Where are you from?
I am originally from Seoul, South Korea.
Where do you live now?
I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
What have you been doing since you graduated?
I am teaching at Louisiana State University (LSU).
What is your current job? In 2 or 3 sentences, can you explain what
your position is and what some of your responsibilities are?
I am an assistant professor of digital art at LSU. I supervise the
Art & Tech Laboratory (@Lab) as a co-director, teaching both
undergraduate and graduate courses in animation, video art, physical
computing, creative coding, senior project, and graduate seminar. I
am also a research scholar in the Cultural Computing Research Group in
the Center for Computation and Technology (CCT) at LSU. As a faculty
member serving on the development committee and digital art
area-coordinator, I aid in developing courses and curriculum
pertaining to interactive design and digital fabrication as well as
other activities associated with electronic media production.
Can you tell us about a recent project you’ve worked on that you were
really excited about?
Over the past two years, I created two site-specific outdoor kinetic
pieces, Floating Identity and A Journey of Footsteps, organized and
funded by the Amorepacific Museum. Floating Identity
(https://vimeo.com/138714890) is a gigantic face in a granite pond that
audiences can change the female figure’s facial expressions with
manual handles. The face submerged in the water reveals the
alternating standards of feminine identity in constantly flux and
fluidity. A Journey of Footsteps (https://vimeo.com/178472720) with
Myung Ki Nam represents the power of collaboration and cooperation.
Using foot pedals, participants experience positive active dynamics of
a conjoined future walking together. Currently, I am developing a
racist robot, Invisible, which collects sentences including derogatory
terms posted on online platforms and print out those sentences to
initiate discussions about sensitive social and racial issues.
Invisible explores the political implications of how freely
discrimination is expressed online, where these discriminations can
easily be hidden. The most important purpose of Invisible is to raise
discussions, not to remain in frustration. Please find further
information on my website at www.hynam.org.
How do you think the program helped prepare you for your life after
Among the enormous amount of things that I have learned from digital
media department at Georgia Tech, I can elaborate on two specific
things: communication and collaboration. I learned how to present my
work, not only to artists or designers but also to other peers in
computer science, engineering, humanities, or even business through
research and theories. Georgia Tech broadened my perspective in
digital media and taught me how to organically share ideas and develop
visions within social systems. This process usually requires
collaboration with others who may have different backgrounds. Georgia
Tech offered me an opportunity to learn about myself and find my
expertise as well as how to communicate with my peers and execute
projects with the synergy of collaboration.