Unresolved Ironies imagines a future when physical spaces are able to reflect one’s “Han,” which is an unresolved emotional irony in Korean culture. Psychosomatic symptoms of Han are called “Hwabyung”, and are commonly described as “the body is not listening.”

If the body is an extension of built architectural spaces, Unresolved Ironies proposes three different physical spaces that ‘listen’ to one’s Han. Therapeutic performances are based on spatial reconstruction from an audience’s brainwaves (EEG headset), orchestrated by auditory, olfactory and tactile experiences that are displayed to alleviate one’s Han. In many ways, the project challenges the irony of emotional technology. For example, what IoT technologies are eager to advertise is that Artificial Intelligence create space “more human than human.” Whereas, Biofeedback considers that human body should be measured like "more machine than machine." But, how can space(machine) understand us, even though we cannot fully explain ourselves? The therapeutic machine is personalized activism towards cultural and political norm of “artificial humanness”

Membrane of the space reflect and deflect sunlight based on the time of the day. And, the mechanical sounds in the space slowly assimilates to the audience's rhythms of breathe based on their emotional status analyzed from EEG data.

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The spaces are situated in both private and public context. And, it is especially designed for people who migrate to LA from different places with heart of unresolved ironies.

01.Reflective Space is composed of transparent, and reflective materials such as holographic films and mirrors with its’ symbolic quality to reflect one’s retrospective future. One is asked to confront oneself with blurry vision of surroundings that are filtered with holographic layers and the mirrors on the floor.

02.Colored Space plays with the irony of emotion: we have ‘Han’ because of our inability to express our feeling in the society we belongs to. But the moment we heal ourselves is when we cannot feel the existence of ourselves: immersed in white noises and objectify the sensation of angers. The room is composed of myriads of bells, reminiscence of Korean Shamanistic rituals, that imitates the rhythm of the performer’s breathe.

03.Silent Scream challenges the fragility of one’s emotion, which has been accumulated in one’s body. Because he or she couldn’t expresses it. Through popping the balloons with one’s meditative power, participants festively liberate themselves from emotional entrapment.

Culturally specific term and universally shared emotion
Brain Computer Interface to Brain Space Interface
Quantified self movement and IoT technology
Human become more machine than machine
Machine become more human than human
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