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Hyo Myoung Kim



Hyo Myoung Kim 

Lives and works in London, UK. 

web: www.hyomyoungkim.com 


2010 MA/MFA Degree Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London 

2010 Lexicon, Camberwell Space, London 

2009 Supervisions, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London 

2009 Graduate Studies Interim Show, Slade Research Centre, London 

2009 Work Song Works, Gallery Primo Alonso, London 

2009 Sequel, Strang Print Room, London 

2009 Voice and nothing more, Slade research Centre, London 

2008 SIDESHOW, Gallery Primo Alonso, London 

2007 Arts in Process, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London 

2006 Cut & Paste, The Old Sweet Shop, London 

2005 (Im)material Spaces, Blue Elephant Theatre, London 

2004 Xhibit ’04, The Arts Gallery, London 


2008 Future Film, Camden Arts Centre, London 


2010 Virtual Art Fair, a net-based project by Duncan Alexander 

2009 Mobile Research Station no. 1, Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, Berlin, Germany (A collaboration with Junko Otake for Simon Faithfull) 

2009 Work Song Workshop, Gallery Primo Alonso, London (A collaboration with aryn Takahashi) 


2009 The Real World: Collaboration and Collective Practice, Whitechapel Gallery in association with Artquest, London 


2010 MFA, Fine Art Media, Slade School of Fine Art 

2006 BA, Hons Photography, Camberwell College of Arts, First Class 

2002 BSc, Politics & Diplomacy, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies 


University of the Arts London Collection 

Private collections 



The imposition of simplistic viral and exaptive instructions on the memes of existing forms with significant memes for the emergence of complex forms.

Cultural forms such as films, music, paintings and photographs that the artist comes across become the basis of the "existing forms" above. And the selected works have strong memes (cultural genes), or units of cultural ideas, symbols, or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another.

In animal genes, including human’s, viral genomes are bookended by regions known as long terminal repeats (LTRs), which contain an array of sequences capable of controlling not just viral genes but the host ones as well. And this is where the exaptive nature of the artist's intervention comes in.

Exaptation is a term coined by Stephen Jay Gould to describe the shifts in the function of a trait during evolution, in which the function was not inherent in the trait. Feathers were evolved to provide insulation for the animal, then co-opted for display, and eventually this is co-opted for flying.

The conceptual seed of the viral implementation is simple enough for each work – for instance, ‘slashing’ digitally, automatically manipulating photographs, censoring the text with colour encryption, making a panorama using a continuous space in film, and comparing two very similar films by superimposing them. In the study of artificial life, emergence is a central idea.

Relatively simple microscale parts interact each other to form complex material systems. Emergence is the appearance of complexity from the multiplicity of relatively simple interactions. When the viral command exapts the memetic works, a new form emerges. This is the resulting work for Hyo Myoung Kim.

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