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Christie MicroTiles Reinterpret Korean’s History Through Digital Art

SEOUL, South Korea – (September 24, 2012) – One hundred Christie® MicroTiles® are showcasing the digital art of Do Ho Suh, a renowned Korean installation artist, in the ‘Deoksugung Project’ from September 19 to October 28, 2012. Organized by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the project is the latest exhibition to enliven National Museum of Art at Deoksugung – one of the preserved royal palaces – in Seoul.

Do Ho Suh chose Hamnyeongjeon, the bedchamber built for King Gojong in 1897, as the basis for his creation and portrayed three digital art pieces resembling the three boryo (Korean mattresses) prepared for the King every night. In depicting the King Gojong’s restlessness on a bed, the artist drew inspiration from the inner conflicts and anxieties that the king went through during a tumultuous power struggle. Each portrait features a 3-unit wide by 7-units high Christie MicroTiles installed on the wall while a mosaic display of 24 Christie MicroTiles illustrates the depth of the research and work undertaken by the artist. An additional four Christie MicroTiles installed in the corner of the four walls show an interview with the artist.

“Inspired by the historical events leading to King Gojong being overthrown from his throne, I’ve created multi-media installation art project encompassing live performance, documentary film, site-specific installation and video/digital installation, based on a testimony record by King Gojong’s court ladies that the King used three mattresses arranged in a row for his bed. The project is to reinterpret his anxiety in those sleepless nights during his power struggle,” said Do Ho Suh.

“Among the very complex media, the video/digital installation with Christie MicroTiles was an essential component of the whole presentation, which enables me to convey the complex meaning and add deeper insight to the project. The video/digital installation with Christie MicroTiles will provide a dynamic experience to the audience. The three pieces of video/digital installation using Christie MicroTiles are in display at the National Museum of Art, Deoksugung – which used to be a royal palace during King Gojong’s regime. I’d like to express my deepest gratitude to Christie and IMTEC.”

“IMTEC is honored to be involved in this groundbreaking art project in the Korean heritage ground of Deoksugung,” said Min Don Joo, general manager, IMTEC, the distributor for the provision, installation and technical support of the Christie MicroTiles. “As we persevere to create the most optimal space for artistic display, we are challenged by the installation of four display units on the walls of the building. Though they are seen as independent display units, they are connected to a single source of video content. Working within the space constraint, we installed another two Christie MicroTiles in between them and hid them using a temporary structure to give the best presentation.”

“As a socially responsible corporate citizen, Christie is pleased to sponsor Christie MicroTiles for the artistic presentation of Do Ho Suh’s digital art at the Deoksugung Palace,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “Christie MicroTiles, known for its clarity and brightness even in ambient lighting environment, give artists a new medium to express their creativity. We look forward to collaborating with more artists to bring the new art form to life and thereby inspire more people.”

About Do Ho Suh

Do Ho Suh was born in Seoul, 1962, received a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. Interested in the malleability of space in both its physical and metaphorical manifestations, Do Ho Suh constructs site-specific installations that question the boundaries of identity. His work explores the relation between individuality, collectivity, and anonymity.

In 2001, Suh represented Korea at the Venice Biennale and participated in the Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition and the Liverpool Biennial in 2010. His recent exhibitions and projects include “Rubbing Project” at Round Table; the 9th Gwangju Biennale 2012; the “Inbetween Hotel” for Gwangju Urban Folly Project; “Grass Roots Square” installed at the Government Building Complex Part 6, KORO, Oslo, Norway; “Do Ho Suh - In Between” at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; “Fallen Star” at Stuart Collection, University of California, San Diego; and “Do Ho Suh - Home within Home” at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea. Forthcoming exhibitions and projects include “The Portal Project” at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas and solo exhibitions at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan among others.

The artist's work is represented in numerous museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Tate Modern, London, UK; the Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea; and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.

About Christie

Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925), is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in digital projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions.  With the acquisition of Vista Controls Systems, Corp., Christie offers the most complete and advanced solutions for cinema, live venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments.  For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.

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