Min Young Kim

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Major project:

Forest and Desert

Apoptosis is a process of programmed cell death, a biochemical event that allows every living thing to survive. 

Forest and Desert 2018, a real-time simulation, refers to such biological function. The concept of natural death becomes a core engine for a virtual body to sustain its life, preventing it from becoming overpopulated or overclocking, and breaking down its system. Null and void routines of a system render fake but live images that continuously change and challenge its self-contained capacity.


  • Employing a various form of digital media, from CGI to game simulation, the work of Korean artist Min young Kim reflects and discusses our relationship (and dependence) on digital technology and screen based platforms and the use and deployment of software technologies within the realm of the social and biomedicine.

    Collaboration with professionals in various fields of academica, from a bioengineering to computer engineering, is the core of her research. Technical skills and scientific metaphors used in her work are therefore highly anchored in contemporary technosphere whereby smart devices, tracking-capturing systems and algorithmic computer processing alter our perception of the natural or the humanistic.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Fashion Design, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
  • Experiences

  • Tiffany & Co. x Outset Prize, Shortlisted, 2018; Residency in Cité internationale des arts, supported by RCA, Paris, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • SOAPBOX, Close Up Cinema, London, 2018; Open Screening, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2018; CAPbaret Royal College of Art, London, 2018; Open Studios, Cité internationale des arts, supported by RCA, Paris, 2017; Small Press Project, UCL, London, 2017; The Exhibition for Exhibition, Hong-Hap Valley Gallery, Seoul, 2015
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