Dr. Yiyun Kang is an artist and researcher who explores the intersection of art, technology and humanities. She received her BFA from Seoul National University’s Painting department, her MFA from UCLA’s Design & Media Arts department, and her PhD from the Royal College of Art in London, where she is currently working as a visiting lecturer. Kang has an international career in new media art practices, and is recognized for her projection mapping installations. Her works have been exhibited in Europe, Asia and the United States, including at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A, London), the Venice Architecture Biennale, and the Seoul Museum of Art. She has participated in several residency programmes, including at the V&A and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. Kang’s projects have been commissioned by Samsung and Max Mara, and her academic writings have been published in the Leonardo Journal (MIT Press) and Practices of Projections, published by Oxford University Press.
Rather than focusing on the making of objects, Kang’s work explores the cultivation of relational environments through spatial projection mapping installations. These works investigate opposing values such as reality and virtuality, materiality and immateriality, object and non-object, exploring the overlapping area between those extremes. Kang’s works do not really belong anywhere between these conflicting values; instead, her work attempts to generate mixed-reality environments, engendering perceptual ambiguity and leading the audience to reflect on this dichotomy. As the centripetal force that precipitates this mixed condition, digital media provide the vehicle for her exploring this in-betweenness.

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