HyperEssay: Artist and Artwork Selection


Artist Name: Joon. Y Moon

He is a programmer cum designer. Having worked as motion graphic designer, Joon has managed to create interactive media art which includes a story line with both sounds and visual appeals. He has taken part in both individual and group exhibitions, and has won a few awards.

Some of his solo exhibitions are “Sensitivity Tangibility Tangible Sensitivity” in Seoul, Korea and “Inter-Scenery” in NYC, US.

Artwork Chosen: Augmented Shadows

This particular artwork has a combination of Interactivity, Hypermedia and Immersive media. It allows users to interact with the artwork and it reacts by visualizing an augmented reality of nature. From that, the artwork responds differently to where the audience places the cubes on the table. This artwork has a specific repeated interactive storytelling. It shows how the ecosystem around us affects and coexists in our everyday lives. A chain reaction is formed when interacted differently.

In this artwork, the cubes represents different objects such as houses, trees and for the main cube, light. By moving the cubes around, the silhouettes of the objects follows specifically. The placement, angle and shadows of the houses change according to where the lights are placed. The main idea of the artwork is that the main cube, which represents the light, is the activator of the whole artwork. Nature are attracted/needs the light to work. Therefore, wherever the light moves, it activates an action from the other objects.

For example, when the light moves around, trees starts to grow around it as one of the source of survival for trees is sunlight. Humans starts to walk towards it and take parts of the light with them and brings it back to their home. As the houses (filled with light) moves around, trees will start growing around them too. Lastly, when trees are moved around, birds will start to fly around and everywhere.

This is how the sequence of the artwork works:

Website link: https://joonmoon.net/Augmented-Shadow