Venue COMO (Exit gate no.4 of Euljiro subway station SKT-tower,
Exit gate no.3 of Tanbang subway station Daejeon SKT Dunsan Office)
Time 8:30a.m~7:00p.m, closed on weekends and national holidays
Organized by Art Center Nabi, SK Telecom
Artist Taiyun Kim(Directing), UhBee(Design)
Curator Art Center Nabi Creative Team Soojung Yi, Eunjung Park
Video Editing Hyojun Park
Video Screening Youngho Lee
Along with the developments in smartphone supplies and wireless networks, we create, possess and transmit a vast amount of data in real time. As an example, according to Facebook reports from 2012, as many as 5 billion contents are being transferred through Facebook per week. The production and distribution of such data are strengthening the cultural dominance of media and portal sites, and this can relate to the aspect that sustains the inconspicuous yet enormous profit structure. New media such as portal sites, Twitter and Facebook which we log on to numerously every day and have entered deep into our lives, how flexible can they be in this logic? Also, can we really dream of true communication within it?
Artist Taiyun Kim, developer of Naver Knowledge IN(kin.naver.com) and currently a programmer at Cyworld, talks of communication in the digital era through interactive video works that portray the attributes of data distribution structures and new media. Using Open API(Application Programming Interface) and real time data transmission programming, he brings new media structures such as portal sites and micro blogs to public areas such as the exterior wall and lobby of buildings. T-tower’s exterior screen is transformed into an internet search window, and we are able to witness at once all the popular search words from Korea’s top 3 most frequently visited and used portal sites. Also, the inconspicuous flow of data is visualized by showing the so-called ‘portal temperature’ that constantly changes in relation to the frequency of user searches in each portal site. With all the private celebrity scoops frequently dealt with one day after the other, regardless of our will, the temperature of the window rises; you realize that the discussions and issues which influence the fate of individuals and society, and should be dealt with more attention, are handled indifferently. Thus the artist does not disguise the fact that through the influence of certain agents that possess particular motives and ambitions, data or information can intentionally be dealt with in a ‘cold or hot’ manner.
Taiyun Kim also holds his stance on SNS which has emerged as a new communication tool. The artist conveys the ‘circulating’ and ‘dissolving’ properties of media by repeating the rearrangement and disappearance of Twitter’s timeline as a blood flow like movement. Also, the tail back visual method can be linked to the unique attribute of Twitter in which you ‘follow’ another person. The numerous voices that constantly express themselves, follow each other, and eventually disappear, metaphorically represent the attributes of SNS communication that is somewhat one-directional and delusional.
〈Search Window Temperature〉, 2012, 53,000 x 1,000mm, Single Channel Interactive Video.
Internet search windows are like human skin.
It becomes hot when one search word is frequently searched, and cold if not.
We talk, touch and spout at the world, at times through our mouths, and at other times through our hands.
Before we knew it, search windows have become a monster that feeds and grows on human desires.
Search words come and go just like April showers.
Rain becomes foul water and at times becomes someone’s tears.
You love to look out the window, but no one wants to get hit by the rain.
If we change the window of the world, would our world become a better place to live in?
〈Flavor of Life〉, 2012, 5,300 x 3,200mm, Single Channel Interactive Video.
Coffee tastes different depending on the weather and mood.
If we could read minds, it would spread like the scent of coffee.
At times it may feel too sweet or bitter because of the differences in taste,
but personal scent always blends and transforms, and makes us communicate.
〈Dancing Timeline〉, 2012, Ceiling 30,300 x 1,280mm, Pillar(4ea) 1,024 x 6,144mm, Single
Timeline is like blood flowing through the veins.
It only hears what it wants to hear, and only talks about itself.
Voices are caught in a delay or reverb and are either too loud or distorted.
But rather than keeping oneself silent, make oneself sing and dance.
- Taiyun Kim Artist Note
Taiyun Kim graduated from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Seoul National University, and developed Naver Knowledge IN as a professional programmer. Highly interested in the productive sharing of information and social network services, he is currently working as a developer for Cyworld Giftshop. In 2008, he began his music career based in Hongdae by releasing an album with “Orange Clockwork”, and has also started his career as a media artist with 〈Incheon International Digital Art Festival (INDAF)〉 2010 and 〈Korea Experimental Art Festival (KEAF)〉 2011.
UhBee (Tae Min Song)
Web designer UhBee took part in the design and visualization, and he is also the first publisher to introduce the concept of ‘Web Style’ as a book. He majored International Culture at Soonchunhyang University and Visual Design at the Graduate School of Design at Kookmin University. He also participated in exhibitions such as 〈THE V.A. season 2〉 (Zeroone Design Center, Seoul) 2007, 〈Design Festa〉 (Tokyo) 2008. Former designer for GomTV, he is currently a GUI designer for SK Communications and is also active in the music industry as WAPDUO.