Derek Kwan - polyhealth (2019)
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In my Polyhealth series of images, I used p5.js to both chop up images related to several of my health issues (a shrimp allergy and glaucoma) and overlay visual representations of the Polybius square (an ancient Greek encoding scheme that associates letters with pairs of numbers) which encode thoughts and anxieties related to these issues. I also printed QR codes to display next to these printed images that link to animated versions hosted online.

In Polyshrimp, I address my adult-onset shrimp allergy and foods I can't eat anymore due to my shrimp allergy. Polybius square phrases include "seafoodgumbo", "meifun", "instantnoodles", and "wontonnoodles". In the background, a chopped up public domain shrimp appears originating here. The animated version can be found here.


In Polyeye, I address my glaucoma, which I've had since my teens. Polybius square phrases include "youngestatthedoctor", "eyedropseveryday", and "eyelidassistance". The animated version can be found here.