Exhibition: The Sense of Data – Seoul 2018

 

What can data reveal about us and societies?

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The artist in the project of ‘Out-Layers – Seoul 2018′ at Platform-L.  photo by Samuel An 2018

During the preparation of this art exhibition, I lost my beloved father in Seoul. At the moment, I almost gave up having this exhibition but, miraculously, the timing of installation and equipment rentals have worked out well with the kind helps of many – especially Sam An and Kazan Kang from datacook.  Kazan’s technical support for data algorithm has been critical for my artwork.  Also many thanks to my QUT supervisors: Dr. Jen Seevinck, Dr. Alice Payne and Dr. Jaz Choi.  In the end, I was able to hold this solo art exhibition at the Platform-L Contemporary Art Center from 7th of Nov to 17th of Nov 2018 as a part of Platform-L Live Arts Program 2018. Perhaps dad was looking after me after all…

Art Exhibition by Younghui Kim: The Sense of Data – Seoul 2018

Here is the quickly printed postcard with the artwork, ‘Out-Layers – Seoul 2018‘ – screen version. I had to rush out to the printer during the exhibition as I had a very limited time to prepare. Fortunately, the art exhibition has gotten strong feedbacks in the sense of sharing my artistic view of data from the Seoul audience.

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The Sense of Data series is the third data art series following the series of [Weight of Data 2016-8] and [mood.cloud-Data as Art 2014]. 

In the age of massive data where our action, decisions and opinions are digitally traced, hyper-connected and shared in many technologically developed societies, the artist questions about how our everyday lives are expressed and influenced through data.  This series is composed of 3 artworks; two of them are in a set of a wearable and a screen projection piece of live data associated with Seoul.

Out-Layers – Seoul 2018
In the first set, ‘Out-Layers – Seoul 2018‘, the artist visualizes the live data of selfie-related texts in the public post of Selfie using the hashtag #셀카 in Instagram – ‘셀카’ is pronounced as ‘Selca’ and means ‘Selfie’ in Korean. The algorithm set in the datacook site looks for the Korean words that are associated with five kinds of emotions and thoughts exposed in the Korean selfies in social media, categrized based on thematic analysis; then visualizes into five colors of stripes: daily – green, travel – blue, emotions – yellow, appearance – pink, and promotion – orange.  These bold graphic pattern projected in a large scale on the wall are built and updated with the live data along in parallel with the colourful lights embedded in the wearable version.   Both patterns are inspired by Korean traditional color pattern called, ‘Sakdong’ and Hanbok image collars called, ‘Dong Jeong‘.

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‘Out-Layers Seoul 2018‘ by Younghui Kim.  Platform-L Contemporary Art Center

Please go to the project link here for more info and photos about this work >>>

 

BreatheOut – Seoul 2018

The set of artworks, ‘BreatheOut – Seoul 2018′ visualizes the live data of the air quality of Seoul – specifically the micro dust pollution levels in the district of the gallery is sited.

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BreatheOut – Seoul 2018 by Kim Y.  Air Quality Data Visualization at Platform-L (clear air in Gangnamgu, Seoul after the rain).

The air we breathe out unconsciously gets mixed up with the surrounding air (in Seoul this case), and we share air by breathing in and out. We are interacting with air dust by breathing in and out, and ‘BreatheOut – Seoul 2018‘ visualizes the interaction of our breathing out, blending with the live visualization of the current air dust quality.  The artist relates this idea of data that influences our everyday lives by tracing, sharing and circulating.  Also, the idea of sustainability is apparent with this artistic theme as this wearable, Pancho has been created with a zero-waste pattern; a pattern that does not create trimmed throwaways of the fabric.

The large screen is full of whimsical particles in the shape of circles all moving toward one direction.  The artist visualized the air particles into small circles and refers them as, ‘air bubble’.  These movements of air bubbles are intentionally designed simple but computationally randomized, which creates a meditative environment where one can stare at it for a while. The live data was filtered through an algorithm in the artwork and visualized into tiny moving air bubbles in different color stages based on the AQI (Air Quality Index) Calculator provided by airnow.gov.  Each layer of colors represent PM10 (coarse particle matters) , and PM2.5 (finer particle matters) status and these air bubbles are joined with pink bubbles breathed out through the wearable.  PM refers an air pollutant that is harmful for health when levels in air are high.  Each layer of the air bubbles is displayed in one of three colours depending on the real-time data provided by the Seoul City Open Data API:  green being healthy, orange being sensitive and light pink being unhealthy for some people.

The wearable also displays the color status of micro dust in LEDs embedded, and a breathing sensor is attached to the inner layer of the mask part. We breathe in and out the very same air; therefore, the wearer also participates with the live data visualization with her breathing.

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BreatheOut – Seoul 2018 by Kim Y., micro dust – sensitive and dust -healthy with the wearable piece.
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The Screen Grab of BreatheOut – Seoul 2018 – with the unhealthy micro-dust air quality with the breathing out through the wearable.

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Seeking for Outliers – Seoul 2018

As a part of her PhD research, “Artistic Exploration of Data Through Creative Practice“, Younghui begins to explore the meaning of outliers in data through her art practice and aims to expand the use of real-time data as art material for conceptual art practice through this series. It has been a long process of exploring data through an artistic approach for her already. Therefore, this artwork is the process, not a completion of work.  In Seeking for Outliers, the artist first gathered her words that she posted on the walls of Facebook for ten years of her stay in Seoul – from Feb 2007 to Jan 2017. Apparently, the dataset was large which easily crashed the data analytic tools she played with.

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A view of the exhibition, The Sense of Data at Platform-L Contempoary Art Center 2018

‘Seeking for Outliers’ has begun with the idea of searching for outliers in personal data of the artist. To trace her memories of thoughts, opinions, and actions for the ten years living in Seoul, she first gathered English words as she often posts on the wall in two languages. Then she displayed the words by the counts of the word usage into her artwork to seek for the words that reveal her thoughts based on her memory and experience.

Notably, the artist seeked for the words that were used only once or twice instead of many – such in hundreds. They might be insignificant in counts in data analysis but, these diverse words are far more exciting and significant as they might be a record of passing ephemeral thoughts. For instance, the most repeatedly used word, ‘Happy’ – 400 times, would appear larger in yellow but, it will have lesser significant, therefore, behaves lighter in weights. Its opacity is low and moves slow and floats like air.

Throught ‘Seeking for Outliers‘, Younghui tries to understand the outliers of her past with her own memories and experience and based on its revelation, she expects to continue to further practice with this concept of outliers in the close future.  The video below is a clip where the artist reads word by word out loud during the exhibition.

 

 

An article in Science Times

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With the title, ‘Clothing, hats transform into media art…,’ an article regarding Younghui’s Solo Exhibition ‘RUNNING’ has been published at

http://www.sciencetimes.co.kr/?news=옷-모자가-미디어-예술로

 

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.

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Exhibition, Da Vinci Creative Technology – Media City Seoul 2012

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.

Gravity of Light by Younghui Kim / Yejin Cho 2012

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 Media Public Art Lab (R32-20067)

Copyright 2012, Younghui Kim/ Yejin Cho, All Rights Reserved

Exhibition “Lay Artist”

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!”)

“Stri It On!” at the Art Center Nabi

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.

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Younghui teaching Wearable Technology Workshop at the Art Center Nabi

Body Graffiti v. 2.0

Younghui is working on Body Graffiti version 2.0 currently along other her other series on Wearable Technology Art.  Compared to previous version, this version has double resolution (64 pixel) to draw better graphic and will have better fashion design.  The new CPB is a lot thinner and flexible and modular so it won’t make any wearable bulky and a flat rechargeable Lithium battery with a voltage regulator will be used.    The finished design will be on the blog soon but, here is the cpb version 2.0.

For the finished Body Graffiti version 2.0, Swing Boots, click here to read >>>

Body graffiti version 2.0