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Elliot Woods discusses the work of duo Kimchi and Chips from South Korea, focusing on the role of artworks and images in changing the way we see and imagine the everyday world. Their works incorporate large-scale mechanical, optical, and computational installations redirecting sunlight and drawing images in the air.
Kimchi and Chips studio was founded 2009 by Mimi Son and Elliot Woods. They begin their practice with the recognition that the arts, sciences and philosophy are not distant disciplines which must be bridged, but act as alternative maps onto the same territory, and that employing these maps in tandem allows the territory to be navigated more readily.
Their research-based approach has caused them to give the ‘first word’ on a number of artistic formats, both conceptually and in execution—specifically within the fields of volumetric images in fog and 3D-projection onto non-designed forms. Consequently, they became the first Korean artists to win the Award of Distinction at Ars Electronica, signifying their importance within the field of media art. Because they published their techniques online as over 100 open-source code libraries, countless other practitioners have adopted the studio’s understanding and incorporated it into their own work.