© Yiyun Kang    since 2008

Short film on CASTING 
produced by V&A, supported by Samsung

Kang’s interest in the Cast Courts stems precisely from the fact that the objects in this collection are copies rather than originals. The copy versus original ontology is particularly relevant for Kang because the notion of originality does not strictly exist in the digital realm. However, projection mapping is a medium that challenges this ontology in so far as-despite its digital nature-it exists only when incorporated into a physical environment.

Slide show, Photo © Yiyun Kang

In the artist’s words:
‘The atmosphere in the Cast Courts is already somewhat surreal. I have attempted to build on this atmosphere without producing physical objects. The layer of ephemeral lights creates a spatiotemporal experience in which the real casts meet the virtual in a unique symbiosis’. 

Kang wanted digital projection mapped onto the casts would provide a virtual portal that invites the audience to another dimension; mixed reality environment. This membrane of artificial light transformed the existing casts in a perceptually different way. In so doing, this installation would offer a thought-provoking experience to the audience.

Slide show, Photo © Yiyun Kang

Slide show, Photo © Yiyun Kang

“CASTING  is a projection mapping (new territory for the Museum) specifically designed for the V&A’s collections, engaging the audience by its strong immersive qualities despite using complex digital techniques and logistics”.

V&A curator Dr. Rosalie Kim, who led the acquisition process, 2016

Slide show, Photo © Yiyun Kang