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by Jang-Won Lee

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Jang-Won Lee
2-46 Mapo-ku, Sangam-dong
Seoul, 121-270

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.

The realtime 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.


sunTracer project II capture image
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Artist Biography

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 sunTracer.

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