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Asian Cultural Centre, Gwangju KR
Concave mirrors, projection, haze, scanning
14,000mm x 8,000mm x 6,000mm
The installations present a semi-material mode of existence, materialising objects from light. Light Barrier Third Edition is a new installment in this series that exploits the confusion and non-conformities at the boundary between materials and non-materials, reality and illusion, and existence and absence.

The 6-minute sequence employs the motif of the circle to travel through themes of birth, death, and rebirth, helping shift the audience into the new mode of existence. The artists use the circle often in their works to evoke the fundamentals of materials and the external connection between life and death.

The artists are interested in how impressionist painters were inspired by the introduction of photography to create 'viewer-less images'. The installation allows images to arise from the canvas, creating painting outside of perspective. It is a direct approach to the artists’ theme of ‘drawing in the air’.
김치앤칩스는 평면에서 입체로 또는 무형의 공간으로 표현영역의 프레임을 확장하고, 빛과 시간과 공간을 엮어 자신들만의 독특한 시각적 표현을 실험한다. 그들의 작업 전반에 걸쳐 일관되게 나타나는 예술적 개념, Drawing in the air는 라이트베리어에 이르러 정점에 이른다.

라이트베리어의 세 번째 에디션은 2016년 국립아시아문화전당의 커미션으로 제작, 전시되었다. 제각각 다른 형태로 재단된 630개의 오목 거울들은 정교히 맞물리며 거대한 유기체 형상을 이룬다. 이 부유하듯 떠있는 거울들은 8개의 비디오 프로젝터에서 송출되는 이미지를 연무 속 허공 위에 반사시키며 그림을 그린다.

물성과 비물성이, 실재와 가상이, 존재와 부재 등이 마주치며 만들어내는 혼돈과 모호성을 작품의 영감으로 사용하였으며, 시작점과 끝점이 한점에서 만나 끝없이 반복되는 원의 형상을 삶의 패턴과 비유하며 제작하였다.
In this edition, 8 architectural video projectors are split into 630 sub-projectors using a structure of concave mirrors designed by artificial nature. Each mirror and its backing structure are computationally generated to create a group that collaborates to form the single image in the air. By accurately calibrating each of the 16,000,000 pixels individually, light beams can be merged in the haze to draw in the air. 42 channels of audio are then used to build a sound field that helps to solidify the projected phenomena in the audience's mind.

The third edition of Light Barrier was commissioned by the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju. The technology is enabled by Rulr, an open source graphical toolkit for calibrating spatial devices, created by Kimchi and Chips.
making of
Fabricating : metal structure
Fabricating : mirror cutting

Commissioned by
Asian Cultural Centre, Gwangju

Engineering by
Chung Youngjae
Studio Sungshin

Sound design by
Junghoon Pi

Videography by
Kimchi and Chips 

Related links
| LIGHT BARRIER THIRD EDITION | 2018. 2016. Asian Cultural Centre, Gwangju.