Today we visited one of my favourite museums in London, Victoria and Albert Museum to watch a presentation of two artists that are currently doing their residence there.
I just love spending time in museums and admire for countless hours the magnificent sculptures and figures. I sometimes look jealously at some artists who come in the museum to practise their sketching skills. I sneak my head behind them and see what their doing…:)
Open Studio: Yiyun Kang – V&A Samsung Korean Digital Art Resident
Key words: creative practice, projection mapping, immersive video installations, animation and digital prints.
Yiyun Kangs focuses the cultivation of relational environments rather than the object making its self. Through spacial Projections she explores values of reality and virtuality, materiality and immateriality, object and non object. 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.
Residency Practise via V & A WEBSITE:
” My recent fascination has been to create dynamic environments without producing physical objects—a paradoxical goal that can be realized through projection mapping. In this residency, I will carry out my creative practice, using projection mapping to reinterpret a particular V&A collection: the Cast Courts (room 46A). The overarching concept that informs this project is the idea of ‘bridging the gap’. Building on my work’s exploration of the overlapping zone between opposing values, during my residency I will attempt to bridge the gap between old and new—not by setting up a hierarchical relationship, but by revisiting the Cast Courts through digital language.
In order to do this, I will map the architectural objects in the Cast Courts by means of digital projection. There are two reasons for choosing the architectural casts as my inspiration, the first of which follows from the twofold meaning of the Cast Courts. Each cast is simultaneously an object and an environment. Unlike sculpture, the architectural casts belonged at one time to a specific place. Detached from their original site, the casts are now rooted in a new context at the V&A. I was attracted to this dual identity as a contextual object-site. A second reason is that the Cast Courts’ collections are not originals, but reproductions. This issue of copy versus original is significant in digital media, given that the notion of originality does not strictly exist in the digital realm. However, projection mapping entails a somewhat different ontology; despite its digital nature, it exists only when incorporated with its environment. When the unique ontologies of projection mapping and the Cast Courts come together, the results should be inspiring.
My practice will not only reinterpret the notion of reproduction but will also reinvigorate the contextual meaning of the cast by formulating it as an active environment rather than an object, through which the audience can navigate.”