Beikyoung Lee

(b. 1969)

Thoughtful Space, 2017, 3D animation, mapping, and sound. Courtesy of the Artist.

“Space, in addition to the physical, is created and manifested in previous unimaginable ways in this digital age. As digital media evolves and develops, its capabilities increasingly go beyond our expectations; areas long thought of as purely in the human domain are now being replaced by the digital with its superhuman abilities” (Beikyoung Lee, 2017).

Thoughtful Space is a sequel to Zero-Gravity Space (2017), continuing the expansion of space and liberate viewers’ thoughts through changes in the visual object. Both works present a space for thought within a relation-based, overlapped, and expanding virtual space.

According to Stephen Hawking’s theory, mankind living in the expansion phase of the universe may one day experience time in reverse when it enters into a contraction phase. Arthur C. Danto in “After the End of Art” also proposed that art, after the end of art, would result in a period of pluralism that has escaped all types of format. Throughout history, art has relentlessly gone beyond and crumbled boundaries, continually changing the ways in which mankind understands space and time.

Whereas the Zero-Gravity Space series employed the hexahedron as a tool to reduce the feelings and associations of visual behavior, Thoughtful Space abstracts the ocean’s flexible and diverse movements through the use of cubes, resulting in an unfamiliar ecosystem that frees viewers’ patterns of thought.

Works by Beikyoung Lees have been exhibited at the Jeju Museum of Art (Korea, 2019), Arco Museum (Seoul, 2018), and Gwangju Museum of Art (Korea, 2018). They have also been presented at ‘G-100 commemoration at the Gwanghwamun Gate Media passard’ (Seoul, Korea, 2017), 2017 Daejeon Science Festival”, Daejeon Expo Plaza, Daejeon (Korea), and the 2008 Busan Biennale (Korea).