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Yonsei Alumna Wins Two Prestigious Awards of Excellence in Interactive Media Arts Competition May 30, 2019

Song Yeseul wins Communication Arts Interactive Competition for innovative and immersive exhibitions


Yonsei alumna Song Yeseul (entering class of ’06, Library & Information Science) won two Awards of Excellence in the 2019 Communication Arts Interactive Competition for her innovative interactive media art projects.


The competition is hosted by Communication Arts, the most prestigious international design and art magazine in the field of visual arts. First founded in 1959, the magazine introduces outstanding talent and projects in graphic design, advertising, photography art, illustration, and interactive art every other month. 


The Communication Arts Interactive Competition presents the CA’s Award of Excellence, one of the most coveted awards in the industry, for outstanding interactive projects created for digital distribution on desktop, interactive installation, handheld device, online service or the World Wide Web. Selected by a nationally representative panel of distinguished developers, interface designers and creative directors, the winning entries are distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Interactive Annual, giving influential exposure to the winning creators.


At this year's competition, the distinguished judge panel included Josh Goldblum, founder and CEO of leading experience design agency Blue Cadet, and Isabel Kantor, Senior Technology Director at global digital innovation consultancy R/GA. 


Running against fierce competition with entries from around the world, Song was the only individual to win two Awards of Excellence this year.


Her first award-winning exhibition, "Invisible Sculptures," is a series of five sculptures that can only be “seen” with senses other than sight, such as sound, touch, and smell. "I wanted to experiment with invisible boundaries that form alienation in society - to create a space where invisible forms are perceived through sound, heat, airflow, and odor," said Song. Song created the sensory features of each sculpture with a variety of software and technology, including software music sequencer, a thermal camera, electromagnetic spectrum, and infrared heating elements. “I love the playful approach to interface and interaction,” commented juror Josh Goldblum. “A great set of experiments around nonvisual and nontraditional interface design." 

See Song’s work here.


Her second project was "Indigo," an audio-visual performance designed for the Interactive Telecommunications Program’s Big Screens Show hosted at the iconic IAC Building in Manhattan, New York. With media artist Michael Simpson as collaborator, the team created an audio-visual system that analyzes the live electronic music they played onstage, transforming the music to data and generating graphics accordingly on an immense 120-foot-wide screen. "My favorite part about this project was the usage of light on the screens to create an ambient mood within the space," said juror Isabelle Kantor. 

See Song’s work here.   


Song's "Indigo" performance


Having double majored in Library & Information Science and Human Environment & Design at Yonsei University, Song is currently creating experimental pieces that incorporate technology and art at New York University and the Mana Contemporary Gallery in New Jersey as a new media artist. 


"During my undergrad years at Yonsei University, I took classes in information science, design, and engineering and began experimenting with technology, design, and art. Taking classes in various departments helped me acquire knowledge in a diverse fields – I began applying a converged, interdisciplinary approach to my work, which led me on the path to media art,” said Song. “At Yonsei, I had the freedom to pursue academic interests across different fields and I had many opportunities to learn from leading experts. This background contributed greatly to my current work.”  






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