Ronald McDonald's House Charities - Korea

RMHC (Ronald McDonald’s House Charities) is a charity organization run by McDonald’s, providing housing to families of ill children in need. There are some ~300 houses around the world, and Korea’s first RMHC is being built right now, near Busan, S. Korea.

Rendering of the house currently under construction

Rendering of the house currently under construction

 

For this new house, I was asked to create a projection-mapped donor wall, incorporating Korean elements into the modern design of the house. I decided to use animated Minwha (traditional Korean illustrations) on handmade ceramic plates, to bring two crafts that really shine in Korean art.

Here’s a little snippet of the content ->

The building interior is still under construction, and therefore the artwork cannot be revealed yet in its full environment.

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Here’s a bit of the installation process, behind-the-scenes:

 
 




"Backstage" at the Park Avenue Armory gala

So much happened in 2018 in my life that I hadn’t updated since Jan. 7 this year.

But to jump right into current events, this is the most recent job I did, and one very different from what I usually do. I mostly work with installations or video pieces, and rarely in a live event setting. But I wanted more experience and exposure in that area, so I took up a gig assisting the Artifice NYC team building the video content for the Park Avenue Armory gala.

The programmer, Associate Designer and TD during tech

The programmer, Associate Designer and TD during tech

The video team was co-designers Katy Tucker and Brad Peterson, and associate designer Lisa Renkel. I served as the assistant designer, being on site throughout tech, assisting any content creation, revision and rendering. It was a strange shift going from mostly being my own boss or directing or working directly with clients to being an assistant in a team. An intriguing experience for sure, to witness how the world of live events go down. Revisions happened down to the last minute before house opened.

The contents were a mix of abstract, artistic video contents to glorified presentation slides and sizzle reel videos. And also the use of IMAG. In the end, all things went smoothly and lasted all too short compared to the enormous hours poured in. Such is a live event.

Programming done on Watchout

COVER: a short story for a vinyl album

I wrote the following short story for my friend Andre Uhl's new album, "I hope my roof flies off and I get sucked up into space." He asked 13 different writers to each write a short story paired with one of the tracks in his album. Those stories were compiled into a booklet, included in the vinyl set. I chose to write for a track called Cover, which was a piece I heard throughout its making. If you'd like, listen to the track while reading the story.

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The ceiling lamp hanging off the cord sways back and forth, back and forth, back and forth to the breeze. The window is cracked open. The curtain flies softly in a helpless effort to escape from the windowsill. The shadows around the little girl’s bedroom dance around the wall in perfect sync with the swaying lamp. The bulb is dim.

The girl looks up at the lamp, or perhaps past the lamp into the ceiling from her bed. Blanketing the dancing walls is the infinite abyss of the black ceiling. She is calm or terrified or occupied with many thoughts. There’s no way of telling. Her unruly, short hair exists at free will. Planets and cake slices and whales pattern her emerald pajamas—no doubt a collection of her favorite things.

A sudden urge to protect herself from the pull of the infinite darkness overcomes her. She pulls the covers over her head. It is murky under the cover. She stays silent for what may have been moments or eternity. The lamp light seems to penetrate through the covers. But no, it is a light from within. There is a glow spreading under the covers, and the space within it widens around her. The glow is coming from her. A soft, pastel, emerald glow. She finds herself floating. Like an astronaut in space. Or a diver underwater. The delicate boundaries of the covers continue to recede, giving way to the glow. She tumbles, very slowly, without orientation. Her movement slows down, like wading through water. A sense of safety and comfort engulfs her. She listens to a beat, a rhythm. Twice every few seconds.

Whispers of the breeze circle outside the covers. Distant voices, muffled, perhaps yelling at each other also echoes.

She grasps around her to catch the air or water, whatever it is that’s surrounding her. She can only create elongated shadows from her fingers dividing the murky glow. Shadows onto nothing. As it retreats into gentle disappearance. She has lost her way out of the covers. 

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Andre is an electronic musician based in Berlin. We met at an artist residency in a small town in eastern France, in 2016. He recorded in the music studio next to my studio, where I installed a projection mapping piece. It's exciting that the work I saw him create came to fruition as an album a year after the residency. 

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