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[Intermedia Theater] Constellation of Things ④ - Digital Objects Enchant and Mediate

Digital objects are now creating a new world. From those which are inscribed deeply into the flesh of our everyday life such that we sometimes forget they are out there, to those which add new dimensions to art, science and politics, enchanting digital objects mediate between technology and humans and constantly awaken our ideals of humanized technology. Korean and Japanese media artists invite you to the parliament of digital things.

The stage is set up as if an ordinary living room. Twelve objects are placed on the table, selected by two media artists, Korean and Japanese. Operating the objects one by one, the artists are having a conversation about situations of contemporary society influenced by technology. With the advent of such technologies as digital cameras, smartphones, robots, drones, 3D printers, IoT, etc., we are now faced with privacy issues, endless hybridization of new technologies that leads to unpredictable mutations, self-reliant and distributed awareness and action instead of centralist control, and the death of personified objects. This signifies digitalization of the real world, and accordingly it is certain that our perception of the future is also changing. New possibilities and questions arise from what used to be familiar, when it becomes reality that objects are in computing operation with each other for themselves, and even that objects can communicate with humans. The artists’ speculations represented in the conversation with objects, will prompt us to rethink our ideas about and attitudes toward the digitalized world.

Masayuki Akamatsu is a media artist and a professor at Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Science. He obtained a PhD at Kyoto City University of Arts. Akamatsu works with interactive music and video, and is recently interested in mobility and reality in terms of influences of technology on people and society. His major works include publications Max’s Textbook, iOS’s Textbook, applications Banner, Sekai Camera, installations Time Machine!, Ouroboros Torch, and a wearable device FUN'IKI Ambient Glasses, etc.

Hyojung Seo is a media artist and a professor at Samsung Art and Design Institute, who has a master’s degree in digital design at IDAS. Her work is focused on defamiliarizing and approaching ordinary spaces and objects from a new perspective. She shows her work in workshops and exhibitions where processes can be shared, in light of the fact that ‘experience’ itself becomes an integral part of interactive art. Among her works are Snow White on the Table, Waterly, Museum of Memory, Miscommunication City, The Two Koreas by Words and Image, etc.

Kafka-chanz (Masayuki Akamatsu, 2015), Miscommunication City (Hyojung Seo, 2008)

■ Date & Time: 15:00-17:00, Friday 30th October 2015  

* This event will be conducted in Japanese-Korean consecutive interpretations.

■ Venue: Leeum Auditorium

■ Fee: 20,000 KRW (Membership 10,000 KRW)

■ Contact: Dr. Seong Eun Kim (Leeum Education and Public Programs,

* If you have a query about booking for this program, please contact us at or phone 02-2014-6655.

2015 Intermedia Theater “Constellation of Things” Programs

Consists of an interdisciplinary roundtable, a presentation of international case study, film screenings and conversations, a lecture performance, and audience participatory media art lecture.

08 May ① Things in between Art and Life  
Dongwook Seo (Prof. Philosophy, Sogang Univ.), Hyoukwoong Kwon (Prof. Literature, Hanyang Women's Univ.), Dongyeon Koh (Prof. Art History, Hongik Univ.), Youngjune Lee (Prof. Intermedia Art, Kaywon Univ. of Art & Design)

04 Sep ② Museum as Event    [
Dominic Willsdon (Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Practice, SFMOMA)

18 Sep ③ The Screen Talks To Memories   [
Eunhee Kim (Film Curator, MMCA Korea), Jongkwan Kim (Film Director)

30 Oct ④ Digital Objects Enchant and Mediate  
Masayuki Akamatsu (Prof. Media Art, IAMAS), Hyojung Seo (Prof. Interactive Art, SADI)

06 Nov ⑤ Dance into the Exhibit  
Kyung Ae Ro (Choreographer, vzwCABRA), Jin An Kang, Myung Kyu Song, Young Sun Kong (Performers)
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