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Yiyun Kang

PhD Work

Distinctive Spatiality of Projection Mapping: Practice-based research of projected moving-image art installation

My practice-based research investigates the distinctive property of projection mapping as a creative medium in contemporary art. Since the beginning of this century, projection mapping has become increasingly popular. Yet, despite the number of projection mapping projects being executed, little in-depth research has been conducted on this medium. Lack of research results a misunderstanding on projection mapping that regards this medium as a separated tool, serving to decorate surfaces on three-dimensional volumes.  

 My research firstly attempts to reframe projection mapping as part of the continuum of projected moving-image work rather than a separate technique. Secondly, I attempt to discover projection mapping’s unique attributes that distinguish it from previous projected moving-image works, such as structural film, expanded cinema, and multi-screen video installations, in order to investigate it as a continuous yet novel medium in the continuum of projected moving-image art. I adopt the notion of embodiment from phenomenology (i.e., primarily from Maurice Merleau-Ponty) for my theoretical frame to elucidate the spatiality of projection mapping in a relationship between projection, digital moving-image, and space (as screen) and to explore how this rearranged relationship provokes the viewer’s active viewing mode.  


  • PhD


    School of Communication


    Information Experience Design, 2013–2016

  • Yiyun Kang is an artist, researcher and lecturer, currently based in London. Before arriving at the Royal College of Art to begin her PhD,  Kang completed a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Seoul National University, an MFA in the department of Design & Media Arts at UCLA, and spent three years working and teaching in Korea.

    Kang is internationally recognised for her projection mapping installations. Her work has been exhibited in a number of museums and galleries in Europe, Asia and the United States, and she has taken part in several residency programmes at institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Korea’s National Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has been shown at Seoul Museum of Art, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art and the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014. Kang has received several awards and has been commissioned to create work by various institutions and foundations.
  • Degrees

  • MFA in Design: Media Arts, (University of California, Los Angeles, United States, 2009; BFA, Seoul National University, Korea, 2006
  • Exhibitions

  • Casting, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2016; MIND THE GAP, Art Issue Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, 2014; Mixed, Gallery KONG, Seoul, Korea, 2013; WOUNDS | WARMTH, Alternative Art Space MITE, Gwangju, Korea, 2010; Between, Gallery KONG, Seoul, Korea, 2009
  • Conferences

  • Besides the Screen, Projection, Geometry, Performance, Coventry University, 20–22 July 2016