Yeseul Song 송예슬
Yeseul Song is a South Korean–born, NYC–based artist who uses technology, interaction, and participation as art media. She uncovers creative possibilities of non-visual senses and creates new sensory languages using technology to advocate equitable and imaginative views of the world. With the belief that art needs to be accessible to everyone, she explores and occupies non-traditional art spaces to challenge commonly held ideas about access and accessibility of art. She’s best known for Invisible Sculptures (2018-2021), a series of non-visual experiential sculptures made of sound, warmth, air, smell, and thought. Her artwork offers novel perceptual experiences that encourage people to rethink and challenge how they normally perceive, think, and interact with the world.
Yeseul is currently an Artist Fellow at More Art and Community Member at New Museum’s NEW INC. She teaches physical computing and interactive art at NYU Tisch’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) & Interactive Media Arts (IMA), where she will be an Assistant Arts Professor starting in Fall 2022!
Previously, she was a Resident Artist at Museum of Arts and Design, Art & Code Member of New Museum’s NEW INC (in partnership with Rhizome.org), Artist Fellow at the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy, Artist-in-Residence at Mana Contemporary’s New Media Program, Inaugural Fellow of the Future Imagination Fund, and Research Fellow & Teaching Fellow at NYU ITP. She was a part of Dark Matter Manufacturing on 33 Flatbush, Brooklyn. In 2021, she showed her Invisible Sculptures series as a fully funded solo exhibition at the Clayarch Museum, a major public museum in South Korea. A book about her series, Invisible and Existent, has been published (ISBN 979-11-90401-32-6).
Her work has been supported by the Wave Farm MAAF (Media Arts Assistance Fund), NYSCA, Embassy of the Republic of Korea’s Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C., Brooklyn Arts Council, DUMBO, Seoul Foundation of Arts and Culture (Korea), GimHae Cultural Foundation, among others. She won iF Design Award, Communication Arts Interactive Annual, and Lumen Prize Longlist.
Her creations have been shown/introduced at places including Clayarch Art Museum (South Korea), Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, D.C.), KBS News (Korean Broadcasting System News), New York Live Arts (NY), Fort Mason Art and Culture Center (SF), Art in Odd Places (NY), Westbeth Gallery (NY), CultureHub (NY), Mana Contemporary (NJ), and IAC Building (NY), among others. She’s a contributor of the SFPC Recode project that has been presented at the Day for Night Festival (TX), Sónar+D 2017 (Barcelona), and Google I/O (SF).
Yeseul is an alumna of NYU ITP, School for Poetic Computation (SFPC) in New York, USA and Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.
한국 부산에서 태어나 현재 뉴욕에서 활동중인 미디어아트 작가이자 교육자이다. 첨단 과학기술과 인터랙션을 재료로 관객이 직접 참여하는 감각적 경험을 창조함으로써 예술과 관객의 관계를 재정의하고, 시각 중심의 기존의 예술적 패러다임에서 벗어난 비시각적 경험을 통해 미디어아트의 의미를 확장하고 더 많은 관객들을 포용하고자 한다.
뉴욕의 뮤지엄오브아츠앤디자인 (MAD Museum), 뉴뮤지엄 뉴잉크 (New Museum’s NEW INC), 뉴저지 마나컨템포러리 (Mana Contemporary) 등의 레지던스를 거쳤으며, 뉴욕파운데이션오브아츠 (NYFA), 뉴욕문화재단 (NYSCA), 브루클린아츠카운실, 한국영사관 문화원 등에서 다수 기관에서 작가활동을 지원받았다. 또한, 커뮤니케이션아츠 인터랙티브 어워드 (Communication Arts Interactive Award) 와 이프디자인상 (iF Design Award) 을 수상한 바 있다. 스미소니언 허쉬혼 뮤지엄 (Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum, D.C.), 뉴욕라이브아츠 (New York Live Arts, NY), 컬쳐허브 (Culture Hub, NY), 구글 I/O (Google I/O, CA), 바르셀로나 소나 (Sónar) 및 다수에서 국제적으로 작품을 전시하였고, 주요 작품은 “보이지 않는 조각들 (Invisible Sculptures)”로, 한국에서는 클레이아크미술관, KBS 뉴스, 서울문화재단을 통해 소개되었다.
뉴욕대 티쉬예술대학, 연세대학교, 시적연산학교를 졸업하였으며, 뉴욕대 티쉬예술대학 인터랙티브 텔레커뮤니케이션프로그램(New York University Tisch School of the Arts’ Interactive Telecommunications Program)에서 전임교수(Assistant Arts Professor)로서 후학에게 예술과 기술을 가르친다.
* Photo by Aing Studio / Courtesy of Clayarch Art Museum