[ISEA2019] Artist Statement: Yoon Chung Han – Eyes

Artist Statement

Interactive art installation: Customized camera interface, projections, dimensions variable,
3D printed sculptures 220x150x50 cm each

Eyes is an interactive biometric data art that transforms human’s Iris data into musical sound and 3D animated image. This artwork is created as a series of biometric data artworks. The idea is to allow the audience to explore their own identities through unique visual and sound generated by their iris patterns based on iris recognition and image processing techniques. Selected iris images are printed in 3D sculptures, and it replays the sound generated from the iris data and projects 3D converted image images. There is an interactive art installation that audience members can capture their iris data and experience 3D animated eye image with a unique sound in real time. This research-based artwork has an experimental system generating distinct sounds for each different iris data using visual features such as colors, patterns, brightness and size of the iris. It has potentials to lead the new way of interpreting complicated dataset with the audiovisual output. More importantly, aesthetically beautiful, mesmerizing and a bit uncanny valley-effected artwork can create personalized art experience and multimodal interaction. Multi-sensory interpretations of the iris data art can lead a new opportunity to reveal users’ narratives and create their own “sonic signature”, which will be able to trigger a new way of “intersections” in the fields of art and science. Using camera sensing technologies, 3D printing and audiovisual experience, this artwork allows the audience to experience how arts and biometric science can create a new aesthetic.

  • Yoon C. Han is an interactive media artist and award-winning interaction designer. Over the past ten years, she has created a wide range of interactive audiovisual art installations, data visualization, sonification, and musical interface design. Her works have been presented in many international exhibitions, conferences and academic journals such as ACM SIGGRAPH Art gallery, Japan Media Arts Festival, Media City Seoul, ZKM, NIME, ISEA, ACM Multimedia, ACM CHI, IEEE Vis, and Leonardo Journal. She earned her bachelor and the first Master degree at the Seoul National University, and her second Master degree at Design | Media Arts, University of California, Los Angeles, USA. She was a visiting researcher/data visualization specialist at SENSEable City Lab, MIT in Cambridge, MA, USA. She holds a PhD. in Media Arts and Technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. She is currently an assistant professor in the department of design in the San Jose State University.