Join the ever-enigmatic Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries for
a conversation on the eve of the opening of their exhibition Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries Presents:
So You Made It. What Do You Know. Congratulations and Welcome! What will be
the topic of conversation? Sports? Politics? Music? Food? Yes!
About Young-Hae Chang Heavy
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (YHCHI) is known for its internet-based,
Flash-animated texts set to original, jazz-infused compositions. Founded in
1998 and based in Seoul, YHCHI is a collaboration between CEO Young-Hae Chang
(born in Korea) and CIO Marc Voge (born in the United States).
As pioneers of “net art,” a term coined in the 1990s for art
that utilized the internet as a medium, YHCHI remains true to its original
aesthetic—employing early Flash animation, digital sound, and Monaco font, a
typeface used in early web programming. Whether this aesthetic comments on
obsolete technology or the rise of digital culture, it reflects the origin of
YHCHI’s practice during the advent of the internet.
YHCHI’s work exists between art and electronic literature,
drawing inspiration from concrete poetry (verse that is graphically stylized on
the printed page), literature, and film. Telling compelling stories, frequently
presented in multiple languages, the artists investigate timely topics,
cultural histories, societal issues, and interpersonal relationships. In a
culture that privileges images and interactivity, this work, with its
heightened cinematic treatment of text, poses a challenge: it forces the viewer
YHCHI offers free and
public access to the majority of its work on its website, www.yhchang.com.