Taeyeun Kim, ‘Island of A-life’, 2016, Nam June Paik Art Center
Taeyeun Kim, ‘Island of A-life’, 2016, Nam June Paik Art Center
Taeyeun Kim, ‘Island of A-life’, 2016, Nam June Paik Art Center
Taeyeun Kim, ‘Island of A-life’, 2016, Nam June Paik Art Center

Taeyeun Kim has been fascinated by the bio-science field, such as organismal cloning and the interaction between atoms and molecules, as well as the principle of emergence. Island of A-life is composed of thale cresses to which the artist’s DNA was added and a large-scale glass structure into which viewers can blow their breath. The green liquid moving in the structure, which was inspired by the structural similarity between vegetation and man, represents the circulation of blood. This work visualizes the fact that man and plant life originate from the same root in the beginning, and the liquid circulation caused by viewers’ breathing refers to the convergence and interaction between them. The artist raises questions whether life can be regarded as material or information, and in what way life can be created artificially.

Image rights: Installation view at Nam June Paik Art Cente

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