Media Art Exhibition “Media/Art Kitchen : Artist Interview-Lim Kok Yoong
LIM Kok Yoong
(b.1980, Kuala Lumpur) works with new technologies to explore and investigate the human dimension of technological development and discourse. Most of his works take the form of (interactive) installation. Existence and the meaning of life are central themes, especially in relation to the way in which the experience of life has been drastically altered by cyberspace interaction and other contemporary phenomena related to digital technology. When You Are Not Your Body (2008) tackled the disembodied culture of chat and email in which the physical body becomes secondary. He participated in Mediations of Locality, an artist in residency project organized by Dislocate, Tokyo, 2009 and set up Media Art Living Lab (MALL) during his time as the Head of New Media Department at the Faculty of Creative Multimedia at Multimedia University (MMU). He is currently lecturing at Global School of Media in Soongsil University, Korea.
HATTORI Hiroyuki, OKAMURA Keiko, AIDA Daiya, Pichaya Suphavanu, Nikan Wasinondh
PROJECT CONCEPT (Bangkok Version)
Media Shapes Mind: Mind Shapes Choice: Choice shapes Future
The Philosopher Nicolas Zurbrugg suggests that there are “Three defining characteristics of postmodern culture: its existential shifts, its conceptual shifts, and its technological shifts”. These shifts have already been occurring all across geographies where our post-media condition producing new cultural habits and social conditions constructing an alternative structure that surfaces up diversity of needs. In this puzzling democratic world of technology, the phenomenon lies simply at choosing out of unlimited choices. In this condition, it shows a foundation of vast information that we now more than ever could find multitude of ways to mutual cross-fertilizations. It is a foundation of an exploring ground establishing vocabularies to define new behaviors that are a result from new constructed information, new knowledge, and new creativities. This phenomenon makes apparent that technology has been here, long enough to established its own realm, creating web that seeps into various aspects of life and shapes they way we live and perceive.
With this on-going social and cultural condition, Media/Art Kitchen- Reality Distortion Field in Bangkok proposes media art, not as the hype of the new, but it is the existing norm that indicates how we live with technology to conjuring up the new. ‘Media Shapes Mind: Mind Shapes Choice: Choice Shapes Future’ is a ‘user-generated-content’ attitude to suggest audience a personal viewpoint towards media and technology and the outcomes of what the artists have fused themselves into. It is an idea proposing to steer away from the concept of technology as newness or seeing art using technology as a tool, to art as life living with technology. It aims toward how we live in aesthetic of how it works, in what behavior it creates, and what context it nurtures rather than how it looks. It shows a humanistic side of codes and information without changing its nature. It proposes a bountiful ecology of systems, processes, relationships, participations, and networks rather than fixed objects. It utilizes a space where there could be alternative perception, physicality, or form to grab on reality. And it lends a platform for sharing plurality of competing behavior, and subjective narrative structure as opposed to telling a story from a legitimized content.
‘Media Shapes Mind: Mind Shapes Choice: Choice Shapes Future’ is then an open-ended concept to support the essence and attitude from Media/Art Kitchen- Reality Distortion Field that is not blind attitude towards technology or to pay homage to technology rather it is a suggestion to perceive media, technology, and its culture not as a threat but as an everyday attitude, and as an extended personal potential to find connection with arts and to seek a meaningful experience in everyday living, to take a conscious advantage of life in technological era. As kitchen suggests a place for process and action, the project aims to be a platform of on-going operations of thoughts, ideas, and experiences to instigate a special mindset that challenges the existing boundaries between vocabularies, disciplines, and thinking structures to pave a place for art forms (from either audiences or artists) that could arise from the stimulation of the art in the kitchen itself.
Event Date: 21 December - 16 February 2014
Location: Main Gallery, 7th floor,5th floor and 3rd floor
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PARTICIPATED COUNTRIES: Japan Indonesia Malaysia Philippines Vietnam Singapore
Exhibition, Artists, Arts, Media/Art, Motion pictures, Animation (Cinematography), Photographs, Sounds, performance
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