WHO I AM _ 김태윤 _ 미디어아티스트

Musician, Media Artist & Software Engineer

Drawing from his career as a programmer of major web portals and social networking services, Media artist and programmer Taiyun Kim is mainly working on data-based projects with an interest in the distribution structure of data in new media. Currently, he is an artist-in-residence at the 'ARKO Art Center C-Lab' with his team members Hankil Ryu and JiHyun Yoon, under the name of ‘Plan B’.

김태윤은 포털 사이트를 개발했던 경험을 바탕으로 스마트폰 도입 이후 급격히 변화된 미디어 환경에 주목하며 뉴미디어에 흐르는 다양한 데이터를 다룬다. 주로 포털이나 소셜네트워크와 같은 뉴미디어의 재매개 및 탈매개화 과정과 디지털이 갖는 구조적 취약점을 디지털과 아날로그의 변환 과정을 통해 반복해서 드러낸다. 이를 위해 수집 가능한 다양한 데이터를 적극 활용하며 류한길, 윤지현 작가 및 수많은 협업자들과 함께 다양한 설치 작업으로 풀어내고 있다.

2010년 모바일 아트 작품인 <Hyper Fish, 2010>를 통해 보이지 않게 쌓여가는 디지털 흔적에 대해 예견했다면, 트위터와 스마트폰의 만남이 수많은 사회적 이슈를 낳았던 2011년부터는 본격적으로 소셜 네트워크를 작품에 도입하기 시작한다. 특히 <sp@ce, 2011>에서는 4대강과 같은 사회적 이슈를 장소 특정적인 퍼포먼스로 풀어낸 트위터 어플리케이션을 직접 제작하기도 하였으며, 2012년 “즐겨찾기의 비밀(Secrets of Favorite)展“에서는 T-Tower의 외부와 내부 파사드에 포털의 인기 검색어, 트위터, 미니홈피의 실시간 데이터를 이용한 3개의 작품을 배치하여, 뉴미디어 간의 유기적인 관계를 공간적, 시각적 흐름으로 표현하였다.

여기서 한발 더 나아가 <Twitter Buddha, 2012>라는 작품에서는 소셜 네트워크에 과잉 노출된 개인의 모습을, <A/DD/A, 2012>, <2013 : A/DD/A>라는 작품을 통해서는 뉴미디어와 현실에 대한 철학적 고찰을 디지털과 아날로그, 그리고 이 변환 과정에서 생기는 노이즈를 통해 보여주었다. 한편 <we_cloud, 2012>, <Cloud Painting, 2012>과 같은 작품에서는 관찰자의 시선이 주체자의 행위에 영향을 주게 되는, 주체 없는 예술의 가능성에 대해 실험을 하기도 하였다. 카카오톡을 연상시키는 <시간을 달리는 소년(Parallel Timeline), 2012>에서는 우리의 생활 깊숙이 침투한 빅 데이터를 다루며, 스마트한 미디어의 속성을 ‘즉각적 미래’라고 정의한다.

하지만 5.18. 광장(구 전남도청)에 설치한 <혼불(Soulflies), 2013>과 같은 작품에서 드러나듯, 조르주 디디-위베르만 식으로 이야기하자면 이는 강렬한 미디어의 이미지-빛(luce)에 대한 관심에서 비롯된다기 보다는 다양체의 경험이 파괴되어 버린 것 같은 이 사회에 여전히 잔존하고 있는 수많은 약한 빛-반딧불(lucciola)에 대한 애정 어린 시선에서 출발한다. 이미지에 숨어버린 이면의 데이터에서 미광의 징후를 발견하고 고체(Solid)화 된 구조 속에 갇혀 버린 디지털의 액체성(Fluidity)과 커뮤니케이션의 '틈'을 회복하고자 한다. 이를 위한 방책으로 <유연(有緣)사회(Fluid State Society), 2014>라는 새로운 형태의 데이터 저장, 분배 및 유통 구조를 제안한다.


Highly interested in the productive sharing of information and social network services, he developed and launched 'kin.naver.com' in 2002 and also developed the giftshop service for 'cyworld.com' in 2011. 'kin.naver.com' is the most well-known knowledge-based online community service and the 'cyworld.com' is the largest social networking service in Korea.

With years of experience developing web portals under his belt, Taiyun Kim focuses on the rapidly transformed media landscape that followed the introduction of the smartphone and works with the various data that permeates today’s new media. He mainly focuses on the re-mediating of new media such as portal site and social network service and its process of de-mediating. Furthermore, he reveals the structural weakness of the digital by repeating the transformation between the digital and the analogue. For doing this, he actively makes the best use of various collectible data and develops them into the form of installation work while working with many collaborators including JiHyun Yoon and Hankil Ryu.

Kim anticipated the idea of the inconspicuous accumulation of digital footprints through his mobile artwork <Hyper Fish, 2010>, and in 2011 - wherein many societal issues arose from the convergence of Twitter and smartphones – he began to more consciously involve the idea of social networks in his work. In <sp@ce, 2011>, Kim himself developed a Twitter app that examined societal issues such as the four-river refurbishment project through site-specific performances. In the “Secrets of Favorite” exhibition of 2012, he sought to express the organic relationship between various avenues of new media through spatial and visual flow by installing 3 artworks that utilized the real time data collected from popular search words, Twitter, and “minihompy’s” on the T-Tower’s outer and inner façade.

Later on, he discusses the over-exposure of one’s self in social networks in <Twitter Buddha, 2012> and offers a philosophical study on the relationship between new media and reality through the conversion process between the digital and analogue, as well as the noise that is produced from the conversion in <A/DD/A, 2012> and <2013 : A/DD/A>. Meanwhile, in works such as <we_cloud, 2012> and <Cloud Painting, 2012>, Kim experiments with the possibilities of art that is without a conscious subject - that is, art in which the observer’s viewpoint affects the actions of the main agent. Devised to resemble a giant “Kakaotalk” screen in its appearance, <Parallel Timeline, 2012> examines the prevalence of big data in in our everyday lives and defines the quality of “smart” media as “avenir immédiat”. In a world where records are left but recollections of it are minimal; a world in which anyone can access and be exposed to data, data becomes our life and art itself.

However, as it is seen from the work <Soulflies, 2013> installed at 5.18 plaza located in previous mayor hall of Jeonnam province, his work started from affectionate gaze on the dim light-the glow of light fly, which is still surviving in this society where variety of experience was destroyed rather than from the interest in the powerful light of media if we say like Georges Didi-Huberman. He finds out the symptom of soft light from the data, which is hidden in the backside of image and then tries to recover the ‘gap’ of communication and the digital fluidity trapped in the solidified structure. Coming up with the solution for this, he proposes the new structure of data storage its share and distribution, namely <Fluid Sate Society, 2014>.


  • 2013 Single Flower, Digital Single & EP, Korea
  • 2012 Temperature, Digital Single, Korea
  • 2010 Hyper Fish, Digital Single, Korea
  • 2015 06.23. - 2016 02.20. ACC ACT Center, Gwangju, Korea
  • 2014 06.01. - 2016 01.19. ARKO Art Center C-Lab, Seoul, Korea
  • 2014 06.23. - 2014 08.23. Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2013 09.16. - 2014 06.30. Seoul Art Space GEUMCHEON, Seoul, Korea
  • 2015 10.16. - 10.30. UNION SPACE _ Plan B, Space Feelux + Space Haebang, ARKO Art Center, Korea
  • 2014 08.08. - 08.23. Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, 1 1/2F Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2013 11.03. - 11.07. The Art of New Media, Arseniev State Museum, Vladivostok, Russia
  • 2012 04.02. - 04.30. COMO, Secrets of Favorite, T-Tower, Seoul, Korea
  • 2015 11.25. - 05.15. Plastic Myths, Space 2, ACC Creation, ASIA CULTURE CENTER, Gwangju
  • 2015 11.04. - 11.10. On the way to Red, BIFT Park, Beijing, China
  • 2015 08.07. - 08.19. KOREA, Our Stories, National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, Korea
  • 2015 04.16. - 04.30. A Blanket _ Waiting, Story of 0416, Space Haebang, Seoul
  • 2015 01.20. - 01.24. NATURE+MEDIA ANNUALE 2014, Untitled Gallery, Gana Art Center, Seoul + Jeju
  • 2014 11.20. - 11.21. Open Sailing, SEBASI PAN 2014, ICC, Jeju, Korea
  • 2014 07.17. - 11.16. Good Morning Mr.Orwell 2014, Nam June Paik Art Center, Youngin, Korea
  • 2014 03.05. - 06.05. Butterflies 2014, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea
  • 2013 10.28. - 10.29. Gwangju International Media Art Festival, 5.18 Plaza, Gwangju, Korea
  • 2013 10.22. - 12.15. Daegu Media Art ZKM, Daegu Art Factory, Daegu, Korea
  • 2013 10.17. - 10.18. Open Creativity, Open World, COEX Hall D, Seoul, Korea
  • 2013 07.18. - 09.01. Republic of the Two, ARKO Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 2012 12.28. - 01.28. Digital Furniture, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea
  • 2012 12.14. - 12.21. Atelier t*h exhibition, Zeroone Design Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 2012 09.22. - 11.24. Busan Biennale, 'Outside of Garden', Busan Cultural Center, Busan, Korea
  • 2012 09.11. - 11.04. Mediacity Seoul, 'Spell on you', Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  • 2012 09.04. - 10.06. Lay artist, SK UX HCI Lab & Happy Square, Seoul, Korea
  • 2011 07.25. - 07.30. 10th KEAF, Seogyo Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 2010 09.01. - 09.30. INDAF :: Mobile Art, Tomorrow City, Songdo, Incheon, Korea
  • 2015 06.19. - 06.21. Seung-il Bridge, Korea Culture Technology Institute, Gwangju, Korea
  • 2014 11.27. - 11.30. MAKE WEAR LOVE, Wearable Hackathon, Coex Hall D, Seoul, Korea
  • 2014 04.01. - 07.13. Dear Shirin Neshat, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
  • 2014 04.01. - 06.30. Planet Board, 1F Lobby, SK Planet, Pangyo, Korea
  • 2013 07.26. - 07.27. Art Center Nabi Hackathon, SK UX HCI Lab, Seoul, Korea
  • 2013 07.03. - 07.06. Tokyo International Book Fair, Korea Pavilion, Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2012 10.05. - 10.27. SPAF, we_cloud @Daehangno Arts Theater, Seoul, Korea
  • 2012 05.12. - 08.12. EXPO, we_cloud @Beautiful Scape, SK Telecom Pavilion, Yeosu, Korea
  • 2011 05.28. - 05.28. Potato Blossom Festival, Potato Blossom Studio, Pyeongchang, Korea
  • 2011 09.29. - 10.12. DMC International, DMC Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • 2014 07.17. - 07.17. Hello, World!, Nam June Paik Art Center, Youngin, Korea
  • 2014 05.29. - 06.01. Turn/On Studio, Art Space GEUMCHEON, Seoul, Korea
  • 2014 05.16. - 05.18. Wedding Shower, Space Haebang, Seoul, Korea
  • 2014 02.25. - 02.25. HIV 4+, Cafe Byul-Kkol, Seoul, Korea
  • 2013 10.04. - 10.19. A Declaration of the Situation, SPACE99, Seoul, Korea
  • 2013 07.18. - 07.18. Republic of the Two, Space Feelux, ARKO Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 2012 09.08. - 09.08. 11th KEAF, Opening Performance, Hongdae Area, Seoul, Korea
  • 2011 07.23. - 07.24. 10th KEAF, Opening Performance, Hongdae Area, Seoul, Korea
  • 2017 02.24. - 02.24. Fundrasing & Art Marketing, BLUE SQUARE, Korea
  • 2016 01.30. - 01.30. IoT Workshop III, ACT Center, ACC Creation, Gwangju, Korea
  • 2016 01.15. - 01.15. ACT Lecture, ACT Center, ACC Creation, Gwangju, Korea
  • 2015 09.17. - 09.18. IoT Workshop II, ARKO Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 2015 03.30. - 11.30. Creation Factory, SFAC + Art Center Nabi, Middle & High School, Seoul
  • 2014 12.20. - 12.21. IoT Workshop, ARKO Art Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 2014 11.20. - 11.21. The Change Makers & Innovation for Good, SEBASI PAN 2014, ICC, Jeju, Korea
  • 2014 11.06. - 11.06. Hello, World!, Name June Paik Art Center, Youngin, Korea
  • 2014 08.15. - 08.15. Art and Technology, Fab Lab, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2014 07.30. - 07.30. Prototyping, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2014 04.16. - 04.16. The Gap of Digital Communication, Hongik Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
  • 2013 12.01. - 01.30. SK SNS Salon, SK UX HCI Lab, Seoul, Korea
  • 2013 11.03. - 11.07. The Art of New Media, Arseniev State Museum, Vladivostok, Russia
  • 2012 08.27. - 12.16. Computer Project I, Kaywon School of Art & Design, Uiwang, Korea
WORK (Software Engineer)
  • 2005 B.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University