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Céline Minkyung Park

MA work

Placebo Funeral

A short film based on a a speculative scenario that I created in which suicide and other difficult subjects can be experienced and dealt with through placebo role play. It was particularly filmed in South Korea to highlight the issues we are having there (South Korea has the highest suicide rate among OECD countries). It is a collaboration between actors, musicians and choreographers to create a theatrical ritual that is not confined to traditional forms. It is also a critique on how many of today’s rituals are tools to enforce control and maintain the status quo.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Design Interactions, 2016

  • Celine uses multiple methodologies in her work. She has a graphic design, film, photography, and fine art background and draws on these experiences to suit the specific subjects in her work. She interrogates our perceptions of cultural and social constructs that exist in society, and creates speculative scenarios around social hierarchy to explore individual experiences that we go through. The scenarios that she creates are usually polarised dystopian or utopian ones and can sit in the future, the past as a counterfactual scenario or the present. An underlying objective of her projects is to remind people that culture can unconsciously manipulate us and that it is always important to look through all the layers of a subject.

    She uses roundness, pastel colours and child-like face proportions in her projects. However, her work is not intended to be child-like but to communicate with all generations, Her audiences may not understand the meaning of the work from an initial glance but will be drawn in to explore the subject more fully. She has explored presenting her work using striking aesthetics for previous projects on the Design Interactions course. Her interest in using this style of imagery is that it allows her to communicate with a large audience about a relatively complicated and obtuse subject. She makes her work to be placed in a setting that can provoke discussion around controversial subjects.

  • Degrees

  • Summer Course, Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design, Copenhagen, Denmark 2014; BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Pratt Institute, USA, 2010
  • Experience

  • Head Designer, CJ Entertainment, Seoul, 2013; Art Director, SYS Planet, Seoul, 2013; Graphic Designer, Lippincott, New York, 2011; Design Intern, Condé Nast, Teen Vogue Magazine, New York, 2010; Design Intern, MTV, Nickelodeon, New York, 2010
  • Exhibitions

  • Ponyland, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; Changing Minds, Southbank Centre, London, 2016; Bio-Art, Seoul, 2015
  • Awards

  • Bio-Art, Biocon Award, 2015
  • Publications

  • Beautystreams Magazine, 2015; PSFK, Online Article, 2015; DECOR 10, Online Article, 2015; FRAME Magazine, 2015; SBS Morning Wide, TV Broadcast, 2015; Trend Tablet, Online Article, 2015; Dezeen, Online Article, 2015; Fast Company Co Magazine, Online Article, 2015; De.sign, Italian TV programme, 2016; Stylus, Online Article, 2016