By Park Han-sol
What caught the eyes of spectators on the opening of the Korean Institute of Architects (KIA) Conference & Exhibition on Oct. 25 of final yr was a masked performer inside a life-size, glass-encased field on the concourse of Tradition Station Seoul 284.
Clad in all-white, she moved slowly but expressively inside the confines of the enclosed area. However simply because the viewers was getting used to gazing at her dance contained in the field, the true performer appeared earlier than their eyes, seemingly out of nowhere.
It did not take lengthy for the gang to comprehend that what that they had been observing was, in truth, a hyper-realistic hologram of the dancer, projected onto a digital display, moderately than her precise bodily presence.
She proceeded to strategy the display, coming face-to-face along with her digital “physique double” in opposition to the compelling music.
The efficiency ultimately took an interactive flip when the viewers was invited to step into the holographic world, placed on a 3D-printed masks and grow to be the protagonists of the present.
This media set up efficiency, “Future Transformation: Digital Confession,” is the brainchild of media artist Lee Kyung-hwa.
“I conceptualized the field within the set up (projecting the holographic picture) as a recent, open model of a confessional,” Lee instructed The Korea Occasions in a current electronic mail interview. “On this area, the place media artwork meets structure, I needed to disclose one’s intimate wishes and bodily nature expressed by way of actions utilizing at the moment’s digital know-how.”
Because the viewers is obtainable an opportunity to have a look at their very own holograms, they start reflecting on the connection between their bodily selves, that are constrained by on a regular basis realities reminiscent of local weather change and socioeconomic standing, and their digital counterparts that appear unaffected — even liberated — from these urgent issues.
“Future Transformation: Digital Confession” is a part of Lee’s longstanding curiosity in exploring how the rise of digital know-how — together with 3D printing and digital actuality — has led to a transformative shift in the way in which people understand their corporeal our bodies and furthermore, the bodily area surrounding them.
Her earlier notable challenge, “Malleable Our bodies,” staged on the Nationwide Museum of Fashionable and Up to date Artwork, Korea (MMCA) Seoul in 2015 and at REDCAT in Los Angeles in 2018, visualized how our our bodies are now not considered as immutable entities.
“3D printing of at the moment is able to creating even pores and skin tissues and organs. The thought hit me that with such technological development, the human physique has grow to be an architectural area that may be formed and designed at will,” the artist mentioned.
“This paradigm is especially noteworthy in Korea, the place for hundreds of years, it was believed that the our bodies we inherited from our mother and father have been unchangeable.”
Her newest efficiency expands upon this concept to focus on that these days, our bodies cannot solely endure important bodily transformations, however exist in a totally digital, immaterial state.
Wanting forward, Lee, who can also be a board member of the Nam June Paik Cultural Basis, strives to ponder the long run path of Korea’s media structure, taking cues from and reinterpreting the inventive spirit of Paik — a consultant determine in inventive experimentation.
She can also be planning an exhibition, the place architects and different creatives can collaborate to deliver different, experimental views to the forefront.
“In an period the place we will create a actuality seemingly indistinguishable from the bodily one, I wish to discover extra of the chances we will construct,” she mentioned.