Yiyun Kang is an artist, a researcher, and a lecturer.
Kang was born in Seoul, Korea. She holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Seoul National University’s Painting department and a Master in Fine Arts from UCLA’s Design & Media Arts department. Upon completion of her MFA in the United States, Kang worked and taught in Korea for 3 years, subsequently moving to London, where she is currently working and pursuing a PhD at the Royal College of Art.
Kang is internationally recognized for her projection mapping installations. Her work has been exhibited in a number of museums and galleries in Europe, Asia and the United States and she has taken part in several residency programmes, including that of Victoria and Albert Museum and Korea’s National Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has been shown at Seoul Museum of Art, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art and the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014. Kang has received several awards and has been commissioned to create work by various institutions and foundations.
Rather than focusing on the making of objects, Kang’s work explores the cultivation of relational environments through spatial projection mapping installations. These works investigate opposing values such as reality and virtuality, materiality and immateriality, object and non-object, exploring the overlapping area between those extremes. Kang’s works do not really belong anywhere between these conflicting values; instead, her work attempts to generate mixed-reality environments, engendering perceptual ambiguity and leading the audience to reflect on this dichotomy. As the centripetal force that precipitates this mixed condition, digital media provide the vehicle for her exploring this in-betweenness.
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