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 SoftLab is a space dedicated to the research and development of artistic projects using soft-circuits and wearable technology in the Center for Digital Arts & Experimental Media (DxArts) at the University of Washington, in Seattle.


Loop Pa Pow Project by Chanhee Choi

Loop Pa Pow Project by Chanhee Choi

In Loop Pa Pow(2016), the creative focus is on an inclusive and experiential universe.

In the game’s universe, the audience is encouraged to participate in a series of video games that will teleport them to a psychedelic, mind-bending cyberspace. The player starts from the lowest level of “No Country for Women” (여자를 위한 곳은 없다). Male chauvinists, sexists, anti-feminists, and misogynists are represented as evil monsters which block the protagonist’s path. This universe, or the fictional world of monsters and spirits whose images are inspired by my real-life events, can only manifest in its totality when both the mental realm (on the abstract and the cognitive level) and the tactile realm (on the physical and the material level) are simultaneously activated.

The goal of Loop Pa Pow is to break through all the boundaries restricting the protagonist, jump over the obstacles, smash the enemies to ascend to the highest level, and finally move into another world. Interacting with both inner space (the video game) and outer space (the performance) doubles and activates the space of the performance.

To me, this deliberate rejection of boundaries is also an act of rebellion against rigid rules and enslaving social norms. By bringing symbolic and abstract game characters into the physical world, I want to truly materialize the concepts and ideas that these spirits embody.

 

 

 Designing costumes and Masks

Designing costumes and Masks

 Hand Embroidery stitch on fabric

Hand Embroidery stitch on fabric

 Video Game 

Video Game 

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SoftLab First Meeting

SoftLab First Meeting

Skin and Origami: Soft Displays for Biosensing Technologies by Gabrielle Benabdallah

Skin and Origami: Soft Displays for Biosensing Technologies by Gabrielle Benabdallah