ARTIST BIO & ARTIST STATEMENT
Minha Yang, based in Korea, works with technology and art. He believes that despite the great advancements made so far, technology still carries imperfections that will continue to evolve and be resolved over time. He believes it is his vocation as an artist to recognize these imperfections and to find human traces in between the illusion and reality that technology creates. His vision as an artist is to discover both the formative value and socio-cultural context of the imperfections and to share his interpretation of his discovery with his audience.
Coevolution has always been the most important subject matter in Yang’s work, and he utilizes society’s ever-evolving machines to make art with mathematical and algorithmic calculations. Without an intention, Yang’s artworks always tend to show his current emotions, ideals, and place in life, portraying his inner self in various forms. As he often uses technology in his works, these forms are sometimes unexpected and can change drastically depending on how much they are refined. By attempting to make his use of technology as discreet as possible, his artworks tend to reach a point where there is little to no distinction between illusion and reality or nature and machine.
As Yang believes that anyone who has the opportunity to go his or her way will follow the most valuable and meaningful path for them, he has chosen the artist’s path and continues to follow that path to this day. He appreciates every moment of making his artworks from discovering to creating, showing, and listening, and believes these processes are art itself. His viewers’ participation in his final pieces are fundamental to the completion of his works, and while the reactions of his viewers are beyond his control, he hopes that his audience will also leave feeling more complete themselves.
Minha Yang is an awards winner of "ASIA DIGITAL ART AWARD" in Final Prize, two Excellence Awards, a Canon Award, and a Bronze award. Yang's work has been featured in projects including "Art project based on philosophical sentence RNN/LSTM generation" at SK Artcenter Nabi, "Intelligent TV Interaction Project" at Samsung, "Intelligent Multi-Screen Devices Environment Project" at Samsung, "Interaction Study using Gesture Recognition" at LG, "The scenery in memories project" at Hyundai Motors, "Meditation Series" at NYC, SFO, SPO, and Seoul.
Yang's work was invited to numerous festivals, media projects, exhibitions, and museums, including Elektra in Canada, File Festival in Brazil, Les Arts Decoratifs in France, Hyundai Motor Company in Korea, Museum of Modern Contemporary Art Seoul in Korea, Beijing Art Fair CIGE Special Exhibition in China, The Creators Project in NYC and San Francisco and many more.
Minha Yang has been a professor and lecturer for Media Communication Design since 2006.
PARALLEL & SYMMETRIC DIALOGUE
"Is it possible for people to have perfectly balanced conversations amongst the many relationships they make and have?"
This work, “PARALLEL & SYMMETRIC DIALOGUE” begins precisely at this question. The dialogue begins as two identical diamond structures communicate with each other through intense light movements. The repetitive light patterns are programmed to appear and disappear rapidly, which causes their wavelengths to look incomplete and asymmetrical. This disturbance to the “parallel and symmetric dialogue” generates a sense of instability in its viewers, which manifests in feelings of discomfort, anxiety, and tension.