1. About the project
Mixed Media Installation, 90 x 60 x 55 cm, 2016
I am a designer with korean roots, born in 1986. Since childhood, I have felt equally drawn to nature and technology. In my day-to-day work, I am constantly surrounded by computers and digital technology. On a daily basis, I find my mind occupied with the state of our contemporary society which is in the middle of a paradigm shift brought about by the growing digitalization, automatization and interconnection of our world, while I am also trying to figure out what a shared future of man and machine might look like.
In New Traditions I am exploring the rituals, customs and traditions practiced in our contemporary society. Every year Koreans honor their ancestors by preparing special dishes and drinks. This year I decided to erect a sacrificial altar honoring my descendants instead, thanking them for a better future.
On this altar I have placed a USB flash drive with stored data of my work, 3D-printed objects, hand-rolled cigars, fine art prints and drawings, laser engraved pieces of wood, ginseng liquor and a visual magazine. These are the things which – of all the objects the machines and I have created over the course of this year – are most valuable to me, laid out in sacrificial offering. For a better future for man and machine.
New Traditions is part of the on-going project Mantra Galactica – Human Catharsis Among Machines.
CONCEPT AND DESIGN: HOJIN KANG
3D PRINT SUPERVISION: VOLKER ZINSSMEISTER
PRINT: BLATTLAUS VERLAG
LASER SUPERVISION: DIRK RAUSCH, HANNES KAEFER
CIGARS: OTTO HATJE
TRANSLATION: ALEX NAVRUZOVA-LANG
SPECIAL THANKS: GYESOON KANG, HWANGYONG KANG, CLAUDIA MENZ, MARCUS FLOERCKS, TEAM MUTABOR
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