KIMCHI and CHIPS is a Seoul-based art collective founded in 2009 by Mimi Son (KR) and Elliot Woods (EN). Their practice begins with the recognition that the arts, sciences, and philosophy are not distant disciplines that must be bridged, but act as alternative maps onto the same territory, and that employing these maps in tandem allows the territory to be navigated more readily. Their work has been presented at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA Korea), ZKM Center for Art and Media, Somerset House, SXSW, Ars Electronica Festival, ACC Gwangju, Zeche Zollverein and Resonate Festival. They have won awards from Ars Electronica, Media Architecture Biennale, Creative Applications and Darc.

Their installation series ‘Drawing in the Air’ is a study of mass and space-time that brought together the relativistic thinking of Einstein, the duration oriented philosophy of Buddhism and the divide between reality and images which has escalated to a dilemma within contemporary western politics.

Their research-based approach has caused them to give the ‘first word’ on a number of artistic formats both conceptually and in execution - specifically within the fields of volumetric images in fog and 3D projection onto non-designed forms. By releasing their techniques online as over 100 open source code libraries, countless other practitioners have adopted the studio’s understanding and incorporated it into their own work.

김치앤칩스는 물질과 비물질을 빚어 작품을 직조한다.

재료, 기술, 빛, 시공간 등을 주요 소재로 혼합하고, 그 경계에서 발생하는 다양한 현상을 예술적 주제로 삼는다. 그들에게 있어 재료와 기술은 예술적 개념만큼 중요한 출발선이며, 반복되는 일상의 작업과정은 타고난 재능만큼 중요한 예술적 동력이라 믿는다.

시각예술을 전공한 손미미(대한민국)와 물리학을 전공한 엘리엇우즈(영국), 두 작가로 구성된 김치앤칩스는 자연, 철학, 수학, 과학, 음악, 예술이 한 지점에서 출발하여 서로 다른 여정을 치른 후 결국엔 다시 한 지점에서 조우한다는 것을 작업의 과정과 완성을 통해 배우며 실천하고 있다.

2009년 결성 후 Drawing in the air (허공에 그리기)라는 개념 하에 물성의 재료와 비물성의 빛이 만들어내는 공감각적 대형 설치물 작업을 구현하고 있으며, 더불어 예술과 기술, 문화와 사회가 다양한 관점에서 표현되고 협업될 수 있도록 돕는 활동 또한 멈추지 않고 있다.


Mimi Son (KR) was born in Seoul where currently she lives and works.

An obsession with geometry and Buddhist philosophy inspires her to articulate space and time from various perspectives. This continuous experiment has allowed her to create installation that aims to depict an intersection of art and technology, material and immaterial, real and virtual, presence and absence. Over the past decade she has worked as a designer, professor, storyteller, curator, and artistic director in various countries and institutions.

작품을 만드는 과정과 완성을 통해서 존재, 실체, 관계에 대한 불교철학과 우연히 마주쳤고 이는 작품에 중요한 개념으로 자리 잡았다. 상이한듯하지만 무척이나 닮은 예술과 기술, 자연과 과학의 탐구 과정 안에서 또는 사람과 사물의 관계 안에서 주로 영감을 발견한다. 손미미는 디자이너로, 교수로, 예술감독으로 삶의 경험을 나누고 있으며 작품을 통해 다양한 차이와 변화를 전달하고자 한다. 런던의 미들섹스대학에서 디지털 미디어아트를 코펜하겐의 CIID에서 인터랙션 디자인과 디자인 리서치를 수학하였다.

Elliot Woods (UK) is a digital media artist from Manchester UK.

He graduated with a Masters from the School of Physics and Astronomy and entered the arts following the founding of studio Kimchi and Chips in 2009 where he currently tests alternative relationships between images and reality. Here he participates in conceptual and technical design of projects, and develops techniques in computer vision, machine learning and robotics. His works reveal the implicit nature of systems therein suggesting to audiences revelatory experiences about nature and reality. He has created large scale light field art installations which draw floating images of the sun out of sunlight, or moons from 600 calibrated projector beams. Elliot has contributed to the openFrameworks and VVVV creative coding platforms and has released over 100 open source libraries for free on GitHub.

물리학과 천문학을 전공한 엘리엇우즈는 김치앤칩스의 작품 수행을 통해 이미지와 실재 사이에 존재하는 관계에 대해 연구해오고 있다. 컴퓨터 비전, 머신러닝, 로봇공학 기술을 아우르며 예술적 개념과 기술적 설계가 만나는 접점의 균형을 실험하고, 온라인 오픈소스 플랫폼을 통해 그가 개발해온 코딩 및 소스 등을 공유함으로써 기술이 미치는 사회적 가치 실천에 노력해오고 있다.


Soyoung Lee (KR) observes a relation between artwork and people. This curiosity led her to art production and she has worked with Kimchi and Chips as a studio producer.

Yoona Yang (KR) is designer of Kimchi and Chips.

She has worked as Kimchi and Chips’ production team for Light Barrier Third Edition, now is working as a studio designer for graphic and visual materials and details in the making process of Kimchi and Chips’ works.


Media Architecture Biennale, Nominee of Spatial Media Art

Prix Ars Electronica, Award of Distinction

Prix Ars Electronica, Honorary Mention
DARC Awards, Winner of Light Art Category

Media Architecture Biennale, Winner of Spatial Media Art
18th Japan Media Art Festival, Jury Selection

Imagine Science Films Festival, Official Selection

Selected Exhibitions

Line Segments Space - Negative Space, ZKM, Karlsruhe DE

483 Lines Second Edition - Guangtang Art Museum, Beijing CN
Light Barrier Second Edition - Times Art Museum, Beijing CN
Halo - Somerset House Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, London UK
Acoustic Vessel Odyssey - SxSW Sony Pavilion, Austin US

Halo - Gwangju Design Biennale, Gwangju KR
Light Barrier Second Edition - Ars Electronica, Linz AT
Line Segments Space - QUAD Gallery, Derby UK

Light Barrier Third Edition - Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju KR

Lunar Surface The Incinerator - Bucheon Art Bunker B39, Bucheon KR
Light Barrier Second Edition - STRP Biennale, Eindhoven NL
483 Lines Second Edition - ACT Festival, Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju KR

Line Segments Space and Link - Site Whanki Wave, Whanki Museum, Seoul KR
Light Barrier - SIGNAL Festival, Praha CZ
Line Segments Space (Molecular Cloud) - Scopitone Festival, Nantes FR
Light Barrier - New Media Night, Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, Kaluga RU
Lunar Surface - Artspace Geumcheon, Seoul KR
Line Segments Space - Install Workshop, Resonate, Belgrade RS
483 Lines - Jeju museum of Art, Jeju KR

Lit Tree - Open Creativity Open World, Seoul KR
Line Segments Space - Da Vinci Idea, Artspace Geumcheon, Seoul KR
Lit Tree - Lux Light Festival, Wellington NZ

Assembly - Water Museum, Busan KR
A Journey - Hack the City, Science Gallery, Dublin IE

Lit Tree - SIGGRAPH Asia, HK
Link - TETEM Kunstruimte, Enschede NL
Lit Tree - The Creators Project, Seoul KR
Link - File Festival, São Paulo BR
Link - Athens Video Art Festival, Athens GR
Lit Tree - Future Everything, Manchester UK

Link - Design Korea, Seoul KR

Workshops / Lectures

Workshop, talk - The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Louisville US
Talk - Urban Media Art Academy Symposium, SG

Talk - Korean International Art Fair, Seoul KR
Keynote talk - Retune Festival, Berlin DE
Keynote talk - IALD Annual Forum, Shanghai CN
Keynote talk - Emergent Visions, SG
Keynote talk - Den Frie Udstilling, Copenhagen DK

Talk - Campus D, Seoul KR

Talk - MMCA, Seoul KR
Talk - RAT school of ART, Seoul KR
Talk - Da Vinci Idea Market, Hyundai Card Understage, Seoul KR
Workshop, talk - Resonate Festival, Belgrade RS
Workshop - Opendot, Milan IT

Artist talk - ACT Festival, Asian Culture Centre, Gwangju KR
Artist talk - DDP Design Talk, DDP, Seoul KR
Workshop - Seoul Art Space Geumchoeom, Seoul KR
Keynote talk - Semi Permanent, Wellington NZ
Workshop, keynote talk - Coded Matter(s), Amsterdam NL
Workshop - STRP Festival, Eindhoven NL
Keynote talk - Resonate Festival, Belgrade RS
Keynote talk - Museums and the Web, Chicago US
Artist talk - Ilmin Museum, Seoul KR

Artist talk - EyeO Festival, Minneapolis US
Artist talk - Resonate Festival, Belgrade RS
Festival director - Distortion Field Conference, Seoul KR
Festival director - Da Vinci Creative Festival, Seoul KR

Workshop - MadLab, Manchester UK
Talk - Push Conference, Munich DE
Workshop - Stereolux, Nantes FR
Talk - INST-INT, Minneapolis US
Workshop - Circle of Light Festival, Moscow RU
Workshop - Seoul Art Space Gumcheon, Seoul KR
Keynote talk - Lux Symposium, Wellington NZ
Talk - Korea Design Center, Korea Institute of Design Promotion, Seoul KR
Workshop - Tokyo University, Tokyo JP
Talk - Media Art Conference, Ewha Womans University, Seoul KR
TEDx talk - University of Manchester, Manchester UK
Talk - NODE 13, Frankfurt DE
Workshop - Culture Shift Zimbabwe ZW
Workshop - Figment Productions, Guildford UK
Talk - Lux Light Festival, Oslo NO

Talk - Korea Design Center, Seoul KR
Talk - MadLab, Manchester UK
Talk - Rhizomatiks, Tokyo JP
Talk - Social Media Cafe, Manchester UK
Talk - Art&&Code, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh US

Workshop - Art&&Code, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh US
Talk - Samsung Art and Design Institute, Seoul KR
Workshop - Seoul National University, Seoul KR

Talk - NODE 10, Frankfurt DE