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[Interview] Wired UK

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Recently, I had been interviewed by Daniel Culpan, a journalist of the Wired UK magazine, talk about The Republic of Privacy project – related to on-going issues around security and privacy invasion. The full interview is available to read by visiting the link below:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-04/28/republic-of-privacy

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[Interview] The Guardian/ The Observer

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I recently had an interview with a journalist from The Guardian/ The Observer, Kit Buchan, about my project, The Republic of Privacy . In the interview I was talked about my research process on the topic, mainly focused on  Sniffer Dog Authentication  .Please read the full article by visiting the link : http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/09/atm-sniffer-dog-privacy-issues-soomi-park-art-design

 

 

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Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne

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One of my projects, The Republic of Privacy  is exhibiting in Biennale International Design Saint-Étienne, in the Hypervital exhibition curated by Benjamin Loyauté since 12th of March 2015. The biennale is one of a major international design event that has started since 1998, “firmly rooted in innovation, prospective and research through design”. This year’s theme for the biennale is The Meaning of Beauty –“questions the importance of forms and the meanings they impart to functions, to uses and the quality of life”. (see their website for further information)

Hypervital is one of exhibitions of the biennale, curated by a well-known french curator, Benjamin Loyauté, who is a general curator of Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne of this year as well. Hypertival exhibition has dynamic projects from talented designers over the world, which are under the theme of : TIME • POLLUTION • DISEASE • CONFLICT • UNIVERSE • GLOBALISATION.

The biennale finished 12th of April, however the Hypervital exhibition will run till 20th of September in this year. Please visit and see the show if you are around in France!

For more information, please visit the website: http://www.biennale-design.com/saint-etienne/2015/en/biennial-in/?ev=hypervital-9

HYPERVITAL

Saying and doing… finding the perfect harmony, the right balance and measure. We are in a period of great creativity, of inventions and intense production, but also of conflicts and shortages that are reorganising the world. We need to build a pragmatic future just as we need to dream the possible based on stark realities and naked truths. The edification of beauty in a world is as much about the truth of beauty as it is about the beauty of truth. TheHypervital exhibition thus develops an aesthetics of unveiling through the experiencing of truth as the vital bedrock of our imagination. We must deconstruct the models of acceptance and opposition and bring together as many minds as possible ready to shape an architecture of new thought to design tomorrow’s world. This exhibition has grown out of a reflection linked to the publication of an article in the Guardian reporting on a NASA-funded study carried out by mathematician Safa Motesharrei and a team of social scientists. The media shockwave it generated referred to the series of factors that will inevitably lead to a change of civilisation if we do not change any of our behaviours. The report entitled Human and Nature Dynamics (HANDY): Modeling Inequality and Use of Resources in the Collapse or Sustainability of Societies insists on a multitude of criteria to which we now more than ever need to find a response. It is up to us as designers to contribute to the development of scenarios that can build a revival and be vectors of a Happy End. To avoid fatalism of all kinds and unrestrained gloom-mongering, it is time to let go of the certainties and models in which our world is steeped and reconnect with humanity and nature. «Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no-one thinks of changing himself» (Leon Tolstoy). Considering design as a language with an aesthetics endowed with meaning, a depository of a system that is at once mathematical and poetic, we have a duty to reconcile our gestures and our practices with our existence. We must improve the real world and evoke fictions of a renaissance. Hypervital is thus built on the analysis of a world in crisis, being shaken up by its own practices, its discoveries, its ideals and its failings.

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Platoon Kunsthalle Magazine – The launching issue

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My good friends and supporter, Platoon Kunstalle, a subculture organisation based in Berlin and Seoul, has launched their magazine in last February 2015. The launching issue explores ‘wearable technology’, therefore I could be a part of the magazine. The magazine features number of interesting projects that related to ‘wearables’ from all around the world, so you should check out! The magazine is available online for free: http://www.platoon.org/magazine/volume-one

Also you can pick up from Platoon Kunstalle Berlin and Seoul.

 

 

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Interview with Clot Magazine

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Clot Magazine (http://www.clotmag.com) is an online platform that, through interviews with talented and inspiring people, will define the DNA of Creativity and Innovation. I did an interview with the chief editor, Lula Criado, for the ‘Talent Scouting’, and I would say it was one of the most delightful interviews I have been. Please read the interview via the following link: http://www.clotmag.com/soomi-park

 

 

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Highlike Book

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Highlike (http://highlike.org) is an online archive media, along with the sponsorship of an international media art festival, FILE (http://file.org.br/), which shows the expression diversity of a global contemporary art context. They recently published their the first an annual paper book, Highlike Book, which presents the work of artists who have been featured in their webpage.

 

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The website has given me their consistent interest of my works(http://highlike.org/?s=soomi+park&x=-604&y=-121), and I am grateful that the LED Eyelash took a part of this printed annual book.

The book is now available to purchase via the online store: http://highlike.org/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=42

 

 

 

 

 

 

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interview with Wired UK Magazine (May, 2014)

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I had an interview with Wired UK magazine about The Republic of Privacy, and you can see it in May 2014 issue now.

Photography by Cristian Schmeer

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SOFT(Symposium on Fashion Technology), 6-9 October 2014

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I went to the Royal Academy of Art (The Hauge) in the Neterlands for a keynote speach in Symposium on Fashion Technology (SOFT) in last week.
It was such a delightful talk with many artists, designers, professors and students about future, technology and wearable.
See the list of people who involved with the symposium below, and find their projects and researchs if you are interested in wearables!

 

Program
6 & 7 October 2014
Masterclasses by Marije Baalman & KOBAKANT
Royal Academy Of Art, Prinsessegracht 4, The Hague

 

8 October 2014
Symposium @ Royal Academy of Art
Keynote speakers: Prof. Dr. Anneke Smelik (Radboud Universiteit, NL) and Soomi Park (multimedia kunstenaar en ontwerper UK/KR)
And: Marije Baalman, Meg Grant, Kobakant, Ebru Kurbak, Ricardo O’Nacsimento, Danielle Roberts, Dieter Vandoren, Lianne Touissant (moderator).
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9 October 2014
Symposium @ Volkshotel, Wibautstraat 150, Amsterdam
Keynote speaker: Asta Roseway (Microsoft Research Lab)
And: Eef Lubbers, Paulien Routs, Piem Wirtz, Local Androids
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The Republic of Privacy project website is now online!

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The Republic of Privacy project website is now online!
You can see all the project in one sight and follow all the stories in the nation.
Please visit, and enjoy the republic!

http://therepublicofprivacy.org

 

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Wired.co.uk

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An article about LED Eyelash at the Wired.co.uk.

To read full article, please see the link below:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2009-10/23/light-up-the-room-with-luscious-led-lashes

 

 

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Design Milk

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An article about the LED Eyelash from Design Milk.

Read full article from this link:

http://design-milk.com/led-eyelashes-by-soomi-park/

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Design Interactions 2013 website is ready.

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The website of projects from this year’s Design Interactions graduates is now live:

di13.rca.ac.uk

Please visit and see the works of us.

 

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