[ISEA2018] Artists Statement: Hyojin Jang, Pilwon Hur & Jinsil Hwaryoung Seo — Lotus Flower

Artists Statement

Other Realities sub-programme

“Lotus Flower” is an installation art piece. First, each leaf of the lotus flower was made of ribbons that are twinkling and transparent. As needed, I included ribbons with wires, ribbons with laces, and normal ribbons to maximize the characteristics of the flowers and thus maximize reality. Second, I controlled the light in the flowers using Arduinos so that the flowers respond to the movement of audiences. Each leaf responds to one audience. To see how all leaves of the flower are responding, a collaboration of multiple audiences are needed. Third, I added the design of Korean alphabet “O”. For the Lotus, two colors, i.e., red and white, will be displayed by LEDs. When all red LEDs are turned on, it will form “O” whose Korean name is “ieung.” “O” is the first consonant in the word “Lotus Flower” in Korean. To make “O”, several audiences have to collaborate. In this way, my work shows the beauties of the Lotus flower, the Korean alphabet, and collaboration of audiences for the public art.

  • Hyojin Jang was born in Seoul, Korea. She earned both her B.A and M.A degrees in Korean language and literature in Korea. After moving to the United States, she took a double major of Time-Based Media and Illustration at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2015. Hyojin is currently studying to obtain her MFA degree from Texas A&M University.
  • Pilwon Hur is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, USA. He is the director of the Human Rehabilitation Group and is a member of Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems. Dr. Hur is interested in the control and rehabilitation of human movement and robotics.
  • Jinsil Hwaryoung Seo is an assistant professor in the Department of Visualization at the College of Architecture and a faculty fellow in the Center for Health Systems & Design at Texas A&M University, USA. She received a Ph.D. in Interactive Art and Technology from Simon Fraser University in Canada and an MFA in Computer Arts from School of Visual Arts (SVA).

Supported by the Department of Visualization, Texas A&M University, USA