Repeat the steps above.(-)