Panel: Emotion Studies in a Contemporary Art Debate
“Sensing without sensing” explores new dimension of sensorial experience shaped and suggested by virtual technology and interactive media. The core principle of “sensing without sensing” is lightening weights of actuality, in order to open the infinite space of meta realms, awakening underlying perceptive layers of our body transforming into intangible, indefinable, and spiritual. It is Korean experiential reality, continuously conflicting between actual and virtual layer: the chaotic state of neither here nor there, in a quantum state of paradox. Sensing without sensing is a Korean ontological journey of taking off to the sky. It is quite an emotional journey, from extreme grief to joy, continuously dreaming, desiring, and eventually transcending sky. This process is based on cosmology of Sam- Tae-Guek demonstrating three basic elements and their dynamic swirling dance as a primitive eastern cosmological model before yin/yang. Korean quantum psyche “Jung” explains the emotional aspect of swirling: nostalgic and unconditional love towards infinite oneness. Jung brings forth another cultural psyche called “Han”, which is the first action of looking up to sky with extreme emotional state of grief, but with strong wish to overcome the situation almost seems impossible. Han is eventually transformed into ultimate state of playfulness called “Shin-Myeong”. Finally, this journey detaches us from phenomena, returning us back to the position of looking at the sky but with no mind, which move attention from focus to horizon: finally looking at entire quantum fields of nature. The mode of sensing without sensing will be further connected to the ontological issue of the virtual body, exploring a rich meta sensorial experience of user and avatar.
- Semi Ryu received her BFA from the Korean National University of Arts and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University (US). She is an associate professor in the Department of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ryu is a media artist who specializes in experimental 3D animations and virtual puppetry, based on Korean shamanism and oral tradition of storytelling. Her works have been widely presented in exhibitions and performances in more than 15 countries, and her academic papers, which have focused on the ritualization of interactive media, have been published in international journals and conferences. Her virtual puppetry was recently performed at Chelsea Art Museum, New York. She is currently writing a chapter for the book “Point of Being” (editor: Derrick de Kerkhove,) and is a senior advisor for the project “Avatars for virtual heritage”, funded by the Nationial Endowment for the Humanities.