site-specific installation
installed in a 40′ long shipping container
projector, sensor, iridescent sheer fabric, fan, reflective mylar, led ropes, speaker
80 x 86 x 72″
@ Kobe Biennale 2013 ‘Art in Container’

Nebula (from Latin: ‘cloud’) is a product expelled by new stars in the process of formation. Stars form out of large clouds of gas and dust; once some stars have formed inside the cloud, their light illuminates the cloud, making it visible to us.

‘Nebula’ is a site specific installation. When I look toward our star; the sun, normally, everything in my vision turns into visible and invisible. This is nature’s rule: an object is only visible when light reflects it. Under a light source, every subject is illuminated in human perception because light amplifies our vision. Sometimes, I question myself perceiving specific things in between variety of appearances in my life, but also my endless desire and movement toward my perspective. Because we state in an artificial world, which is designed by human being, I see there is a dilemma to find ourselves in a natural space over the artificial surroundings. In search of our dreams and self-consciousness, we feel lost in between two worlds. Yet, we direct our perspectives to the distance further than able to see, in between numerous visual encounters in reality. Why are we longing other sides of our boundaries? What drives us to process time and space beyond physical and psychological distance, to someone or something else? To find our own reflections that transcend the reality, I started to find the light that travels physical and psychological distance, because we are the distant dreamers. ‘Nebula’ invites an authentic experience from our individual perspective that focuses on viewer’s optical perception in a present moment. Also, the installation possibly elicits an emotional response to one’s state of mind in between two worlds.

 ‘Nebula’ installation visualizes the nebula in a deep space. Iridescent curtain is slowly rocking by wind current. The light appears as a newborn star, beams from the behind of curtain, and the light makes the curtain visible and illuminated. The curtain casts rotating ripples of reflected light to the walls and the ceiling. Reflective floor and walls covered by synthetic film maximizes the reflections in the space. An ambivalent feeling in a dark and hazed space drives viewers self-motivation to discover. In an abundance of physical surfaces and superficial appearances, clouds ahead of us would fades away to let the sun reflects us, when our perspectives direct to someone or something else beyond physical distance.