Sojung Bahng

retrospective

2 February - 10 April 2022

Curated by Stéfy McKnight

PROTOHYVE is fortunate to virtually exhibit the research intensive and thought provoking work of award winning artist and film-maker Sojung Bahng. This exhibition is a retrospective of Bahng's work, which examines fragility, 

affect, relationships and vulnerability through film, moving imagery, and virtual reality. Juxtaposing theory, technology, and audience engagement, Bahng's practice based research is an immersive  and reflexive experience that unsettles notions of femininity, race, class, and embodiment. The artworks and films chosen for this retrospective encapsulate Bahng's interdisciplinary and scholarly rigor through practice based methodologies. 

 Poetry of Separation, Database Film, 10min, 2015

 Poetry of Separation, Database Film, Installation Video, 2015

Kimchi Bitchi, 2018-2019

Sleeping Eyes by Noon (Sojung Bahng and Sungeun Lee), Interactive Cinematic VR, 2019 - 2020

Anonymous, Animated VR Film, 2018-2019

Photo of the artist, light face, and long dark hair.

Sojung Bahng is an award-winning artist, filmmaker and researcher, and currently works as a postdoctoral research fellow and instructor at Carleton University in Canada. She is a director for Artengine, a multidisciplinary art and research group based in South Korea. Sojung holds a PhD from SensiLab at Monash University in Australia, and her doctoral thesis was awarded the 2020 Mollie Holman award for the best thesis of the year in each faculty. She graduated from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) with a master’s degree in Culture Technology and holds a BFA from Korea National University of Arts (K-Arts), majoring in TV & Film Production and Art Theory. Sojung explores cinematic media via digital technologies to reflect aesthetic and narrative experiences in cultural and philosophical contexts. Sojung’s works have been shown at many prestigious festivals around the world. Her interactive VR project Sleeping Eyes won the award of excellence in experience design at the Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories (FIVARS). 

Sojung’s animated VR film Anonymous was screened at various international film and animation festivals, including BIAF in Bucheon, TSFM in Torino, TIAF in Tbilisi and ANIMAZE in Montreal. Sojung’s 360° autobiographical documentary film Floating Walk was nominated for Social Impact Media Awards in Los Angeles, and her dance film Poetry of Separation was screened at NDC in New York. Sojung’s experimentations into architectural cinema and digital storytelling were exhibited at many international symposiums and conferences, such as ISEA, ArtsIT, ICIDS, TEI, SIGCHI and more. She also curated and directed an art and technology exhibition called Somplexity funded by Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture.