tx.kaist.ac.kr txlab@kaist.ac.kr
Graduate School of Culture Technology
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

The TX Lab, Total Experience Creative Media Lab, led by Professor Dr. Jinjoon Lee, an artist and scholar, embodies two modes of operations: that of an artist studio and that of a technology lab.

The TX creative media lab explores in-between spaces, that aren’t anywhere but exist somewhere. Since every linear life goes through essential passages, such as birth or death, the TX lab captures these in-between moments from personal journeys and expands those historical experiences universally relatable through media and technology. By blurring the boundaries between the individual and collective experiences, the lab delves into the borderline of overlapping worlds : gardens, nature and manufactured city, one culture to another, reality and virtuality, analog and digital. Moving between multiple worlds, the TX lab creatively utilizes technology - which shifts us to liminal spaces and complicates our experiences -to explore multiple senses and condense them into a single experience.
‘TX’ represents ‘Total Experience’, implying that the lab explores our all-encompassing encounters in the technology-driven era, where we navigate intricate webs of information using our five physical senses. The lab investigates Data-Driven Design methodologies, including Data Visualization, Data Sonification, and Data Sculptures, to transform both mental and physical experiences with the environment into data. Through these methodologies, the TX lab also focuses on digital heritage, preserving Korea’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage based on ethnographic research. The lab is now looking forward to create the Future Opera, a performance appearing total experiences and multiple relationships on a single stage, in a moment.

The ‘X’ in Total X (TX) refers to an unknown variable beyond experience, left undefined, symbolizing ambiguity. New media artists within the lab are divided into three creative groups, linked up throughout their expedition of the unknown.
The first is the creator group, responsible for designing and visualizing the experience using new media mediums. The second is the creative technology group, which provides the necessary technical foundation for the artwork. Lastly, the critical humanity group focuses on identifying aesthetics in the work based on humanistic and philosophical insights, wrapping up through papers.

Throughout their collaboration, the TX lab relocates to a new space, while maintaining the awareness of the space from which they originated. Living in an era characterized by rapid technological and AI advancements, where the in-between space is shrinking and human multi-senses are diminishing, the lab persists in its quest to find the elusive presence through nowhere in somewhere.

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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

Sungbaek Kim
MS Graduate School of Culture Technology, KAIST, Korea 
BFA Digital Art, Seoul Institute of the Arts, Korea

​​​​​​​MS Students
Doyo Choi
BA Psychology, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
Seungmin Lee
BFA Printmaking, Hongik University, Korea
Daniel Cha
BFA Funiture Design, Rhode Island School of Design, US
JinKyung Her
BA Theater Studies, Korea National University of Arts, Korea
Dana Kim
BA Communication, Yonsei University, Korea
Yeeun Han 
MS Graduate School of Culture Technology, KAIST, Korea 
BFA Sculpture, Hongik University, Korea

Boram Choi
Dasom Yoo

[M.S Thesis] 
Research on methodology for generating real-time bio-signal-based data sculptures using EEG device
by Yeeun Han (2023)​​​​​​​
[M.S Thesis] 
Artistic Data Visualization: A Study on Context Revealed through the Exploration of Data as Phenomena - Focusing on Air Visualization
by Sungbaek Kim (2023) ​​​​​​​
AUDIBLE GARDEN: Transcoding literati spirit in the digital age
by Youngjun Choi(Ph.D Candidate), Honggi Lee(Research intern) and professor Jinjoon Lee​​​​​​​
[Publication] accepted at ISEA 2024
Monochromatic Urban Patchwork: Map of Averaged Urban Ambience
by Youngjun Choi(Ph.D Candidate), and professor Jinjoon Lee​​​​​​​
[Publication] accepted at CHI EA '24 Interactivity
EMPop: Pin Based Electromagnetic Actuation for Projection Mapping
by Sungbaek Kim(Ph.D Student), Doyo Choi(MS Student) and professor Jinjoon Lee
[Publication] published in Korea Society of Basic Design & Art (KSBDA).
A liminoid experience in AR/VR based new media art
by professor Jinjoon Lee FRSA

[Publication] accepted to ICMC 23'(International Computer Music Conference)
Micro-variation of Sound Objects Using Component Separation and Diffusion Models
by Philip Liu(Ph.D Student), Youngjun Choi(Ph.D Student), and professor Jinjoon Lee
[Publication] accepted to Leonardo, MIT press
gOd, mOther and sOldier: A Story of Colonization, Told Through the Lens of AI
by Dr. Andrew Gambardella, Meeyung Chung(Ph.D Student), Doyo Choi(MS Student),
and professor Jinjoon Lee

[WIP] New Interfaces for Musical Expression(NIME) Poster 2024
Harmonic Words, Narrative Chords: Textual Sonification Using Part of Speech
By Jiin Ko(MS Student), Youngjun Choi(Ph.D Candidate), Jinjoon Lee