Jongjun Son, ‘Defensive Measure’, 2016, Nam June Paik Art Center

While modern man enjoys comfort in this technologycentered society but simultaneously, may fall into minorities isolated and suffered from technology. Jongjun Son designed a kind of defensive prosthesis to help those who find themselves socially disadvantaged take a ‘self-defensive measure.’ This defense equipment, such as an armor and helmet made out of metals, sponge, etc., shows the merger of humans and machines. In some respects, digital media including a computer and a smartphone may have already heralded the bond between our body and machine. The artist asks a question about how man and machine form a relationship in the social environment including the technological one. Are we experiencing the extension of the self through the combination with machines? Or, are we increasingly becoming self-closed and isolated?

About Jongjun Son