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0 title [Exhibition]COMO&HAPPY SCREEN_MAY 2017《Seoul Clock》 date 2017.04.20
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Exhibition venue & Open Hours

COMO (SKT-Tower, Euljiro 1-ga Exit no.4 / Daejeon SKT Dunsan Bldg), Happy Screen (SK Bldg 4F)
09:00am - 06:00pm
* closed on weekends and public holidays

Entrance Fee Free

Exhibition Organizer Art Center Nabi, SK Telecom, SK Innovation

Exhibition Artist Jihoon Byun

Exhibition Curator SeongEun An

Exhibition Coordinator HeeEun Kim, SunYoung(Sunny) Park
Promotion SuKyoung Ha

Video Editing JiHye Gong, YuRi Byun

Video Transmission YoungHo Lee, YeongHwan Kim

Design gonuts(Dawun Choi, KyeoungBae Jeon)

Exhibition Inquiry 02-2121-0952

Seoul Clock, 2014

Multivision Display, PC, Custom Software, Web Application
technical advisor Seungback Shin

Seoul Clock, 2014

Multivision Display, PC, Custom Software, Web Application
technical advisor Seungback Shin

Experience the very moment when time passes through your body.
Once every minute, Seoul Clock responds to that moment with the color red.

In May, Art Center Nabi introduces Seoul Clock(2014) by Jihoon Byun as part of the COMO & HAPPY SCREEN exhibition series. Seoul Clock portrays the whole city of Seoul as a clock, allowing the audience to visually experience the time and space they are within. Seoul Clock is a clock in the size of Seoul, and it was created with the program Void Drawing that enables the user to project image data into an actual space.

The piece sets up the whole city as a clock face with moving hands. The hour and minute hand are white, and the second hand is red. The hands rotate around the War Memorial of Korea in Yongsan while being synchronized with real time. The second hand is about 9 kilometers long, and the minute hand and hour hand are 6.4 kilometers and 3 kilometers long, respectively.

In Seoul Clock, the audience member’s mobile device functions as a pixel that presents the color that is allocated to the space where s/he is standing. When one logs in Seoul Clock Web Application on a mobile device, the application determines where s/he is. When the second hand of the clock passes his/her location, the screen of the device turns red, which represents the color of the second hand. By indicating the precise moment of the second hand travelling through the location, the work provides the audience with a visual experience of time passing.

As the artist refers to time as “something that resembles a regularly reoccurring wave.” the red second hand glides over the whole city once every minute. Just like the second hand that continuously moves past every corner of the city, time comes and passes. Time goes by without any hesitation or doubts. The audience faces the instant moment of time passing in the place where they are. The idea of experiencing time that is actually invisible and intangible as something physically approaching oneself and then passing “through” one’s body addresses the ongoing question that the artist deals with regarding the temporality as well as his attempt to open up a new perspective in the audience’s mind.

Through the artwork Seoul Clock displayed on the Media Facade COMO and HAPPY SCREEN, the audience can experience the passage of time at each location. Seoul Clock sends out a red signal whenever its second hand passes the audience’s current location, and it encourages the audience to contemplate on the countless moments that go past the very place.

*The exhibition is held in conjunction with the exhibition Real Fiction.
In Real Fiction, Jihoon Byun presents another clock, which functions in a virtual space, titled as Seoul Clock(2016) where the audience experiences an illusion that time is almost tangible.

*Void Drawing is a drawing program that enables image data to be projected into an actual space. To draw an image into a space, Void Drawing combines color data with the location information, which consists of the latitude, longitude, and altitude measurements. The color of the projection is viewable on a mobile device with a GPS receiver. GPS allows the calculated space information to be utilized for a daily life, and it operates with global coverage. Void Drawing transforms this vast network system, created by technology, into a material for artistic expression. For more information, please visit

How the piece is constructed and functions:

1. Each audience logs in Seoul Clock Web Application on his/her mobile device.
2. The application determines one’s location with the GPS receiver of the device.
3. Based on the current local time and GPS information, the application finds out the color that matches the audience’s location.
4. The color is displayed on the screen of the mobile device.

〈Seoul Clock〉(2014), 53,000 x 1,000mm, LED panel, Multivision Display, PC, Custom Software, Web Application

〈Seoul Clock〉(2014), Ceiling 30,300 x 1,280mm, Pillar(4ea) 1,024 x 6,144mm, LED panel, Multivision Display, PC, Custom Software, Web Application

〈Seoul Clock〉(2014), 3680 x 715mm, 55' Full HD LCD Monitor(1x3, 3ea), Multivision Display, PC, Custom Software, Web Application
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