ChoiSuk Kyoung Choi, Les Cartes: (I make (therefore) I am)


“Les Cartes” is a user printed sleeve for artist business cards. The surface modeling contains the data of an audio spectral analysis of the phrases “I am” and “I make”. The reference of course is to Descartes “I think therefore I am” recontextualized into the age of distributed originality as “I am (therefore) I make.”

Starting from the idea of visualizing the invisible, one may imagine also the inherent modulation of that original by its successive regeneration, a procedure whereby ‘scanning’ the card (holder) to extract it’s voice results only in distant echoes of the presence of any ‘original’. Scan, convert, print, and repeat, leading to emergent forms of concrete poetry where new sounds, new objects, new meanings, arise from the reproduction of the ghost in the machine.

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Suk Kyoung Choi is a Korean artist and researcher working in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. She is currently a PhD student at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. Choi’s work examines metaphors of process in order to understand the nature of transformation at the interface between experience and knowledge.

Her practice has encompassed traditional painting, drawing, photography and video, printmaking, sculpture, and installation. Recent art-as-research methods have expanded this understanding of process through digital media, the human-computing interface, and performance. As an artist, Choi is interested in the transmedia narrative inherent in the translation that occurs from physical tangibility to immaterial data. As a researcher, she studies human creativity, embodied action in the artist’s creative process, the act and art of creative interaction, and metaphors of cognitive translation in creative process and action.
Suk Kyoung seeks to expose the cultural assumptions and qualia that emerge when quantitative technologies attempt to model and reflect upon a diversity of psychophysical conditions and motivations. Her work has been shown in Seoul, London, Calgary, and Vancouver.