Wearables and Material Talk at Soft Lab at ITP, NYU (Nov 15th, 2012)
In the middle of my visiting fellowship at Cornell, I stop by New York City to talk at the Soft Lab in the ITP floor where I wanted to talk most among my home community!
The Soft Lab is cozy and people were busy with their ITP Sprint Show but, it turned out great and heated with their interests!
October has kicked in with busy but, very exciting schedule!
Cornell University Oct 17th, 2012 Wednesday 10 am
As a visiting artist/scholar at Cornell Unviersity (thanks to the invitation from Dr. Geri Gay & Leo Kang at Information Science,) Younghui participated at The Breakfast Talk on Wearable Art (shorter concise version) at Information Science Department at Cornell University. There were good group of audience made of BFA students to PhD candidates and professors from both Fine Art School and Information Science School. She has presented some of her wearable projects and her inspiration and interests in old and new smart materials. The room had a great energy and she has received great feedback from everyone.
Younghui had scheduled a three day trip to Chicago on the way to Ithaca, NY and Insook Choi from Columbia College of Art has invited her to give a special talk at Creative Technologies Forum in front of members of the provost office, faculty and students from Art + Design Dept, Fashion Studies, Product Design Dept. Younghui gave one hour presentation on her teaching method, philosophy as well as presented selective wearable projects. She had a very heated Q & A session with positive feedback and idea.
Professor Jan Lagerwall has asked me to present at his class at the Dept of Nano-Technologies, GSCST, Seoul National University last March. It was really interesting to talk about Wearable Art and how artist’s mind influences the creative process in front of scientists. The audience all seemed deeply interested in different examples of application related with nano-material technologies and I had felt a very good energy in the classroom during my presentation. I had a good discussion and dialogue with other professors afterward. My talk was in English.
The abstract of the presentation is below:
Pushing the Boundary of Art and Technology: Wearable Technology Art and Else
In the process of creating, artists have been playing with technology since old days, whether they are technology of materials like fresco paints, acrylic, or new media platform like photography or computer generated art. Artists try to push the boundary of art wider, sometimes aided with technology and at the same time, one can see that scientists also try to push the boundary of human knowledge through applications in human lives. I am here to show you some small examples of what happens when technology meets art. Through artistic experiments that may seem useless, innovative idea may become a real application and product one day, I hope.
I will present and discuss about my current wearable technology projects in sense of how it was inspired and what kind of process it took to become a working prototype, especially in sense of how I take and understand technology in artist’s point of view.
Art and Science are very close but, often the approaches take its differences. Dealing with art & technologies, I found it hard to balance both as they often come from two different directions. There are no right or wrong approaches but, one thing sure is that you have to have an open mind to be creative!