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SHOW RCA 2013

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Show RCA 2013 begins with the Fashion Show on 29 May, and continues from 20 to 30 June, in six buildings across the College’s two campuses in Battersea and Kensington.

I am presenting my recent project ‘The Republic of Privacy’ in the show, please come visit and share your opinion with me!

Please see more information via the link below:

http://show2013.rca.ac.uk

 

 

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Lay Artist

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The advent of ‘Lay artist’ in the new media age

Art signifies creative human practices that produce aesthetic works. Therefore, artists are ‘people who engage in the creation of art’. In the past, those who created aesthetic works under the categories of painting, sculpture, and crafts were called artists. But since the 20th century, people who generated new thoughts and concepts in the fields of art, music, literature, dance, and so on took over the status of artists. New types of art such as photography, film, media art, game, fashion, etc., rose one after the other. The boundaries and concept of art, except for the common ground that art signifies ‘creative human practices’, is constantly transforming/expanding even at this moment. Thus, the phrase ‘Everyone is an Artist’ implies that all of those engaged in creative practices are artists.

Creative practices do not simply indicate preexisting boundaries of art. There is a former engineer who worked as a Creative Commons activist for copyright sharing and ultimately became an artist who kindly shares her own drawings. There also is a multicultural theater company which members shed the biased social minority image that was given to them and stood tall as proud actors. Disabled artists, who had difficulties looking at their own exhibition, met with non-disabled artists and threw a festival with their collaboration artworks, and a ‘visually impaired band’ was reborn as a ‘office worker band with nothing to see or lose’ and went onstage in front of the whole nation.  The achievements of all of these people are creative practices. Thus, the phrase ‘Everyone is an Artist’ goes beyond the original areas of art.

Tree Planet, which kills two birds with one stone by planting an actual tree in the desert when a tree is grown in a mobile application; an open source crowd map, Ushahidi, which creates a joint map by gathering information from individuals through the Internet; a social game, Free Rice, which donates rice every time a quiz is answered correctly – these are all projects that splendidly combine digital media and social change. Organizations such as Kiple and Kozaza experiment with ‘a sharing economy’ which is more meaningful than an owned business: ‘Miracle Bookshelf-BOOKGIVE’ that distributed around 100,000 books across the country employing just the service of SNS and voluntary participation – these are all doers who construct innovative models. All of them are creative activists, hence ‘Artists’.

Opening on September 4th 2012, Art Center Nabi’s exhibition «Lay artist» boasts a thousand participating artists in accordance with the title. But September 2012 is also the biennale season in the Korean art world. Gwangju Biennale, Busan Biennale, Daegu Photo Biennale, as well as Seoul International Media Art Biennale, all open in September. As you all know, biennales are comprised of star artists with recognition from the international art world. That being said, Art Center Nabi’s exhibition «Lay artist» is an instance of an ‘anti-biennale’, since it is an exhibition with not only media artists recognized in the art world, but also artists from the general public, or ‘Lay Artists’.

‘Lay Artist’ is a new word coined from layman, which signifies general people or commoners. These people are leading agents who transform themselves and the society through creative practices in their fields, regardless of the art world’s evaluation on their works. They are the quiet leaders of the so-called ‘Everyday Life Revolution’ and at the same time the epitome of next-generation artists acknowledged by Art Center Nabi. The existence of Lay Artist is even more noteworthy as it is evidence that everyone has a creative spirit, a revolutionary seed, the DNA of an artist. (via Artcenter Nabi)

 

One my wearable art pieces, Swing Skirt, will be shown in the Lay Artist with other amazing artists works. Surely it will be a great art festival to see and experience the bunch of art conference, performance and art and design pieces in Seoul which will open in 4th September.

 

To visit Artcenter Nabi’s website to see more information.

http://www.nabi.or.kr

 

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Artscience Workshop: Le Laboratoire de Paris

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Soomi is going to be attend as a member of RCA mentor group (with Agatha Haines and Louis Buckley) in this year’s Artscience Workshop: Le Laboratoire de Paris from 23rd to 30th on June.

“The 5th annual Artscience Workshop will focus the considerable attention of more than 70 students, 7 accomplished speakers, and a diverse set of mentors and faculty on Virtual Worlds. The Artscience Workshop was first conceived in 2007 by David Edwards as an opportunity for Harvard undergraduate students (in a course titled ES147: Idea Translation: Experiments in Arts and Science) to travel to Le Laboratoire (the newly opened art and exhibition center in the heart of Paris) and continue to develop their ideas through cultural incubation and design. The Workshop nearly doubled in size every year and has hosted speakers from leading European and American Universities as well as serial entrepreneurs and world renowned artists. Initially student ideas covered a breadth of cultural and commercial applications from museum discovery tools, to molecular gastronomy, off-grid lighting, and breathable foods. Today all Artscience Labs entities work towards Annual Themes driven by expert mentoring and exhibition opportunities. This year, Artscience Labs will explore the theme of Virtual Words.

At  the  workshop  students  interact   with  international  experts, students  from  other  ASP  and  Idea Translation Lab  sites  throughout  Europe,  Asia,  and   the  United  States.    During  the  workshop  students  work  on  art  and  design  development,  business  plan   development,  intellectual  property,  presentation  skills,  prototyping  with  designers  and  team-­?building  that   will  facilitate  translating  their  ideas  further.”

 

To get more information, please visit the official site of workshop: http://www.artscienceworkshop.com

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B.Y.O.B Seoul (Bring Your Own Beamer)

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BYOB is an acronym for “Bring Your Own Beamer”. In Europe projectors are often referred to as “beamers”.?BYOB is a series of one-night-exhibitions curated by different people around the world. The idea is simple: Find a place, invite many artists, ask them to bring their projectors.

BYOB is an idea by Rafaël Rozendaal. The first edition of BYOB was initiated by Anne de Vries & Rafael Rozendaal in Berlin. (via www.byobworldwide.com)

I will participated in the first BYOB Seoul in 24th of June at Gallery LVS (Seoul, Korea), and showing her “Beamers”, LED Eyelash and Analog Turns. ?At this exhibition, she will present new messages with the Analog Turns by the collaboration with a Japanese media artist, Takahito Irie .

Please come and enjoy this exciting and fun exhibition on this Friday .

For more information, please visit the links, Gallery LVS and BYOB official site:
www.gallerylvs.org

www.byobworldwide.com

Opening : 24th, June, 17:00

Closing : 24th, June, 21:00

Location Address: 565-18 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea (Tel.+82(0)2-3443-7475)

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Patented LED Eyelash

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LED Eyelash has been registered its’ patents by Korean Intellectual Property Office since 09/25/2009.

 

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No Between the Boundarie

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The degree show of Dankook University, < No Between the Boundaries >,
which include Soomi’s class < Innnovation Design >  is ready to open in this Thursday (18th, November).

The department of the class is very unique combination – Fashion + Product Design – and her class aimed to develop the interactive media fashion projects.

There will be many interesting projects not just only for her class’ projects but also diverse subjects.
Please come and see its opening day!

Visit the official website : http://7fashionproduct.com

Please keep your eyes on this website, there will be new posting for the pictures and a website link about this event.

Opening date : 18th, November (this thursday) start at 7:00 pm.
Location : B1, LG Fashion, 617-3, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

 

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B.Y.O.G.B vol.6 : FOLD DEAD !

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FOLD DEAD ! B.Y.O.G.B Vol.6 was an event for art, performance, music, chat and hanging together in Honik area and under ther Seogang bridge Seoul at 2nd of October, 2010.
Soomi’s Swing Skirt supposed to be hanging under the Seogang bridge as like last event Rock. Scissors. Paper. B.Y.O.G.B Vol.5 but unfortunately it couldn’t completely installed with swollen rain water.
For all that, it was really awesome event with lots of people who were there !

Many thanks to Jamie Bruno and Peter Kim to help me to install and de-install the piece with pleasure. And great photos credit to Lenny Corea and xoxokids Chad.

You can check to get more photos and info about this event to visit KalmontFamily and thexoxokids sites.
participated artists, stars, drama queens:
sixcoin >  http://www.sixcoin.com/
Junkhouse > http://www.junkhouse.net/
Laura Heather Hobson > http://www.lauraheatherhobson.com/
LNY > http://lnylnylny.com/
VS > http://www.vsforce.com/
Eric Davis > http://tinyurl.com/mz6ogf
Jay Electronica >  http://www.myspace.com/jayelectronica
naturalbonrnloosers >http://blog.naver.com/karios http://blog.naver.com/jjonaeggu
Jasooyang > http://www.ssszzz.net/
the machine known as Steve

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Tweak

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Tweak was founded in 2008 as a platform for the digital arts and contemporary electronic music. Currently located in Limerick Ireland. Tweak aims to promote understanding of the use of technology within our culture and to explore contemporary issues. ?Soomi’s LED Eyelash is selected one of pieces for this year’s Tweak exhibition which will start from this friday (17th Septmeber) to 24th of this month. If you are around, please to stop by this awesome event and specially watch LED Eyelash performance on opening and closing day.

Opens 6pm Friday 17th – 10pm Friday 24th

Church Gallery Space, Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick, Ireland (Free entry)

Curator’s Statement (via Tweak webpage)

Digital technology has become a medium that has redefined the arts broadening horizons and changing practices. The works in this exhibition explore interactivity and the possibilities opened up by multimedia and electronic technologies to create immersive experiences while bringing physicality and play to the digital medium. These interactive installations and sculptures have the unique ability to change and respond to the presence of a viewer and engage an audience in physical interaction via unexpected narratives.

This year’s exhibition showcases a range of experimental objects from international artists. These works not only provide a platform for collective exchange between viewer and the artwork but also call for invention, which connects with real complicated pleasures of the human senses and the curious mind. These objects are the products of non-linear thinking where technologically enhanced artifacts trigger a play with senses. Going beyond the realm of mere possibilities and technical prowess the artists here demonstrate fascinating objects that reveal technology’s true language, physical qualities and stunning beauty.

These artists visualize personal and social issues by providing alternate perspectives and expand our understanding of technology and what it can achieve. Beyond the technologies themselves, the attitudes and motivations of the artists featured, their search for meaning, quality represents a broader societal phenomenon and aspirations of a new generation of artists.

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print (“HELLO ARDUINO”)

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Soomi and Kisoon Eom (adjunct professor of physical computing of dankook university and member of “Random Walks”) assisted by Honam Kim (student of digital art at seoul institut of the arts ) are organizing a workshop for “arduino” beginners at Platoon Kunsthalle. The participants will get to know about the basics of “arduino”, The use of sensors and other off-sources. this is a good occasion for those, who are generally interested in media art and in the “arduino” technique, but don´t know how to approach it in an easy and fun way. From 21 july there will be four sessions from 7 pm to 10 pm at the think tank (seminar room in the 3rd floor) for free.

Please register until the tuesday before the referring workshop day at Soomi’s email : park dot soomi at gmail dot com (copy the address into your e-mail client and replace _at_ with an @ and _dot_ with a .)

The workshop is limited to 20 people. as we do not provide the technical equipment, please bring your own as given below.
program:4 sessions

21 july – introduction and installation of “arduino”, digital input output

28 july – analogue input output

4 august – understanding and use of sensors

11 august – connection with external programs (processing, max/msp)
necessary equipment you have to bring:
– laptop (operating system is not relevant)

– 1 arduino duemilanove/328

-1 breadboard

-1 usb cable

-3 led red, 3 led blue

– 2 ldr (cds)

– 10 each: resistance 220 ohm, 270 ohm, 1k ohm, 10 k ohm

-1 variable resistor 10 k ohm?- 1 piezo (vibrate sensor and buzzor)

– 4 push buttons

– 20 jumper wire (about 15 cm)

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B.Y.O.G.B (Bring Your Own Ghetto Bluster) vol 5 : Rock. Scissors.Paper.

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Rock. Scissors. Paper. B.Y.O.G.B Vol.5 was a kind of event for art, dance, chat and hanging together in honik area and under ther seogang bridge,Seoul at 15th of May, 2010.
It was really nice mop which mixed with all those great art scenes toghether with lots of people.

Soomi’s Swing Skirt was hanging under the seogang bridge for the very first time be shown to public after the Anxiety E(A)nd exhibition last year and LED Eyelash was also be there with her.

Thank you for Jamie Bruno who enjoyably played Swing Skirt with her even tooks some possiblity of danger to fall down. And great pictures credit to Lenny Corea, Ahopsi (Kanghee Lee) and xoxokids Chad.

You can check to get more photos and info about this event to visit montFamily and thexoxokids sites.

photo credit to Lenny Corea, Ahopsi (Kanghee Lee)

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Workshop at Platoon Kunstalle’s 1st Anniversary

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Soomi will have a small workshop about ” Fashion Technology” on this Friday night (09, Apr. 2010, 5 -6:30 pm )  at Platoon Kusthalle for their 1 year anniversary. The workshop is going to be composed with a lecture of Soomi’s that is about very basic stuffs of media fashion and making stories for wearable media by participants.?The participants can learn the basics of fashion technology, participatory design, user centered design or some body storming. The workshop won’t meant to be exhaustive understanding of media fashion but to expect participants get interested in more about it afterwards.

The clebrating events of the 1st anniversary of Platoon Kunsthalle is going on during 3 days from 8th to 10th April 2010. If you want to join the events, please check the schedules behind or check the more info at the Platoon Kusthalle’s official announcement link : http://blog.platoon.org/home/6/viewentry/1018

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Anxiety E(A)nd Solo Exhibition

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Soomi Park will have a solo exhibition “Anxiety E(A)nd” which present her new works developed in the artist in residence program of Platoon Kunsthalle. During her studio residency she has got interest of an emotion, Anxiety, to develop her new art works.
In the exhibition “Anxiety E(A)nd” she explores the state of anxieties among young creatives in korea. Three installations provide an interactive experience that encourages visitors to face their anxieties and to find ways of dealing with them. “Anxiety E(A)nd”  is another demonstration of Soomi’s ability to spot urgent social issues and to approach them in a technologically advanced yet entertaining way.

Duration_ November 18 – 28
opening event on November 18th , 7 pm

Location_ PLATOON KUNSTHALLE, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-dong 97-22
Contact_ 02-3447-1191-7, www.kunsthalle.com

Opening Celamony by _  Golden Spun + Bridget
Soonyoung Park

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