Camouflage Yourself (2009)

Fabrics, Processing

Camouflage Yourself_ Experimental Installations

Humans hide themselves with the intellect as simulations to have power in society; these could be fake images and signs of vanity and emptiness. They simulate the truth and even deny the chance to unfold their inner truth to the world. In this sense, covering appearances of themselves could be compared to animals’ “camouflage” that is effected by using color, pattern and melting into the environment in order to protect themselves from predators or danger. However, animals have just one fundamental reason, survival rather than other reasons such as earning profits or fame. They have no deceptive consciousness, simulated appearance, or sense of preservation of their vanity. Only the human uses camouflaging as a way of deception.

Why do human beings deceive and camouflage themselves and what makes them hide? The primary purpose of camouflage is to hide the defects that cause one to be caught by one’s enemies. For humans, camouflage prevents them from being disturbed as a person in society. Camouflage is usually for animals that are vulnerable to predators. However, humans use it with diverse layers to cover appearances and create the simulated, metaphysical, and meaningless world as society or architectures. They take refuge inside of the fake dorm without any attempt to find out the clues of truth. Humans camouflage themselves with disguising and hiding their defects, characteristics.

Camouflage Yourself는 인간의 사회적 위장을 시각적 상징으로서 표현하려 한다. 작품은 천으로 되어 있는 번데기 형태의 오브젝트가 있고 그 안에 관람자가 들어가면 그 번데기는 프로젝션이 투사하는 환경으로 바뀌고 주변 환경과 순간 합쳐지게 된다. 센서를 통해 프로젝션의 이미지는 변화하고 관람자는 그 안에서의 경험과 외부에서의 시선을 피하는 경험을 동시에 하게 된다.

Fig.1. Camouflage Yourself (2009) _ Sketch

Throughout these concepts of camouflage and media art, I focused on the “camouflage” as the context of my personal art project by using the metaphor of natural camouflage, “pupa.” This was inspired by people’s disguising appearance and behaviors as I discussed above. However, I’m not presenting the negative way of camouflage. I’d like to allow people to be aware of that it’s all of humans’ way of surviving lives. For me, the way of decorating the surface of one’s vanity was truly impressive and interested in terms of the approach to cover it, therefore I decided a pupa as the metaphor among all of the natural creatures.

My project is specifically an art installation work with a form of pupa and projection images. The pupa is made with fabrics, and it leads participants to remind of a white cocoon. If one enters inside of the object, the color of projection is slightly changed through sensors attached on the object, and the color will be altered. One person inside of the pupa feels comfortable and safe because of the warm and fitting shape, and people outside of it might confuse and cannot discriminate whether or not someone is inside of the pupa figure. As the change of environment and the existence of oneself, interaction and communication are formulated and changed.

Camouflage Yourself (2009) _ White
(Music : "Memento Mori" by Matmos)

Camouflage Yourself (2009) _ Universe
(Music : "Always Three Words" by Matmos)

Camouflage Yourself (2009) _ Nature
(Music : "Latex" by Matmos)

Fig.2. Camouflage Yourself (2009) _ White

Fig.3. Camouflage Yourself (2009) _ Universe

Fig.4. Camouflage Yourself (2009) _ Nature

Camouflage Yourself (2009)_Experimental Installations

by Yoon Chung Han

Supporter : Prof. Eddo Stern