tx.kaist.ac.kr txlab@kaist.ac.kr
Graduate School of Culture Technology
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
The TX lab, led by Professor Jinjoon Lee, an artist and scholar, embodies two modes of operations: that of an artist studio and that of a technology lab. The TX lab pursues the balance between autonomy and responsibility through a combination of artistic and scientific practices with the two wings of emotion and intelligence spreading out. The lab is contemplating a method of cooperation by placing humanity at the forefront of the interdisciplinary approaches, since it is our aim to support man’s coexistence with the nature and the sustainability of human race at a time of transition—from the era of division of labor to the era of automation and creation.

The ‘X’ in Total X (TX) refers to an unknown variable beyond experience, not to be defined, symbolizing ambiguity. Thus, the lab uses three tools to navigate this vast world of ambiguity that lies ahead of us. The first is data. The lab investigate Data-Driven Design methodologies including Data Visualization, Data Sonification, and Data Sculptures. By using various data such as historical sites, cultural heritages, and natural and social phenomena, the lab is researching a design methodology that visualizes, sonifies, or materializes the world of invisible information. Inevitably, new technologies of AI and AR/VR are actively utilized, and live participatory data is used through interactive design methods.

The second is the sense of art. The lab studies new media artworks incorporating various technologies based on humanities research. Through artistic sense and intuition, rather than logic, we explore the direction set before us and tread on unknown territories under Professor Lee’s leadership. As new media artists, we engage with all sorts of performances by actors, dancers, musicians, technicians and engineers, and build a stage that reflects our own world.

The third is the philosophy of liminal space. The lab explores the boundaries of overlapping worlds such as reality and virtuality, humans and nature, matter and immaterial, analogue and digital, and life and death, known as “Liminoid Experience.” From the perspective of space, the lab studies the aesthetic experiences that new generations have begun to consume, such as the metaverse and NFTs. We conduct research on virtual museums, art galleries, libraries, smart warehouses, and medical spaces, in particular.

Consider the fundamental questions in the art: for example, reflections on the inner human beings and the recognition and representation of history. The lab believe that critical insight into the phenomena of the times, resilience of the society and individuals, and the power of imagination for the future will be the last stronghold that determines the human condition in a more technical future. Through deep reflections and questions about the Post-AI era, we will explore the future of humanity and continue our dialogue with the next generations.

Meeyung Chung
MA Curatorial Practice Studies, California College of the Arts, US
MA East Asian Studies, Stanford University, US
BA History of Art, UC Berkeley, US
Research Interests: Digital curatorship and museology, Data sonification and soundscape

Youngjun Choi
MS Deep Learning for Audio, KAIST, Korea
BS Marine Engineering and Offshore Plant Management, Korea Maritime and Ocean University, Korea
Research Interests: Data Sonification, Mindscape

Philip Liu
MA Sound Studies and Sonic Arts, Berlin University of the Arts, Germany
MA Computational Arts, Goldsmiths University of London Management, UK
BA Economics(Music), The Ohio State University, US
Research Interests: Sonic Philo
sophy, Digital Aesthetics, Audiovisual Art

Jihyun Park
MA Communications Design, Pratt Institute, US
BA Industrial Design, Duksung Women's University, Korea

Doyo Choi
BA Psychology, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
Sungbaek Kim
BFA Digital Art, Seoul Institute of the Arts, Korea
Yeeun Han 
BFA Sculpture, Hongik University, Korea
Seungmin Lee
BFA Printmaking, Hongik University, Korea
Daniel Cha
BFA Funiture Design, Rhode Island School of Design, US

Honggi Lee
Undergraduate, Computer Science, KAIST, Korea
Minseong Park
Undergraduate, Sculpture, Changwon University, Korea
JinKyung Her
BA Theater Studies, Korea National University of Arts, Korea

Boram Choi
Dasom Yoo