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Impulse

2021, non-pulsating pump, solenoid valve, micro controller, distilled water, acrylic, aluminum, 230 × 200 cm

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Argos

2018, Gelger Müller tube, glass, aluminium, micro controller, 48 × 40 × 40 cm






Events of the universe, the visible and invisible, and the transparency filling itself up by penetrating transparent forms fluctuate silently in the space. Impulse and Argos symptomatically tear down boundaries and pulsate as if they were living organisms. Like an upside-down tree letting its pure sap flow to its numerous branches without pulsation, Impulse on the ceiling in the form of a chandelier sends clear liquid and air bubbles into the transparent cylinders attached to its 27 branches with no sound. Argos, sharing the name with the one hundred-eyed giant in Greek mythology, is a 42-channel particle detector and blinks its flash when it detects particles of the universe. Whenever it sends a flashing signal to Impulse, a slight change occurs in the pulsation of Impulse. Argos and Impulse are two independent works, but they are connected and operate in the space organically. In Siberia, shamans wearing tools and robes that symbolize trees send smokes to the sky as a sacred purification ceremony. Like a primitive tribe tree that connects its space to heaven and earth, the piece traverses a material world, which is established as symbols, purposes, and values to cross a world of materials that enable fundamental observations of material properties. Gaston Bachelar said that dreamers no longer dream of images, but they dream of materials. The works are a fluctuation of ceaseless dreams and the worlds intertwined. They represent materialized existence that provides audiences with an experience of the horizon of many tangled and involved events.

Yunchul Kim is a writer and electronic music composer living and working in Seoul. His recent works are focused on the artistic potential of fluid mechanics and the context of metamaterial (photonic crystal) electrofluidics, which have been exhibited at the Yokohama Triennale in Japan, the National Museum of Art in Estonia, ZKM in Germany, Ars Electronica in Austria, and the International New Media Art Triennale in China, the Ernst Schering Foundation in Germany, Transmediale in Germany, New York Digital Salon in the US, Electrohype in Sweden, and Medialab Madrid in Spain. He received international awards such as the 2016 Collide International Award from the European Institute of Particle Physics and the Third prize of VIDA 15.0, and have worked as a member of the Art and Science project group, Fluid Skies (2012- 2014), a researcher of Liquid Things, an art study project at Vienna University of Applied Arts, and as the research director for Mattereality, an independent research group for the interdisciplinary research program of the Academy of Advanced Sciences.