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Artist Statement

Taeyoon Choi
January 05, 2014

Artist Statement

Taeyoon Choi

January 05, 2014


  1. Taeyoon Choi Artist statement and work sample Compiled in January

    5th, 2014 [email protected] * Contact the artist before using any material in this document http:/ /taeyoonchoi.com
  2. My recent work revolve around the concept of Software Fiction

    and Hardware Noir.* I build custom hardware that contrast the common ‘Black Box’ products in the market. The series of working prototypes examine the possibility of modular, open source computer that operate on affects and percepts beyond binary logic. *Word choice is inspired by ‘Design Fiction and Design Noir’ used by Dunne & Raby and others. 8 Bit Modular Computer, Custom designed hardware (2013) http:/ /taeyoonchoi.com/2013/07/modular-input/
  3. I make working prototypes in order to imagine alternatives ways

    of computing and communicating. Note explaining workings of JK Flip Flop, Integrated Circuits and hand drawn images, video (2013) http:/ /taeyoonchoi.com/2013/03/open-source-kit/
  4. Although my artistic process often involve technical research and development,

    the end goal is social and aesthetic exploration of our relationship with technology. Postpostoffice, Drawings and digital photographs, postcards (2013) http:/ /taeyoonchoi.com/2013/04/storage-to-memory/ http:/ /www.flickr.com/photos/95057526@N04/
  5. Bird Call Video Link: https:/ /vimeo.com/83232785 Sine wave circuit video:

    http:/ /www.youtube.com/watch? v=n9dJJ72Xa9I Signals and code command machines. Affects bring presence in human.
  6. There is poetics in the moment when boolean logic meets

    electricity (hardware) and when language meets mathematics (software). Noise Collector, sound performance in Liberty Park, NYC (2012) Performance https:/ /vimeo.com/46561833 Exhibition at 319 Scholes, Brooklyn https:/ /vimeo.com/56892511 Documents http:/ /taeyoonchoi.com/2012/06/noisecollector/
  7. I sketch odd interface and systems, hardware with sinister complexity

    that reminds of characters in film noir and a software that is absurd to the point of existential crisis. Studio view
  8. 8 Bit Adder/Subtractor, working prototype, Integrated Circuits, electronics (2013) http:/

    /taeyoonchoi.com/2013/08/sfpc-kit/ http:/ /taeyoonchoi.com/2013/07/full-adder-with-nor-gate/ Building circuit is like writing poetry, there is play of words, rhythm and metaphor. Connecting electricity to discrete components is like placing characters in plots and programming is like writing a novel.
  9. INPUT=OUTPUT “This module is a fully configurable, primitive binary computer

    that can be used for signal generation, memory and arithmetic purpose. It can be programmed by connecting exposed pins with jumper wires. It’s a hardware where input is output, the circuit is signal and data is program.” - 2013 Custom made circuit, NAND & HEX Inverter chip, electronics (2013) Video Link: https:/ /vimeo.com/83232557
  10. Bit Shifter “This is a hand wired Shift Register made

    from D type Flip Flop Integrated circuits. This module can be configured for storing data as well as to multiply binary numbers by connecting to other modules” - 2013 Custom made circuit, D type Flip Flop chip, electronics (2013) Video Link: http:/ /www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0iO5MZeKPo&feature=youtu.be
  11. Software Fiction is working with imaginative applications that are technically

    impossible and unrealistic. It also means writing stories about using such software. User Experience, Web comic (2013) http:/ /taeyoonchoi.com/2013/03/user-experience-1/
  12. Some of my writings and drawings are made into objects

    (paintings, ceramics, and robotics). The objects are used for video, installation and performance. Melancholy Pad, Acrylics on canvas (2013) http:/ /taeyoonchoi.com/2013/03/app-paintings/
  13. My writings and drawings make most sense as a book.

    I’ve self published zines, books in print and digital format. Anti-Manifesto, designed by Hyo Kwon. Shanghai Biennale 2012 http:/ /taeyoonchoi.com/antimanifesto/
  14. I try to share what I care the most by

    teaching, curating and activism. I co-founded School for Poetic Computation, 10 weeks intensive school based in Brooklyn. I also direct Making Lab at 4th APAP, a community makerspace in Anyang, South Korea. We organized 25+ workshops and commissioned custom kits. School for Poetic Computation: The First Class http:/ /sfpc.io/ Making Lab http:/ /apap.or.kr/makinglab/
  15. “Occu-bot can protest in places that human civil disobedience is

    not allowed, and it can also replace human protesters.” - 2011 Occu-bott, robot and performance (2011) http:/ /taeyoonchoi.com/2011/12/occu-bot-and-financier-bot/ Speakers Corners, exhibition at EYEBEAM (2012) “Let’s talk about Democracies. Democracy as in IKEA and shipping containers, as in Open Source and Free Stuff, as in Organic and Facebook, as in Christmas lights at Occupy Wall Street.” - 2012 http:/ /taeyoonchoi.com/speakerscorners/
  16. “My friends, there is no friend! but there is... IFriend

    (Instant Friend: a DIY Kit of a friend, includes face, hand and feet made of laser cut acrylics, wood and electronics ), IDog (A dog with many legs, made of mirrored acrylics and projects a beam of laser, which is reflected by a disco ball spinning on a screw driver.”-2011 IFriend, customa made hardware, powerpoint, performance (2011) http:/ /taeyoonchoi.com/2011/12/ifriend/ http:/ /www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzLq_KNVg8M http:/ /www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa5CrOKtKbc
  17. Hacking IKEA “In IKEA Mega store near Malmø, the second

    largest store in the world and the largest in Europe, I made a field recording while making noise with motors and microcontroller in the showroom, often interacting with the shoppers and the products on display. These six sets of improvisational performance, or ‘the action’ does nothing much to change the soundscape of the shop or challenge the Capitalist system or to have any means of direct action toward the Machine.” - 2011 http:/ /taeyoonchoi.com/2011/12/hacking-i-k-e-a/ https:/ /vimeo.com/33985709 Hacking IKEA, performance, Malmø, Sweden (2011)
  18. Camerautomata, custom made robot, performance (2008) http:/ /taeyoonchoi.com/2010/12/camerautomata/ Camerautomata Charlie

    “I questioned, while new technology is making our life more convenient, automatic home electronics are replacing our labor, why is there no a camera that takes photograph on its own. So I decided to liberate cameras from human operation.” - 2008
  19. Object of desire, custom made software, hardware and performance (2005)

    http:/ /taeyoonchoi.com/2010/01/object-of-desire/ Object of Desire “The project started by trying to understand tourists’ desire to photograph relentlessly.I joined a tour group and experienced Seoul, my home town, in the tourists’ point of view.”- 2005
  20. Education The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. B.F.A

    2004 Department of Performance and New media The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. M.S. 2007 Department of Culture Technology Residency and grants Fellowship, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center 2011~2012 Residency, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center 2008 Residency, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, South Korea 2006 Grant, The Arts Council of Korea. 2007, 2009, 2011 College Art Award, Chicago Cultural Center 2003 Solo exhibition Speakers Corners, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York, USA 2012 My friends, there is no friend. Spanien 13c, Aarhus, Denmark 2011 When Technology Fails, Reality Prevails. Art Space Hue, Seoul, South Korea 2007 Selected exhibition Anti-Manifesto Shanghai Biennale, Daejon pavilion, Shanghai, China 2012 Codes of Contingency, 319 Scholes, New York, USA 2012 Teleport, Centre des Arts, Enghien les Bains, Paris, France 2010 From point A to point B, University of Georgia, Athens, USA 2009 Liars Picnic, Conflux City Festival, New York, USA 2009 Coffee with Sugar, Akbank Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey 2008 DISLOCATE; Art, Technology and Locality, ZAIM, Yokohama, Yokohama,Japan, 2007 Taeyoon Choi Artist based in Brooklyn, New York and Seoul Co-founder, School for Poetic Computation 2013~ Director, Making Lab of the 4th APAP 2013~
  21. Teaching and workshop The Public School New York, New York

    USA 2010~current Dorkbot, Location One, New York, USA 2012 ARTALK, Culture Hub, New York, USA 2012 NAND to XOR, City College of New York, New York, USA, 2012 Art of Tourism, The Creators Project, Seoul, South Korea 2011 Digital Day Camp, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York, USA 2011 Interactivos? Medialab Prado, Madrid, Spain 2010 Drawing +-, Parsons New School for Design, New York, USA 2009 OFLAB, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria 2008 Interactivos? Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York, USA 2008 Urban Programming 101, Upgrade! International, Skopje, Macedonia 2008 Publication Invisible Cities, Moleskine Special edition, 2012 Roadshow South Korea, New Normal Business, Total Museum of Art, 2012 Anti-Manifesto, New Normal Business, New York 2012 Urban programming 101: Stage direction, Mediabus, Seoul, 2011 Press: Dazed and Confused, London, United Kingdom 2013 Kaleidoscope, Spring 2012 Architizer.com 2012 Dazed and Confused, Seoul, South Korea 2011 Younger than Jesus, New Museum, New York USA 2009 CNET, 2011 Kontrol; Issue#1 “The pornography of fabricating fear”. Nomad.tv 2006 Container Culture. Leornardo, Volume 39, Issue 4 - August 2006. MIT Press