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Kyuha Shim’s Isomorphic Geometry in Geo Maps

(i·so·mor·phism n.(mathematics):  one-to-one correspondence between the elements of two sets such that the result of an operation on elements of one set corresponds to the result of the analogous operation on their images in the other set.)

Artist and designer Kyuha Shim’s Geo Maps project explores the mathematical principles at work in the art of paper folding. Visitors to the installation are invited to interact with a small, folded paper sculpture; as he or she rotates the object, an interactive projection plays over a larger, corresponding sculpture of the same shape according to the movements of its “partner.” Geo Map is in this way a study of mathematical complexity through simple forms. But while the projections recall the cool, clean aesthetic of minimalism, the project is in part a response to the losses incurred by the increasing dominance of digital design programs. The artist writes:

“Computer graphics enable designers to generate fascinating outcomes in a very short period, but we are losing the specificity and precision of older generation designers working in traditional media. Through this experience, I learned how to merge traditional and digital mediums using projection mapping, which connected users’ behaviors with the paper installation.”

See many more projects by Kyuha Shim here

- Erin Saunders