38-year old Korean artist ByoungHo Kim makes sound sculptures. What’s a sound sculpture? It’s beautiful. It’s delicate. It’s functional. It’s sound. It’s light. Because there is no prescribed “purpose” to Kim’s pieces, they are classified as art. Using two nerd-approved techniques called piezo and arduino, Kim creates sculptures that, by their movements and shapes, emit and change sounds.
But Kim approaches his works like products. His planning phase is intense, and his sketches are more like architectural blueprints. These blueprints include every aspect of the piece – from wiring instructions to material specs. Once the sketch is complete, Kim sends it off for production.
While there is a Duchampsian quality to his works, Kim identifies more closely with the Minimalists than the ready-mades.
Moon Hyejin describes Kim’s aesthetic as follows:
“As opposed to Duchamp, who raised questions purely at the conceptual level by ‘selecting’ and ‘naming’ manufactured goods and elevating them to works of art, the Minimalists chose a much more concrete and practical method. Here, the artist is neither a maker who directly brings the work into form, nor a namer who designates given objects as works of art; he is a director in charge who produces the idea and conducts the production process.”
Hyejin’s critique is definitely worth a read. When you finish, spend some time scrolling through the rest of Kim’s media installations, sound sculptures, and performances at www.bitpaste.com.