On April 9, 2012, multi-media digital and installation artist/collaborator/educator, Helen Park came into KZSC to talk on Artist on Art about her work and current project. She is also currently completing her MFA in DANM at UCSC.
Helen’s work investigates how affective processes provoked by aesthetic experience can shape, and be shaped by, the intersubjective, cross-cultural encounter. She uses video, sound, installation, and performance, while employing strategic poetics of the image and representation to shape environments for encounter and engagement between strangers. In designing mediated spaces of engagement, she questions how subject positions orientated by race, ethnicity, citizenship, education, and class can realign within the self in dialogical relation to another.
Living from 2009-2010 in Seoul, South Korea on a Fulbright Fellowship in the field of Performance Art, Helen’s research investigated the Korean psyche and national identity as they are negotiated and embodied through the traditional performing arts. Since 2003, she has been a collaborator with Open University, a transdisciplinary multimedia collective and alternative education project, founded in Brooklyn, New York.
Helen is currently producing “My Future Is Here” a site-specific project that brings to light the most pressing issues immigrant youth face when making a new life in the global city. Produced with students in Queens, New York, this multimedia project utilizes immigrant narratives and social intervention to foster public engagement and exchange.
Excerpts of the movies will be shown at the upcoming UCSC DANM MFA Exhibition, I’ve Got Something On Your Mind happening April 28-29 and May 3-6 with the reception, Friday, May 4, 5:30 – 8:30PM. The Gallery is open from 10AM – 4PM and located at The Digital Arts Research Center (DARC), off Meyer Drive near the Music Recital Hall and Theater Arts on West Campus.
If you missed any part of our Artist on Art broadcast, please click the gray ‘play’ button below: [haiku url=”http://miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa4912a.mp3″ title=”Helen Park” graphical=”true”]