Jack Straw New Media Gallery

blind film
An installation by Sangjun Yoo

February 9 - March 30, 2018

Click the play button above to listen to our interview with Sangjun Yoo. Click here to download the interview.

Employing real-time composition of a kinetic system based on common window blinds, controlled by a digital interface, blind film attempts to reconfigure familiar subjects that constantly change and repeat in everyday life but can come to us like unrefined feelings and traces.

This project began with a look at a window blind. An unknowable glimpse of light formed a mediating figure between the moment of occurrence and the moment of observation, then collapsed into the recognition of unfixed experience as an open constellation, porous to contingencies. blind film embraces the capacities of intimacy based on absence, distance, and ruptures of time and space that reconstruct actual and virtual spaces as well as the viewer. It affords a complex sensory experience by stepping aside from the event to look at it from a temporal distance, and over time.

Sangjun Yoo is a graduate student in the DXARTS Ph.D. program at the University of Washington. He holds an MFA in Art from the State University of New York at Buffalo and two BFA degrees in Design and Technology at Parsons the New School and Multimedia Design at Hansung University in South Korea. Sangjun’s work has been most influenced by his experiences of travel, which have included media-art certification at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne in Germany and artist residencies in multiple locations. These experiences have inspired the strain of his current work in installation and new media art, which is influenced by phenomenology and infused with an account of existence.

Sangjun regularly exhibits his work internationally. His solo and group exhibitions include Kobe Biennale 2013 in Japan, Zentrum fur Kunst Medien in Karlsruhe, Germany, Culture Hub Art & Technology Center in NYC, Governor’s Island International Art Fair, FILE2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Kumho Art Museum in Seoul.

This work was made possible by the support of the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS), University of Washington.

Jack Straw Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFund, media sponsor KUOW, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs. This exhibition funded in part by a Tech Specific grant from 4Culture.


Recent exhibitions

Mikawa (September 29-December 8, 2017) by Garrett Fisher and Tori Ellison

The New Landscape: Reconstructed Ecologies(June 16- August 4, 2017) by Roger Feldman and Jeff Roberts

Meditations on Water (April 14 - June 2, 2017) by City Meditation Crew with Vaughn Bell

Forgetting of Being (January 13 - March 24, 2017) by Rachel Green and Daniel Salo

CASTING SHADOWS (September 9 - October 28, 2016) by E.T. Russian

AUTONOMIC (July 8 - August 26, 2016) by Paul Kikuchi

Obiectum Resonare (April 8 - June 17, 2016) by James Borchers

luminous soundscape (January 14 - March 11, 2016) by Andy Behrle

Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts (September 11 - November 30, 2015)

UGLY ME (July 10 - August 31, 2015) by Gabriela Denise Frank

Those Who Observe the Wind . . .. (May 21 - July 1, 2015) by Joel Ong


Previous exhibitions

About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery, located in Seattle's University District at Jack Straw Productions, opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Click here to listen to our New Media Gallery artist podcasts and learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.


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