Sabina Hyoju Ahn

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Disciplines: Mediakunstenaar, Mixed media/interdisciplinair kunstenaar

Omschrijving werk

My works are about finding hidden patterns, signals and energy in our surroundings (nature) and to transform them into the perceptual experiences. Aiming at making a hybrid form of technological implementation with organic materials. By experimenting with organic matters together with technology, my work explores transformable or extendable possibilities between human and non-humans. I have been trying to build an interdisciplinary methodology to make my own work and try to combine two different domians – art and science. With scientific experiment and artistic research, invisible and inaudible microscopic nature becomes visible and audible at macro level. One of my works, <Breath> is an interactive sound installation and performance that has been created to control the sound and light with my breath to vitalise an inorganic object. The piece has been made of electronic junks such as a used telephone microphone and old PC metal frames to illustrate new life from dead devices and to allude a transformable relationship between human/natural elements and machine. My recent work <kHz> is about relationship between non-human and human. This work takes a closer look at the relationship between machine and a natural element. The bioluminescent algae, "P.fusiformis" visualize ultrasonic that cannot be perceived by human auditory perception. When the frequency of inaudible sound penetrates through the algae, each cell visualizes the inaudible sound by glowing themselves. At the same time, the moment of shining also means the death of the cell. Because the ultrasonic waves travel through the plankton and work like a sonic gun, easily breaking the cells. I have been trying to build a hybrid methodology to make my own work and try to combine two different sides of media which are living organisms and technology. By experimenting with organic matters together with technology, my work explores hybrid aspect of transformable or extendable possibilities in human perception.

Werk

kHz
Titel kHz
Jaartal 2017
Omschrijving This work takes a closer look at the relationship between machine and a natural element. The bioluminescent algae, "P.fusiformis" visualize frequencies higher than 28kHz that cannot be perceived by human auditory perception. When the frequency of inaudible sound penetrates through the bioluminescent algae, each cell visualizes the inaudible sound by glowing themselves. At the same time, the moment of shining also means the death of the cell. Because the ultrasonic waves travel through the plankton and work like a sonic gun, easily breaking the cells. https://vimeo.com/245046372
Techniek DIY ultrasonic generator, controller, LE
Formaat Variable size
Sonomatter
Titel Sonomatter
Jaartal 2017
Omschrijving “Sonomatter” is a sound installation and performance that transforms the bioelectrical signal from microorganisms to sound. The work starts with building a Winogradsky Column, making a small ecosystem with mud and water— generating the electric signal with a Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC), and measuring voltage from microorganisms that are formed in mud. As time proceeds, the microbes will create electricity and eventually die when they lack nutrients; the designed bioelectricity-controlled-oscillator circuit consumes the (bioelectrical) energy to control the sound of the oscillator. This process illustrates a circular relationship between life and death, as life and death share same material(mud). Interaction between organic matter and natural phenomena—such as soil, water, respiration and oxidation, symbiotic relationship in a microcosm—imply poetics in the microbial sphere. The project is thus not only a metaphorical exploration of the interaction between living matter and natural phenomena, but it also explores the domain of energy harvesting and generating clean energy. The audience is invited to experience the sound from real-time microbial data with handmade bioelectricity-controlled-oscillator circuits. https://sabi.hotglue.me/
Techniek Winogradsky columns, bioelectricity-cont
Formaat Variable size
Breath (Performance)
Titel Breath (Performance)
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving Breath is an interactive light and sound installation/performance, operated by human breath. As a wind instrument, this work has been developed to control sound and light with human breathing, made of DIY circuits and e-wastes. Breath uses amorphous energy from the human body and transforms it into different shapes: breathe to light and sound, vitalising an inorganic object. Human respiration is visualised by dimming bulbs, activates the machine and involves functioning. The piece has been made of electronic junks such as old telephone’s microphone and old PC’s metal frame to illustrate new life from the dead devices and to allude a transformable relationship between human/natural element and machine. http://sabinaworks.tumblr.com/post/141095428795/breath-2016
Techniek DIY Breath interface, E-wastes
Formaat Variable size
Breath (Installation)
Titel Breath (Installation)
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving Breath is an interactive light and sound installation/performance, operated by human breath. As a wind instrument, this work has been developed to control sound and light with human breathing, made of DIY circuits and e-wastes. Breath uses amorphous energy from the human body and transforms it into different shapes: breathe to light and sound, vitalising an inorganic object. Human respiration is visualised by dimming bulbs, activates the machine and involves functioning. The piece has been made of electronic junks such as old telephone’s microphone and old PC’s metal frame to illustrate new life from the dead devices and to allude a transformable relationship between human/natural element and machine. http://sabinaworks.tumblr.com/post/141095428795/breath-2016
Techniek Breath Interface, Light bulb, sound of e
Formaat 1.5mx1.5m
Breath (Installation)
Titel Breath (Installation)
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving Breath is an interactive light and sound installation/performance, operated by human breath. As a wind instrument, this work has been developed to control sound and light with human breathing, made of DIY circuits and e-wastes. Breath uses amorphous energy from the human body and transforms it into different shapes: breathe to light and sound, vitalising an inorganic object. Human respiration is visualised by dimming bulbs, activates the machine and involves functioning. The piece has been made of electronic junks such as old telephone’s microphone and old PC’s metal frame to illustrate new life from the dead devices and to allude a transformable relationship between human/natural element and machine. http://sabinaworks.tumblr.com/post/141095428795/breath-2016
Techniek DIY Breath interface, E-wastes
Formaat 50cm x 60xm
Sublunary Echo
Titel Sublunary Echo
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving Sublunary Echo is an interactive installation that uses bioluminescent phytoplankton (P. fusiformis) as a material. This piece makes a feedback loop between natural elements, humans and machines, alluding to the symbiotic relationship and cycle with a different type of energy. Spectators are invited to a space that can interact with living light particles and explore the sound of microorganism. [MicroNarrative] The material I used is microbial bioluminescent plankton that can produce light only in their night cycle when they are agitated. The shining living water will visualize sound in the air; voice and light particles are sonified. When we are looking through a microscope, we can see a lot of intriguing shapes of life. We probably can imagine a story of the life. With using software and hardware, we can see a narrative of the very primitive natural elements. Also, water is the origin of all kinds of life that contains some spiritual or emotional inspiration to this work. But mostly, among those themes, this work is aiming to communicate with organic creature and to see how they can interact with us and how technology can analyze them. sublunaryecho.tumblr.com
Techniek Bioluminescent algae, Sonification, maxm
Formaat Variable size
Sonic Laser
Titel Sonic Laser
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving Sonic laser has been developed to make a live sound animation with three colors of laser pointers (R, G , B). This work visualises different colors of laser pointer and triggers sound when the program detected each colors; sound and lght are interrelated together to be interacting with each other. Also, the light particle is converted into vector image so audience can watch animated moving colored particle depends on the laser pointer’s color. Devices such as webcamera and project makes feed back loop to make generative system automatically. In this work, flickering light (laser) makes some narrative by moving simple circles and lines with just simple devices and computer vision technology. http://soniclaserspace.tumblr.com/post/118402036447/sonic-laser
Techniek laser pointer, maxmsp, webcam, projectpr
Formaat Variable size
Ecstatic Network
Titel Ecstatic Network
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving This is an interactive audiovisual piece that creates a super network system. Two different networks and elements make scale-free networks by adding their classes. The connections are created alongside the algorithm that calculates the nearest nodes and sound is generated by positions of nodes. This work is motivated by scale free network and small world network in social and biological levels such as microorganism or bloodvassels in living beings. This structure is expanding unlimitely from hub of the local clusters. https://vimeo.com/130054284
Techniek Processing
Formaat Variable size
Fractal
Titel Fractal
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving Fractal is a series of interactive animations, mainly for big scale of projection mapping on a facade. This work is based on the L-system algorithm from fractal and Chaos theory from nature. Based on the L-system fomular, I modified numbers and parmeters to visualise it - the moving image makes recursive patterns and keeps looping in realtime. Also, this program has some interactive functions related to sound and directions. https://vimeo.com/116720471#at=0
Techniek Processing
Formaat Variable size

Omschrijving werk

My works are about finding hidden patterns, signals and energy in our surroundings (nature) and to transform them into the perceptual experiences. Aiming at making a hybrid form of technological implementation with organic materials. By experimenting with organic matters together with technology, my work explores transformable or extendable possibilities between human and non-humans. I have been trying to build an interdisciplinary methodology to make my own work and try to combine two different domians – art and science. With scientific experiment and artistic research, invisible and inaudible microscopic nature becomes visible and audible at macro level. One of my works, <Breath> is an interactive sound installation and performance that has been created to control the sound and light with my breath to vitalise an inorganic object. The piece has been made of electronic junks such as a used telephone microphone and old PC metal frames to illustrate new life from dead devices and to allude a transformable relationship between human/natural elements and machine. My recent work <kHz> is about relationship between non-human and human. This work takes a closer look at the relationship between machine and a natural element. The bioluminescent algae, "P.fusiformis" visualize ultrasonic that cannot be perceived by human auditory perception. When the frequency of inaudible sound penetrates through the algae, each cell visualizes the inaudible sound by glowing themselves. At the same time, the moment of shining also means the death of the cell. Because the ultrasonic waves travel through the plankton and work like a sonic gun, easily breaking the cells. I have been trying to build a hybrid methodology to make my own work and try to combine two different sides of media which are living organisms and technology. By experimenting with organic matters together with technology, my work explores hybrid aspect of transformable or extendable possibilities in human perception.

Persoonsgegevens

Voorletters
Kunstenaarsnaam/alias Sabina
Samenwerkingsverband
Website www.sabinaahn.com

Opleidingsgegevens

Erkende vakopleiding

Academie / instituut & plaats studierichting / specialisatie periode van / tot diploma
Den Haag, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten ArtScience 2015-2017 J

Andere opleiding

Instituut / docent & plaats (studie)richting periode van / tot
Goldsmiths University MA in Computational Arts 2014-2015

Overige gegevens

Lid van Beroeps / Kunstenaarsvereniging
Deelnemer van Kunstenaarsinitiatief

Curriculum vitae

Tentoonstellingen

jaartal naam tentoonstellingsruimte korte omschrijving solo / duo / groep
2018 Daechungho Cheongju City Museum of Art. Cheoju, KR <Sonomatter>Installation GROEP
2017 ACT Festival, (Asia Culture Center). Gwangju, KR <kHz> Installation GROEP
2017 Athens Digital Art Festival. Athens, GR <Sonomatter>Installation GROEP
2017 Retreat, Reflect, Repeat. (Laurenskerk / Showroom MAMA), Rotterdam, NL <Fractal>Exhibition GROEP
2017 off4noff (Memphis). Linz, AT <Sonomatter>Installation GROEP
2016 Klank 2 (De Fabriek), Eindhoven, NL <Sonomatter>Installation GROEP
2016 Lab30, Augsburg, DE <Breath> Performance GROEP
2016 Seoul Art Space Mullae. Seoul, KR <Sonomatter>Installation SOLO
2016 Stilstand.gif, Kunstenlab. Deventer, NL <Breath> Installation, Performance GROEP
2015 Piksel Festival, Bergen, NO <Sublunary Echo>Installation GROEP

Vertegenwoordiging

naam plaats & land
Member of Korean Artist Welfare Foundation South Korea
Seoul Foundation for Arts and Cultrue South Korea

Projecten

jaartal instelling titel & typering project
2017 Dotolimpic. Seoul, KR Void Sound Performance
2017 ArtyParty, (Melkweg). Amsterdam, NL Sonomatter Sound Performance
2017 Transmediale/CTM Vorspiel (Spektrum). Berlin, DE Breath Sound Performance
2017 NIME (New Interface for Musical Expression).Copenhagen, DK Breath (Awarded Best Sound Performance) Sound Performance
2017 Biotalk <Aquatic Harvesting> Mediamatic. Amsterdam, NL Sonomatter Talk, Performance

Internationale uitwisseling

jaartal instelling
2017 Visiting Creators in Lab at ACC(Aisa Culture Center) ACT Center
2016 Korean Artists Welfare Foundation

Opdrachten

jaartal opdrachtgever plaats / land typering opdracht uitgevoerd
2014 Iconix (pororo animation) South Korea Animation for PLounge J
2013 Jarasum International Jazz Festival the 10th Anniversary South Korea 10th anniversary trailer J

Publicaties

jaartal titel publicatie uitgever / samensteller, plaats typering
2017 SFAC official blog Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture http://blog.naver.com/i_sfac/220910331177
2017 Examenexpositie Den Haag: de tennisbaan is gek geworden NRC https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2017/07/02/531853-a1565277
2016 I care If you listen Lana Norris, USA https://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2016/05/mata-festival-2016-music-speaks/
2016 Anti Natural Even Press, UK http://even.org.uk/?even-salon-publications

Prijzen en stipendia

jaartal instantie, plaats omschrijving
2017 Asia Culture Centre. Gwangju, KR funding for production, residency
2017 Seoul Foundation Arts and Culture (Yidea). Seoul, KR Funding for Idea for Seoul City
2017 NIME(New Interface for Musical Expression) Best Sound Performance. Copenhagen, DK Best Sound Performance
2017 Cern Accelerate Korea Award Finalist. Geneva, CH Top 3 finalist
2016 Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture (http://www.sfac.or.kr) funding for emerging art project
2016 Korean Artists Welfare Foundation (http://www.kawf.kr) funding for Korean Artists to realise idea

Artistieke nevenactiviteiten

nevenactiviteit van tot
ㄴㅅㅈㄱ (energy harvesting in city space) 2017