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[Exhibition] 《Nabi Artist Residency 2018》(*Extension of the exhibition period: until October 18, 2018)

[Exhibition] Nabi Artist Residency 2018

- Exhibition Duration : 2018.09.05 2018.10.05

   *By popular demand, the exhibition period has been extended until October 18th, 2018.

- Exhibition Venue : Art Center Nabi (SK Building 4F, 99 Seorin-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul, Korea)

- Opening Hours : 10:00 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m. (* Closed on Weekend and public holidays)

- Entrance Fee : Free

- Participating Artists : Matthias Dörfelt, Amay Kataria, Sjoerd ter Borg, Sabina Hyoju Ahn

- Partner : V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media

- Exhibition Sponsor : CROWN GOOSE

- Exhibition Inquiry : Curatorial Team 02-2121-1031

< Exhibition Statement > 

Art Center Nabi is pleased to present the exhibition Nabi Artist Residency 2018 as part of the ‘Nabi Artist Residency 2018-Summer Session’ program conducted during this summer. Celebrating its third anniversary this year, the Nabi Artist Residency program is an international artist exchange program for domestic and overseas media artists.


It is designed to work as a platform to discover young media artists every summer and explore the artistic possibilities of various genres at the intersection of art and technology. We are proud to introduce the residency results of four young media artists: Matthias Dörfelt, Amay Kataria, and Sjoerd ter Borg, who is an exchange artist from the Netherlands, V2_, as well as our domestic exchange artist, Sabina Hyoju Ahn.


Through the process of discussions, critiques, and creation during the residency program, novel ideas and thoughts have been visually shaped into solid artworks with which the audience could explore the ever-changing ‘values’ in modern society. We hope to provide an opportunity to question the dilemma of judging ‘values’ in the applications of emerging technologies and its discourse that is constantly developing and disrupting today’s society.

<Artwork Description>

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Matthias Dörfelt, <Face Trade>, 2018
Code, computer, printer, thermal printer, button, LCD screen, speakers, camera, flash, MDF, Metal, paint, 52x182x60 cm

<Face Trade> is an Art Vending Machine that dispenses unique prints of computer-generated face drawings. Instead of paying with money, buyers trade a mugshot that is taken on the spot in order to be permanently stored in the Ethereum Blockchain, consequently turning the transaction into a semi-permanent Face Swap.

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Amay Kataria, <(Groove) Body>, 2018

Custom code, Blockchain smart-contract, Dimensions variable

<(GROOVE) Body> is a virtual identity available for fractional ownership via the Blockchain technology. Visually manifested as a collection of GROOVE (GRVE) coins, this virtual character possesses the skills to visually pose and perform dance moves to express itself to the owner of a GRVE token. GRVE is a digital token that represents the smallest ownership unit of <(GROOVE) Body>. A fixed supply of 30 trillion digitally scarce, non-divisible tokens represents <(GROOVE) Body>’s identity on the Ethereum Blockchain. For <(GROOVE) Body>, each GRVE token is an essence of rhythm and finesse this virtual dancer represents and also a digital proof of ownership of this virtual character. By owning a GRVE token, one gets partial ownership to <(GROOVE) Body>’s virtual identity.

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Sjoerd ter Borg, <Beach Umbrella>, 2018

Single channel video, Dimensions variable

<Beach Umbrella> is a short film in which a computer categorizes the city of Seoul using Street View archives of companies like Google, Kakao (Daum) and Naver. It questions how technology can be used to examine urban changes such as gentrification. By witnessing the birth, life and death of objects, aesthetics and urban phenomena through extensive visual archives, technology becomes like a fortune teller: reading, analyzing and predicting the future of the city. It shows the past, present and future of one of the objects often used by small businesses and street vendors: the beach umbrella.

Sjoerd ter Borg, <Blindspot>, 2018

Single channel video, Dimensions variable

<Blindspot> shows Street View images of the neighborhood Ikseon-dong which were recorded for the last time in 2013. In parallel, it presents the present day sounds of these streets and a live feed of Instagram posts with the hashtag #Ikseon-dong. Together they show the rapid transformation of this small traditional part of town.

Sjoerd ter Borg, <Bias>, 2018

Interactive (web)-installation, Dimensions variable

<Bias> is a collection of the mobile location data history of the artist. Automatically downloaded Street View images of all the places he has visited are sorted by visual comparison, showing clusters of similar aesthetics and his absence in a large part of the city.


Artist and designers: Sjoerd ter Borg (Nabi Summer Residency Artist) and Mark Jan van Tellingen

Programming: Jorrit Schaap and Melvin Wevers

Research and translation: Suhun Lee, Hee-Eun Kim, Ji Yoon Chung, Yoon Cho Ahn

Aesthetics of Exclusion Research team: Thomas Smits, Dr. Melvin Wevers, Mark Jan van Tellingen and Sjoerd ter Borg

Supported by Creative Industries Fund Netherlands, V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) and Art Center Nabi (Seoul, Korea)

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Sabina Hyoju Ahn, <DIY Bionoise>, 2018

DIY circuit, wooden frame, electronic parts, Dimensions variable

<DIY Bionoise> is an instrument in which the performer can generate sound and control noise, deriving from their own body. The instrument <DIY Bionoise> contains a circuit that can measure the bioelectricity from living beings to create bionoise. Which can be controlled by tactile sense. As a result, this instrument has two functions; a modular synthesizer with an eight-step sequencer and a bionoise controlled mode. <DIY Bionoise> is developed from her previous work "Sonomatter" which explored the transformation of bioelectrical energy from soil bacteria to sound. Its design has been based on electronic music devices like modular synthesisers and step sequencers as well as devices emerging from the DIY culture. The instrument can easily be customized by changing electronic parts with different values such as capacitors and sensors. And creates systems to a musical instrument and adding a tactile element to interact with bioelectricity from the human body.


<About the Artists>


Matthias Dörfelt (b. 1987, Germany)

Matthias Dörfelt is a Los Angeles-based artist. He mainly works in software producing artifacts ranging from drawings, prints, animation, videos and interactive installations to robotics. In his works he often trades control in favor of surprise because he strongly believes in computation as an expressive, playful and humorous tool. Dörfelt will continue to explore these aspects by infusing technology with flaws, naivety and weirdness. He believes in a media arts practice that favors spontaneity over streamlining and hopes that his works contribute to shape our relationship to machines in a similar way. Matthias Dörfelt studied at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Kiel and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California in Los Angeles.


Amay Kataria (b. 1990, India)

Amay Kataria draws inspiration from phenomenology, culture, and natural observations and utilizes technology to intervene and initiate a dialog. His interests lie in repurposing and inventing electronic media in ways that stimulates the senses and expands the mind to offer profound insights into the implications - both positive and negative of techno-culture. His work stems from building digital and physical systems and intersecting them with computer algorithms and computation to draw out the essence of such systems. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Art and Technology Studies at SAIC and is expected to graduate in 2019.


Sjoerd ter Borg (b. 1987, the Netherlands)

Sjoerd ter Borg is an artist and designer based in Amsterdam, whose research focuses on the transformations of cities. Through the use of design, fiction and technology he uncovers hidden layers within an urban context, showing forgotten histories, societal developments or even alternate realities. In doing so he reflects on the past, present and future of city developments. Sjoerd ter Borg has graduated in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and from the Vacant NL master programme (interior architecture) at the Sandberg Instituut art academy.


Sabina Hyoju Ahn (b. 1984, Republic of Korea)

Sabina Hyoju Ahn is an artist who works with various media, sound and organic matters. She has broadened her artistic spectrum in New York, Seoul, London and The Hague. Sabina is a graduate of MA in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths University in London and Mmus in ArtScience at Royal Conservatoire & Royal Academy of Art, in Den Haag, Netherlands. Her research involves finding hidden rules and patterns in natural elements and translating it into different shapes of perceptual experiences. Her works have been shown in various places including Piksel festival (NO), Transmediale Vorspiel (DE), Mediamatic (NL), Athens Digital Arts Festival (GR), Mata festival (US), AMRO (AT), Lab 30 (DE), Mullae Seoul Art Space (KR), ACT Festival (KR), Cité internationale des Arts(FR), V2(NL) and she has been awarded NIME (New Interface for Musical exx-pression 2017) Best Sound Performance.

Manager  HyeIn Jeon
Curator  HeeEun Kim

Residency Coordinator  SuHun Lee

Exhibition Coordinator  SoYoung Lim, YooJin Chung

Promotion  HeeEun Kim, SoYoung Lim

Photograph and Video  JeongHwan Kim, JaeYoung Kim, HoMan Kwon

Technical Supporter  JunHo Choi

Design  SoYoung Lim