[ISEA2019] Artists Statement: Jeon Jinkyung & Kim Dongwook (Roomtone) – In the Gray

Artists Statement

Virtual Reality and Video Installation, computer, Oculus Rift, projector, speaker, dimensions variable, 6’00.

While humans are dreaming, the physical human body exists, but does not ‘exist’ in our perception. Human consciousness constantly moves back and forth between the boundary. During this process, we experience surreal and random senses in the virtual space called a dream, and it symbolizes an aspect of unpredictable possibilities of humanity.
In the Gray is a Virtual Reality film that probes into the relationship between error and humanity in human dreams so that artificial intelligence can perfectly mimic mankind. The title ‘Gray’ symbolizes a variable area that cannot easily be dealt with in a world where black and white are clear-cut and that there are numerous random layers that exist between clarity and obscurity. This work depicts a conversation of artificial intelligence and a dreaming human being in the beginning, and it unravels the contemplation on ‘humanness’ that is illustrated through error and incompleteness in virtual reality.

  • Roomtone is an artist collective that uses VR for game development, sound design and media art creation. Jeon Jinkyung & Kim Dongwook, the two artist of the group, create media-based experiences through virtual reality, especially when game and music emerge in digital space. They are seeking to present the possibilities and direction of their own artistic language through the game engine which blurs the boundaries of media art and game, and also by the experimental production and storytelling mainly produced with sound. Selected as the creator for KALEIDOSCOPE (2017) and being invited at the VR LA and NYC Independent Film Festival for the work Depth of Circle, Roomtone’s artwork has been exhibited at various international and domestic festivals including Seoul International New Media Festival (NeMaf).

This artwork was created with the support of ZER01NE.