It was a pleasant surprise for me to meet the reporter, Younhee Kim from the Science Times who discovered my exhibition via internet. We had a great conversation (interview) and the result is in the article. The article is in Korean.
김영희 작가의 ‘러닝(RUNNING)’이라는 웨어러블 미디어아트(wearable media art) 전시회가 갤러리 자작나무 사간점에서 이달 29일까지 열린다.
웨어러블 미디어아트는 말 그대로 옷이나 모자 등에 새로운 플랫폼을 개발해 콘텐츠를 넣는 예술이다. 쉽게 설명하자면 사람의 신체리듬, 습도, 온도, 제스처. 기물에 부딪힘 등을 컴퓨터 작은 마이크로 컨트롤러, 센서, 테크놀로지 자재를 이용해 시각화하거나 옷으로서 표현해내는 예술이라고 할 수 있다.
그런데 웨어러블 미디어아트는 대부분 퍼포먼스를 위해 만들어진 작품이다. 고개를 갸웃거리나 움직일 때 모자가 그 움직임에 따라 물처럼 움직이며 빛을 내며 시각화된다. 즉, 모자를 써야만 웨어러블 미디어아트는 작동이 되는 셈이다. 그래서 관객들은 보기에 아름답고 신기할 뿐 작품 뒤에서 어떤 기술들이 작동되는지 알 수 없다.
‘웨어러블’ 미디어아트의 해체와 재구성된 전시회
이번 전시회 ‘러닝’은 바로 관객들에게 이런 부분에 대한 이해를 돕고 있다. 작품을 해체해서 하나의 작품으로 만들어 노출시켜 액자에 넣어서 보여주고 있기 때문이다. 과거 웨어러블 미디어아트를 다시 분리해내서 미적으로 다시 재구성해 전시되고 있다고 할 수 있다. 게다가 전시 작품과 관련 있는 웨어러블 미디어아트 영상을 보여주고 있어 좀 더 작품이 친숙하게 다가온다.
이번 전시회의 주제 ‘러닝’ 또한 컴퓨터 소프트웨어 프로그램을, 프로젝트를 미디어아트 작품을, 퍼포먼스 등을 ‘러닝’해야 하는 웨어러블 미디어아트의 특성을 압축해 보여주고 있다. 그리고 아주 동 떨어진 분야처럼 느껴지는 기술과 예술이 얼마나 잘 어우러지는지를 드러내고 있어 기술과 예술의 융합에 대해 생각해볼 수 있는 시간이 될 수 있을 것이다.
Media City Seoul 2012, Da Vinci Creative Technology Art exhibition,
Younghui’s new wearable art project, ‘Gravity of Light’3D printed textile wearable hat is finally completed three months after her team got a Da Vinci Creative Grant funded by Seoul Foundation of Art and Culture & Art Space Guemcheon. This exhibition was held with Media City Seoul 2012 (Seoul Media Art Biennale) from Sept 10th – October 9th, 2012
“Gravity of Light” – Interactive Wearable using 3D printed smart textile
What if light on the surface of the wearable textile behaves like it has gravity… It started with this simple idea of light having gravity like water.
“Gravity of Light” is a wearable technology art made of 3D printed smart textile that displays the wearer’s natural movement of head such as tilting. With embedded custom designed electronic circuitry in a hat, light pixels move on the surface of the hat flowing toward titled direction.
This project was funded by Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul Art Space GEUMCHEON as apart of 2012 Da Vinci Idea Competition Grant. Also supported by Hongik University WCU Digital MediaPublic Art Lab (R32-20067)
Copyright 2012, Younghui Kim/ Yejin Cho, All Rights Reserved
만인예술가전 [Lay Artist ] Sept 4th – Oct 6th, 2012 (art center Nabi Gallery)
Exhibition, “Lay Artist” was a group media art exhibition curated by Art Center Nabi. Younghui’s original piece from 2008 exhibition in Dallas, “Social Fabrics” was invited to show in this exhibition. (artwork titled “Stir It On! 부딪쳐라!”)
She showcased one original (still in a good condition after five years) piece along with new edition created with a different technique and parts. Along with one-month long exhibition, she taught a special two day workshop on Wearable Technology for public applicants. It was held at Art Center Nabi gallery – Aug 22, 23rd.
Her interview titled as “Wearable Computing as Art” is included in their in depth catalog.
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!
Last Thursday (Nov 24, 2011) in Seoul was a cold night. Younghui was the second speaker along with other two guest speakers. She spoke about media-fied fashion in relation to media-fied architecture, showing architectural projects that are related to wearable media art projects. With the title of talk, “Media-fy Yourself”-복식을 미디어화하다 – she presented her past & current wearable art projects and emphasized that one can now choose one’s media platform in order to express or communicate instead of staying inside of one kind of media platform.
This year’s Junglim Forum is about “Raw Innovation” “Cooked Innovation” and there were total of 8 speakers from various field of new media, dance, performance, design and etc – total of three occasions in July, Sept, and Nov.
Thank you for the kind support of Junglim foundation, there were dinner sandwiches, red wine, chocolates and good company and talks.