Junu Ahn

Aug 1st, 2017

Junu Ahn

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Junu Ahn is a multimedia artist living and working in Hong Kong. Originally from South Korea, he received his BFA in Video Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His works are visual explorations of  human interaction and behaviour in the contemporary digital era.

Tell us about the works we are featuring?

My works are abstract portraits and landscapes of cyberspace. In them, I recreate cyberspace as another world. I imagine as if the cyberspace is a physical dimension. Something like in ‘Superhuman Samurai Syber-squad’

How does technology affect your work?

 

Technology is one of main inspiration and resource of my work.

Bruce Sterling described the Internet as “a true, modern, functional anarchy.”

I capture this digital anarchy in abstract form through the processes of remix, redux and reconstruction. Our contemporary ‘information’ society is in a very unique stage of continuous reinvention, as a result of the extreme speed which technology advances today. Unprecedented deviations of human behavior have occurred with cyberspace being a space for human interaction.

How does social media affect you and your art?

 

Social media vividly paints a picture of human behavior and emotion. Even if we opt to stay anonymous when online, posting online and maintaining presences creates a unique identity on the internet. Each individual is their own brand manager. But despite this new control over one’s identities in cyberspace, these expression ultimately become the property of the internet’s masses. Internet identities are vulnerable to the influence and values of the masses and constantly readjust to reflect these values. The values of the masses are disposable and constantly shifting. This susceptible relationship is mutual between the mass and the individuals.

In my work, I am trying to redux fragments from interactions in cyberspace, remix and recreate them. The pixels’ shifting expression is a depiction of the society’s. The shift and repetition may be meaningless as modern disposable values.

How do you get your practice out when it is stuck?

 

I look for inspiration. Usually from the internet. The trashes of the web – excessive web-banners , scam advertising pages, clickbait, buttons, pop ups, illegal download pages.

What can’t you leave home without?

 

My phone. I need to be listening to some music all the time. And all the apps – for photography, social media, etc. I just need them all the time.