nd VH AWARD
HYUNGKYU KIM, Hear the Wind_Across the Border‘360 degree view through media’ extends the viewer’s role from passive recipient to neutral onlooker or even to an active observer. Viewers confront a 360 degree sight of landscapes looked through the perspectives from Imjingak; Yeonmijeong in Ganghwado; Yongsan redevelopment area; and the site of the Admiral and the historical statue of Soonshin Lee in Gwanghwamun, Seoul, Korea. The artist throws in an underlying question to the viewers who became the independent observer on visually opposed ‘South and North’ ‘Generations’ and ‘Individuals and Groups’.
HWAYONG JUNG, MantraBody language and sound generated from digital object and human are permeated into the digital scenario, and gives birth to the new cycle of synthetic beauty. A traditional dance called Seungmu, which performs a human desire to overcome his suffering, presents dynamic and yet delicate movements, and its encounter with computer codes creates randomly but meticulously calculated images – a beauty created by human and images made by machine. Inside of endless communication between them, a new experiential form of vision and sound will be developed and provided.
SUNGROK CHOI, Stroll, Scroll and SightStroll, Scroll and Sight narrates a human story of getting through sufferings, and the journey is described by multiple viewpoints which are invented from media history. Through a first person perspective of drone and second person perspective of computer game, audiences become a God, gamer and virtual ‘I’ in the artwork. The artist induces audience to experience the relationship among human, art and technology with their eyes, ears and body. Through these diverse interpretations, the artist unfolds a meditative story of human.
Adjunct Curator of Art + Technology Lab, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, L.A., USAAmy Heibel began her career in journalism at the Center for Investigative Reporting and later served as an executive creative director in over 200 projects for Louvre, the National Gallery of London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern, SFMOMA, LACMA and the Getty. She received her bachelor’s degree in Scripps College and master’s degree in UC Berkeley in Philosophy. For 9 years from 1997, Heibel created multimedia contents with new digital media technique by leading creative and technical teams in San Francisco, New York, London and Paris. She has worked as the Head of New Media in LACMA for 2 years and has become the Vice President until now, taking responsibilities for all web and digital media engagement strategies and museum technology infrastructure.
Head of Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, AustriaMartin Honzik is an artist and director of Ars Electronica’s Festival, Prix and Exhibitions divisions. He studied visual experimental design at Linz Art University (graduated in 2001) and completed the master’s program in culture & media management at the University of Linz and ICCM Salzburg (graduated in 2003). From 1998 to 2001, he was a member of the production team at the OK Center of Contemporary Art. In 2001, he joined the staff of the Ars Electronica Future Lab, where, until 2005, his responsibilities included exhibition design, art in architecture, interface design, event design and project management. Since 2006, Martin Honzik has been director of the Ars Electronica Festival and the Prix Ars Electronica and in charge of the exhibitions in the Ars Electronica Center as well as Ars Electronica’s international exhibition projects. His recent achievements in addition to numerous art projects (e.g. Ganz Linz, Vernichtungsaktion), include co-founding the u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD festival for young people and serving as head of production and director of the 2012 Voestalpine Klangwolke.
Curator of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, KoreaMyungji Bae received her bachelor’s degree in arts and later received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in art history in Hongik University. From 2004 to 2015, she worked as an executive curator in Coreana Museum of Art and directed over 20 domestic/international exhibitions. Her recent works include Tell Me Her Story ‘(2013), Performing Film (2013), and Featuring Cinema (2011). In 2006, Bae received Award of the Year from the Arts Council Korea for an exhibition Image Theater curated by her. She is currently serving as a curator in Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Gwacheon, Korea.