2-46 Mapo-ku, Sangam-dong
sunTracer is a long-term, ongoing project
spanning more than a decade. To be installed across the continents and
the oceans, sunTracer chases and captures the movement of Sun
24 hours, and to be more accurate, it chases the altitude and azimuth
of sun movement calculated through GPS coordinates of a given location.
images of different sites are transmitted via network to show human symbol
of longevity and power - sun - but also to depict historical, cultural,
seasonal, and even artificial landscape of the location.
A multi-channeled view centered around the icon of Nature tellingly conveys
the diversities as well as the poetic porosity in human activities. This
networked landscape, which is the combined ‘capture’ of different
but simultaneously the same scenes of the earth, is a portrait of eternity
and transience of a temporal and spatial existence.
The first phase of the project started in 2003, and aims to develop hardware
and software and to experiment with the prototype of installation. Installed
in multiple locations in Korea (so far at two observatories and one at
a gallery) during the exhibition period from 2003 and onward, sunTracer
captured and transmitted images of sky and subtle changes of the nature.
Continuing in-depth experimentation with scientist, curator, environmentalist,
and anthropologist, sunTracer plans to build up its archive (STA:
Sun Tracer Archive) as a permanent public art installation.
project II capture image
Copyright © Jang-Won Lee
As a media artist, sculptor and computer engineer, Jang-Won Lee has been
exploring and bridging the gap between low-tech materiality and computer
technologies. Trained in traditional sculpture making, Lee works with
both hardware and software and finds a new way to revive them, which often
fall into fast-tracked obsolescence. His interests lie in re-working with
computers and machines in a way of humanizing technology. The machines
that breathe in nature and the computer that has humane qualities often
get tangled into dialogue with the audience.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Lee has had two solo exhibitions: encoding/decoding
(2004) and protocol (2005). He also worked as acomputer engineer
and researcher at Younglin Instrument R&D Center and led a collaborative
art project with the scientists at KIST (Korea Institute of Science and
Technology). Currently taking residency in Goyang Art Studio run by National
Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, Lee is continuing his long-term project