1. Custos Cavum (2011) by U-Ram Choe

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    "Custos Cavum", 2011 brass, steel, aluminum, resin, motor, gears, custom CPU board, LEDs 86.61 x 141.73 x 59.06" / 220 x 360 x 150 cm (h x w x d) edition of 3, 1 AP Installation view at the Asia Society Museum, New York City. For his first New York museum solo exhibition, Choe was inspired by Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Shiva Nataraja) from Asia Society’s Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection. This late tenth-century sculpture in turn gave birth to Choe’s own mythological tale of the guardians of two imaginary worlds. He calls them Custos Cavum, or “guardian of the hole” in Latin. This creature protects the flow of communication between the two realms that assures mutual respect. In this fable, the guardian is a symbol of coexistence just as the Hindu god, Shiva, is a symbol of balance and harmony. The artist’s tale reflects the specific contemporary context of the political and economic repercussions of globalism, as well as ecological consciousness. In conjunction with the work that will be installed in the gallery, the artist will also create a related work for the Asia Society window space facing 70th Street at street level. The artist’s mythical story of Custos Cavum connects this small kinetic sculpture in the window to the larger installation that focuses on the circle of life and death. - Miwako Tezuka, Associate Curator, Asia Society Museum Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc. To learn more about Choe's work, please visit: bit.ly/ptsAIE http://bit.ly/zOdWxN

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    • "Una Lumino" (2008) by U-Ram Choe

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      "Una Lumino", 2008 Scientific name: Anmopispl avearium cirrpedia Uram stainless steel, motors, light-emitting diodes, acrylic casting, circuits, custom software, CPU board, cable, motors height 15.5' / 4.7 m, diameter 10' / 3.1 m edition of 3 According to a recent report from United Research of Anima Machine - U.R.A.M., a brand new species of mechanized sentient creatures have been discovered operating within communities. Said to exhibit sophisticated and uniform behavioral patterns, this new species has been observed communicating actively with each other in colonies not unlike those of bees and ants. Communities of these species gather and collect to form a giant mass of pulsing, breathing light, where they exchange information concerning where to find city energy, their main source of sustainence. Despite the inexistence of leaders or orders due to lack of command system, they seem to operate through interactive communication. When the lump with congregated independent living entities shines brilliantly, larvae swim in the air towards it to attach themselves on it. In addition, their eggs and larvae are reported to generate light by themselves. This living entity also emits redundant energy where city energy is necessary through communication by means of light. When looked down from a night plane, the city lights seem as if they are breathing, and some are actually the scenes of these living entities’ interactive communication. Although these living entities are not easy to be distinguished from city lights due to darkness and distance, observations are occasionally made on their swimming act in search of greater community to adhere to. This living entity has the form and movement the same as that of sea acorn(barnacle), which collects city energy in the air by moving their hard mouth. They often attach themselves on some surfaces in factory machinery rooms, basements of old buildings and colorful neon signs within places with high human population density. It has been reported that the discovery of mechanical living entity community in the form of a giant bee hive is the first in history. Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc. To learn more about U-Ram Choe's work, please visit: bit.ly/ptsAIE http://bit.ly/zOdWxN

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      • "Ouroboros" (2012) by U-Ram Choe

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        U-Ram Choe "Ouroboros", 2012 metallic material, resin, 24K gold leaf, motor, gear, custom CPU board, LED 51" / 1.3 m diameter edition of 8 Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc. To learn more about Choe's work, please visit: bit.ly/ptsAIE bit.ly/zOdWxN

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        • U-Ram Choe: MAM Project 004 (2006) at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

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          MAM Project 004 Mach 10 - May 7, 2006 Korean artist Choe U-Ram's unique works explore the boundary between fine art and science, and in particular, cybernetics. With the current state of technological advancement, where robots in every day life are becoming a reality, and where the cloning of organisms is essentially possible, Choe's work is of particular interest. Choe favors flowers and insects as motifs for his sculptural works. And by incorporating simple elements of ‘motion’ into the sculptures, such as machine parts, sensors and/or lightbulbs, he successfully conveys the impression that he is actually creating new organisms. As a part of his production process, he also creates a detailed description of his new species, including its preferred habitat, distribution, growth mechanisms, activity patterns, and eating patterns. In this way his work seems to go beyond the confines of figurative art, and into the wider, more ambitious field of the creation of virtual organisms. This exhibition features a new organism and a description of it made by the artist. The exhibits form a realistic yet artificial space, similar to those in natural history museums. Choe's compelling works represent the aesthetics of some future era - where high technology machines are considered supreme - and in which, without doubt, mysterious, one-of-a-kind experiences can be provided. Exhibited Works: - "Urbanus Female (Anmopista Volaticus Floris Uram)", 2006 20 x 24 x 24 in / 50 x 60 x 60 cm - "Urbanus Male (Anmopista Volaticus Floris Uram)", 2006 10 x 10 x 110 in / 25 x 25 x 287 cm - "Urbanus Larva (Anmopista Volaticus Floris Uram)", 2006 20 x 24 x 24 in / 50 x 60 x 60 cm - "Echo Navigo Larva II (Anmorome Istiophorus platypterus Uram)", 2005 24 x 17 x 15 in / 61 x 44 x 38 cm - "Nox Pennatus (Anmoroprsta Cetorhinus maximus Uram)", 2005 24 x 39 x 22 in / 60 x 100 x 55 cm - "Lumina Virgo (Anlusensta Luciola lateralis Uram)", 2003 3 x 12 x 10 in / 8 x 31 x 26 cm To learn more about U-Ram Choe's work, please visit: bit.ly/ptsAIE http://bit.ly/zOdWxN

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          • "SG" (2010) by U-Ram Choe

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            resin, brass, LED, circuits, motor, rotary gear, CPU board, custom software, base: electroplated brass 63.8 x 63 x 71.25" / 162 x 160 x 181 cm edition of 5 Bringing the experience of stargazing indoors, U-Ram Choe's work in the exhibition Kalpa conjures galactic scale. At the exhibit's center is SG, a spiral galaxy with a three-tier swirling mass of treelike brass tendrils, resin and light. Forming a representation of the Milky Way, the motorized construction orbits an axis driven by electrical pulses. http://www.bitforms.com/u-ram-choe-gallery.html

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            • Sunken Cathedral :: CD Release event :: Asia Society New York

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              • "SG-m1" (2010) by U-Ram Choe

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                "SG-m1", 2010 resin, brass, LED, circuits, motor, rotary gear, CPU board, custom software 29.1" x 17.7" x 19.7" / 74 x 45 x 50 cm edition of 5 Bringing the experience of stargazing indoors, U-Ram Choe's work in the exhibition Kalpa conjures galactic scale. Evoking the awe and wonder of nighttime skies, several flickering orbs illuminate the gallery space and surround the viewer with sparkling nebulae. Depicting a long spiral galaxy, "SG-m1" is a motorized construction of resin and treelike brass tendrils that orbit an axis driven by electrical pulses. Using celestial motion as a metaphor for spiritual discovery, Choe expresses in this work an ageless curiosity of creation and the origins of life. Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc. To learn more about U-Ram Choe's work, please visit: bit.ly/ptsAIE http://bit.ly/zOdWxN

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                • U-Ram Choe_Gold Insecta Lamp_2013

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                  Size : 15(h)x15(w)x36(d)cm Material : Metallic Mateiral, Machinary, Magnet, Electronic Device(CPU Board, Motor, LED)

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                  • "Nebulae-A" (2010) by U-Ram Choe

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                    "Nebulae-A", 2010 rapid prototyped resin, LED, circuits, motor, CPU board, custom software 2 drop nebulae, each: 11.4"x 7 x 8.25" / 29 x 18 x 21 cm 1 c-curve nebula: 5.1 x 5.1 x 7.4" / 13 x 13 x 19 cm edition of 5 Bringing the experience of stargazing indoors, U-Ram Choe's work in the exhibition "Kalpa" conjures galactic scale. Evoking the awe and wonder of nighttime skies, several flickering orbs illuminate the gallery space and surround the viewer with sparkling nebulae. Three rotating rapid prototyped resin pieces comprise "Nebulae-A." Using celestial motion as a metaphor for spiritual discovery, Choe expresses in this work an ageless curiosity of creation and the origins of life. “The speed of light fascinates me. Everything that we see in the sky has already happened,” says the artist. Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc. To learn more about U-Ram Choe's work, please visit: bit.ly/ptsAIE http://bit.ly/zOdWxN

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                    • U-Ram Choe_4th Solo Show _Urbanus_2006

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                      Size : 360(h)x260(w)x220(d)cm Material : Metallic Material, Resin, Motor, Gear, Custom CPU Board, LED

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