© Yiyun Kang    since 2008

DEEP SURFACE, documentation (excerpt), 9'00" 
(full installation 23'00"), fulldome projection, 2017

"Kang sculpts space through projected moving images, altering the static nature of architectural structures by turning the dome into a spatiotemporal environment in which the audience is invited to immerse itself. Consequently, Kang’s work generates a “deep surface” that visually folds and unfolds and augments the real through virtuality.  A type of cutting-edge
"For her work Deep Surface—an oxymoron that undoes another key dichotomy—Kang employs the same technological means to project images onto the internal surface of a dome [...]  Due to the immateriality of the projected beam of light, the architectural surface and the illusion of depth co-habit rather than collide. The domed ceiling is transmogrified into a different kind of space without being physically or permanently modified. 
trompe-l’
oeil, Deep Surface’s conflation of dome and moving digital images erodes the boundaries between illusion and reality. In addition, the mode of spectatorship required by this work annuls the disparity between individual voyeuristic experiences and public modes of observation."

 


quote from Into the Deep Surface, Daehyung Lee
for full text HERE  

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Slide show, Photo © Yiyun Kang

Slide show, Photo © Yiyun Kang

Slide show, Photo © Yiyun Kang

Slide show, Photo © Yiyun Kang

Slide Show, Click to enlarge the images

"There is a clear correspondence between Kang’s dome and Plato’s cave as illusionistic enclosed spaces. Kang’s dancers, for instance, immediately echo Plato’s dancing shadows. Yet Deep Surface also distinguishes itself from Plato’s allegory in an important way. Indeed, while Plato’s cave underscored people’s trust in their perceptions and unquestioning adherence to knowledge constructed on perception, Kang’s work has the opposite effect. Because Kang’s projections completely dissolve the solidity of the dome and disrupt our sense of space and order and, by extension, our cognitive centering, Deep Surface pushes us to question our perceptions and somatic experience of a highly immersive environment. We are mesmerized and even absorbed by the work’s trompe l’oeil effects and yet critically aware of their impossibility. Trapped behind the cloth, the dancers—who cannot see us or our world beyond the white screen—become clear metaphors of our own confinement within our always finite and imperfect worldview. In this manner, Deep Surface places its dancers in the same position as Plato’s prisoners, which in turn allows us, the audience, to experience a revelatory Brechtian distancing or estrangement effect." 


 quote from Into the Deep Surface, Daehyung Lee