Yeon Sue Park is an anthropologist-artist based between Barcelona and Seoul. Exploration of the crossroads between anthropology and art is the first question of her artwork. Anthropological findings and insights bring to create a narrative, and languages and practices of art join it to represent the story. She uses installation, image, performance and writing in her work in order to investigate new forms of visual research and representation.
Souneil Park is a research scientist at Telefonica Research, working in the area of data mining, human-computer interaction, and information visualization. He was involved in a variety of projects, such as data driven analysis of driving behaviour for intelligent car safety features, development of an interactive visual tool for analysing the diffusion of rumors and debunks in social media, design of an online news framework for exposing readers to diverse political perspectives.
Both have been having an interest to collaborate, not only because of the many on going interdisciplinary efforts between art and technology but mainly due to our increasing desire to communicate with a larger public, beyond artist groups or academia using a coherent and experimental language of expression. In this collaborative work, also we expect that the anthropology can play a role in bridging the gap between the two areas, creating a pertinent narrative.
“Still touchable?” explores our relationships to information. The physical relationships we had with the media, such as letters, postcards, newspapers, CD, which started to disappear as the touch, feel, memories and emotions we had with them are disappearing. Instead, we CLICK. The omnipresence of screens where we click on has not helped us yet figure out the type of substance it has, the data. Are they material or immaterial? Do they truly exist? If so, where and how? Encountering this paradox of existence, we invite people to reflect on our physical relationship to the information: Who replaced our bookstores, record shop and post offices? And how? Can we recuperate our physical relationships with the information nowdays? Can they still be tangible and interactable? The public will explore these questions in a remote and hidden space, which resembles a data center, where our actual daily performance of producing and receiving information reaches after having a “long” journey. This space where the intangible data finally takes a physical form will lead people to recall the interaction experiences of the past and contrast them.