2017, Ox-bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, Saugatuck, MI
2017, Galerie Protégé, New York, NY
2017, International Mykonos Multimedia Festival, Greece
2017, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
2018, Athens Animfest Official Selection, Athens, Greece
2018, The Current Museum of Art, 1# Salon on Identity, New York, NY
2018, Clio Art Fair, New York, NY
2018, CODAME Art + Tech Festival, San Francisco, CA
2018, SUPERNOVA Digital Animation Festival 2018, Denver CO
2018, Side, Refiguring Binaries, Conversation at the Edge, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago IL
2018, CODAME HD Collection, Intersections, San Fransico, CA
2018, 4th Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, Shenzhen, China
2019, Tehran International Animation 11th Festival, Tehran, Iran
2018, The Current Museum of Art, New York, NY
We have a long-term dilemma for we have a short-term body.
The shifting nature of human emotions is like the seaweeds on the bottom of the ocean, floating around according to the different currents passing by. Our love and joy, our betrayal and hates, and many things in between wave within the thoughts and choices we make in our everyday life. One cause for our desire for intimacy is to extend our limited selves. We attempt to know others and to love someone also help to achieve one of the greatest efforts of self-realization.
Maybe there will be/is a world, where everyone can know everyone else intimately. An intimacy that is beyond the body, and into the mind and soul. It would be through every second and minute, through every single cell, every thought, every movement, while with the complete freedom. Then we would really know a lot more about this world we live in.
But as humans in this current world, we can only see this what we call life and others on the side. We shall realize that no matter what our perspective is, it is always limited. But this should also give us hope, as we hope this world is not only just what we can see, full of unpredictability and hurts. Death then must not be the end, since we do not fully know.
Digital space has a certain stability so much more so than the real space we inhabit. Digital space is a realm that exists in-between life and death while it belongs to neither. Digital space can be treated as neutral. You may choose to attach meaning and thoughts to it, but its nature does not necessarily change. In a way, digital space is rather constant, the little piece of eternity that we can encounter in our everyday modern life.
Relating to the discourse of abstraction and representation from the painting tradition, Side employs a rigged and animated female human form to be deconstructed and formed by the computer simulated liquid meshes.
Project Studio Assistants: Dohee Kim and Yuki Cong
Sound Commission: Daniel Brookman