Yoon Chung Han: One

  • ©2009, Yoon Chung Han

  • ©2009, Yoon Chung Han

  • ©2009, Yoon Chung Han



  • Gautam Rangan -
    • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Erick Oh -
    • University of California, Los Angeles
    • Baobab Studios




Creation Year:



    interactive installation


Artist Statement:

    One, an interactive art installation that immerses viewers in an animated fantasy, consists of a single drop of ink in a small suspended Petri dish and a large projection of the same drop. Under the Petri dish, input sensors connected to a micro–controller generate 2D and 3D animation of the projected drop. Viewer interaction with the physical drop of ink induces complex and intricate animated responses in the projection. The animated ink blot suggests a microcosm where viewer interaction is the means of evolution.

    One resists the need to taxonomize (associated closely with the practice of scientific illustration and visualization) and instead offers an opportunity to consider the reflexive condition between observer and observed. It provokes viewers to experiment in order to get the results they believe are positive and beneficial—those which are visually pleasing. As viewers heedlessly play with this small environment, they are also being acted upon. In the end, the message is simple. It is not the tagging, classification, or observation of life that will lead to greater social responsibility, but an appreciation of the oneness of all things.