Ronin Cho

biography

Ronin Cho was born in Busan, South Korea, and is now based in London, UK.

La Scatola is pleased to be holding the first exhibition of Ronin’s work.

Education

2011 MFA Computational Studio Arts – Goldsmiths College, UOL
2009 BA Graphic and Interaction Design – Central Saint Martins, UAL

Exhibitions

2012 Kinetica Art Fair 2012, Ambika P3, London
2011 The Face of The Shape, La Scatola Gallery, London,
2011 Saatchi New Sensations Exhibition, Victoria House, Bloomsbury, London,
2011 Digital Design Weekend, V&A Sackler Centre, London
2011 Goldsmiths MFA Computational Studio Arts degree show, Centre for Creative Collaboration, London
2011 Selected for Saatchi New Sensations Finalist, London
2011 ‘Somewhere Somehow We Repair’, Body Studio, London
2011 ‘X’, RUA RED Dublin, Ireland
2011 Commission National Portrait Gallery ‘Road to 2012’ Olympics commission, UK
2011 Behind the Object, La Scatola Gallery, London

Awards

2011 National Portrait Gallery, Road to 2012 Olympics commission, UK

 

‘WEIGHT OF UNSEEN’ at La Scatola

‘WEIGHT OF UNSEEN’ is an interactive kinetic sculpture. It’s built with a large seven- segment display unit made out of steel, seven motors, a manual chain hoist, a length of chain and a proximity sensor that measures its vertical position from the floor. Audiences can interact with the sculpture by pulling the chain from the hoist, then the display changes depending on its vertical position. It only displays 0 and 1 in a combination, which is a binary code 00011010, meaning end-of-file.

Weight of Unseen is a result of Ronin’s investigation of contemporary lifestyle. The dependency on unseen systems, which lie in all forms of media and media control, is becoming predominant. In this context, the artist poses questions about where the sincerity is, as opposed to indiscriminate behav- iour from the addiction of communication in the ever most accessible world.

Ronin Cho’s interest lies in between two different spaces: the material/physical world and the immaterial/electrical world. The value of the immaterial is rapidly increasing as technology, Internet and small gadgets are popularised. Accordingly, the dependency on unseen systems and their influence is escalating followed by an alteration of people’s belief and behaviour. The artist himself is a model of a person who has such a dependency on unseen system. However, since he found himself struggling finding where the sincerity is, he despises this unseen system for its illusion and side effects such as its speed of change, which disrupts digestion of thoughts. Then he started to crave certainty in the material/physical world as well as balance between two worlds in this inseparable disparity.

The fantasy of pressing a button is already realised and part of our life; we don’t need to understand how the system works. However, lack of awareness in the behaviour leaves unwanted or unintended marks. And because of the behaviour alteration, the level of consciousness reaches near to the ground. From these changes, Ronin explores the origins of this phenomenon by finding unnoticed parts of everyday electronic appliances. In his work, the various characters of those objects and their non-physical status are transformed into something sturdy, physical and tangible. And the way the audience interacts with the work requires much more physical power than is usual. By elevating their physical presence to a sense- sharpening tool, he tries to provoke a question to the audience: where is our belief in this hurried shifting time?

Weight of Unseen from Ronin Cho on Vimeo.

 

MINDLESS CONSUMPTION II at La Scatola

Mindless Consumption II from Ronin Cho on Vimeo.

MAY 2011,100 X 100 X 40 CM (INCLUDING PLINTH), VINYL TUBE,TAP WATER, PUMP
Mindless Consumption II (2011) is a closed circuit pump system which circulating water in the tube endlessly. The water gets dirtier and darker over time as the pump corrodes. This is a new installation made for the show ‘Behind the Object’.

 

works available


‘WEIGHT OF UNSEEN’, 2011
23 X 35 X 184 CM (CHAIN LENGTH CAN BE VARIED) STEEL SHEET, STEEL ANGLE, SERVO MOTORS, PROXIMITY SENSOR, MICRO-PROCESSOR, CHAIN, MANUAL HOIST. This is a new installation made for the show ‘Behind the Object’.