Soomi Park is a London-based speculative designer and multimedia artist from Seoul, South Korea. Through her works, she is exploring the complex relationship between emerging technologies and human desires. Her works encompass a wide range of mediums, including interactive installations, speculative objects, film, photography, performance, and wearables.
She is currently pursuing her PhD in the Media and Arts Technology (MAT) programme in School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London, funded by the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). She received her first MA in Digital Media Design from International Design school for Advanced Studies (IDAS) Hong-Ik University in Seoul and completed her second MA in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London.
She has regularly associated with teaching and mentoring at universities and workshops across Europe and South Korea, including the Goldsmiths University of London, Chelsea College of Arts (UAL), RCA and Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design (CIID), to share her knowledge on the critical role of design and emerging technologies in our fast-changing society.
Her work has been featured by numerous online and offline media outlets such as Frame Magazine, ICON, The New York Times, Blueprint Magazine, Vogue Paris, The Guardian/The Observer and Wired UK. Her work has been exhibited in festivals and galleries throughout Europe and Asia, including V&A Museum, the Design Museum, Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne, Science Gallery Dublin and Ars Electronica Linz.
She was selected as one of the Star Designers of the Global Design Leader programme from the South Korean design council, Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) in 2014. She was one of the Designers in Residence at the Design Museum, London in 2017.