About Us

Koala Tokki {코알라 토끼} is a New York based media artist duo that uses code and circuitry to create installations, audio-visual performances, and software systems that underly these.

Bio

We are New York based media artists who are specialized in creating interactive installations, audio-visual performances, and tools. Both are alumni of the School For Poetic Computation, NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), and were artist-in-residents at Mana Contemporary's New Media Program. Yeseul and Michael have collaborated for several years and their work has been shown at a number of places including IAC Building in New York, New York Live Arts, and Fort Mason Art and Culture Center in San Francisco. Both were a part of SFPC Re-coded that has been shown at multiple venues including Sónar+D in Barcelona. The duo won the Communication Arts Interactive Annual Award in 2019. Currently, both Yeseul and Michael are Research Residents at ITP and will be teaching classes at ITP in Fall 2019. Most recently, we have been developing an audio-visual performance set that we have been performing at venues in NYC and New Jersey, including events with livecode.nyc.

Audio-Visual Work

Indigo, 2017, custom software, 120 x 12 feet

Indigo is a live audio-visual performance that uses real-time signal analysis to drive a computer graphics creating a synesthetic effect. This performance was designed for the IAC Building’s lobby where a 120 foot screen overlooks the Westside Highway of Manhattan. The performance used synchronized light and sound to create an ambient and reflective mood within the space.

Soundfall, 2018, custom software, 30 x 8 feet

Soundfall is an audio-visual installation which evolved on the concept of Indigo to create an installation that could exist sans performers. This installation was on display at the IFP’s Made In NY Center in Brooklyn for the entire month of August in 2018.

Live Coding Performances, 2019~, custom software/hardware

Most recently, we have been developing an audio-visual live code performance set that we have been performing at venues in NYC and New Jersey, including events with livecode.nyc.

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Installations

Glow Box, 2017, custom software, fiber optics, 3d printed resin, 10 x 10 x 10.5 inches

Glow Box is a hybrid object which imbues life into the object by displaying a real-time visualization of a neural network as it works to solve problems. The installation exploits the organic-like nature of the neural network algorithm and combines this with the almost magical ability of the physical object to appear illuminated without apparent electricity. The result is something which blurs the distinction between real and virtual imploring the viewer to question this distinction altogether.

Solar Silk, 2018, custom software, DMX lights, sail clothes, 35 x 15 feet

Solar Silk is a hanging installation which uses dynamic lighting to colorize pieces of fabric with gradients which represent environmental data of the site. This project was created for the Magnum Foundation’s Coal + Ice exhibit in San Francisco during Governor Jerry Brown’s climate change summit in 2018.

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Selected Exhibitions/Performances

2019

  • Sunnyvale, Brooklyn, NY
    Live Code Performance at Algorave
  • New York Live Arts, New York, NY
    Live Code Performance at Algorave as part of Live Ideas 2019
  • Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
    Cyan in Sounds at Afterglow, Vol.2
  • Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
    Floppy Disk Music at BSMT Nights

2018

  • Fort Mason Art and Culture Center, San Francisco, SF
    Solar Silk at Coal+Ice Exhibition for the California Governor’s Climate Change Summit
  • IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project), Brooklyn, NY
    SoundFall at Expanded Cinema, Vol. 3

2017

  • Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
    Glow Box at That’s Not It curated by Alex Czetwertynski
  • IAC Building, New York, NY
    Indigo at ITP Big Screens 2017 at Expanded Cinema, Vol. 3
  • Sónar+D 2017, Barcelona, Spain
    SFPC Re-coded Project presented by Absolut

2016

  • Google I/O 2016, Mountain View, CA
    SFPC Re-coded Project

Recognitions

Contact

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