The future research plan is to learn how technological environment could shape & transform human action and even aesthetic practice in public or private space.


I believed that to have a better understanding of the meaning of today’s environment, it was necessary to investigate the changing boundaries of virtuality and the meaning of spatial relations. Throughout the research, I focused on discussing the nature of thought, the nature of communication, and issues of control that are deeply related to technology in today’s cultural environment. To achieve this, I studied historical theories about buildings and environments. By utilizing the space as a communication medium, I chose to create a piece that was a statement itself. The language I used in this piece dealt with the idea of simulated causality and new modes of interactive experiences. The first impression of my work was a display of a chain of events between physical objects and digital elements.
However, reinterpreting something from one medium to another involved conducting interdisciplinary research on every aspect of the way things work. By positioning computations in creative contexts, I was able to approach design in idiosyncratic and playful manner. The exploration of space as a platform for distributed media enabled me to learn how new modes of design practice could influence and shape the perception of an architectural environment.
Double click to play movie. Voice by Masha and Austin Lee

The installation was a research study on the intuitive aspects of human response and interactions in the embedded digital environment. The purpose was to learn the new way in which technological environments could shift people’s sensory awareness of their surroundings and even change aesthetic practices in public or private spaces. My future plan is to learn how new identifications of design practice in terms of using computation could influence spatial practice in a further context. My exploration aims to engage more audiences in learning new ways of experiencing the environment as a visual communication medium; it seeks to address emerging contents with idiosyncratic visions. My belief is that this ongoing research will point to a rich area of investigation that will reveal the invisible insights of the modern digital world and help us to understand the relationship between humans, technology, and environment in a playful and meaningful way.


Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space (Beacon Press, 1958, Translated by Maria Jolas, 1964, Foreword by John R. Stilgoe, 1994)

Elizbeth A. Grosz, Peter Eisenman, Architecture From The Outside (MIT Press, 2001)

Michel De Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life (University of California Press, 1988, Translated by Steven Rendall)

Norman M. Klein, The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory (New Left Books, Haymarket Series, 1997)

Norman M.Klein, The Vatican to Vegas (The New Press, 2004)

George Dodds and Robert Tavernor, Editors, Body and Building (MIT Press, 2002)

Mark Weiser, The Computer For the 21st Century (Scientific American Special Issue on Communications, Computers and Networks, 1991)

Jeremy Millar, Fischli and Weiss: The Way Things Go, (One Work, MIT Press, 2007)

Directed by Godfrey Reggio. Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance, 1982

        thanks to:


Jesus, I couldn’t have done it without you Lord.

>my amazing family
Father, mother, Seunghyun bro, Seungjae bro, Inae Hyungsunim, Ahyun, grandpa, grandma, and all of my aunt's and uncle's family, I love you and I miss you all.

>thesis committee
Anne Burdick(lead advisor), Phil Van Allen, Tim Durfee

Elise Co, Ben Hooker, Norman Klein, Garnet Hertz, Rob Ball, Sean Donahue, Kevin Wingate, Thea Petchler, Shannon Herbert, Holly Willis

Peter Cho, Jaehyuk Sung, KyungRan Choi

>friends & colleagues
Amy Sharp
Chris Becker
Nicole Chan
Chris Laurtizen
Hyun Ju Yang
Ting Yun Chien
Scott Liao
Ana Ramos
Julianne Weiss
Ping Tsung Li
Mari Nakano
Hae Jin Lee
Dee Kim
Jae Kim
Hoon Oh
Dustin York
Zhengxin Xi
Adam Guzman
Luke Johnson
Parker Kunci
Link Huang
Michael Manalo
Alex Braiwood
Daniel Lara Seucedo
Sarah Kim
Jinmi Choi
Jackson Wang
Justin Gier
Jonathan Jarvis
Artie Vashisht
Rubina Ramchandani
Min Ju
Christiane Holzheld

>special thanks to
Jiyon Hong
Haelim Paik
Mikey Tnasuttimonkol
Yoo kyoung Noh
Haemi Yoon
Jiha Hwang
Hye Mi Kim
Hunter Sebresos
Yu-Seung Kim

oh! and thank you so much
>facility people
Stan & Jerry
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Graduate Media Design Program Art Center College of Design