Korean artist Young-hae Chang, aka YHCHI, creates beguilingly simple web-based art pieces: Flash text pieces set to jazz soundtracks. Commenting on the inclusion of YHCHI's work on Web Project 8, at Seoul's Total Museum of Contemporary Art, guest curator Marc Voge remarked that Chang's work exhibits a startling humour and mordant wit. "The speed reading necessary to follow the storylines," Voge writes, "is a strategy that makes the reader fall into a deep concentration or even something bordering on a trancelike state." Often working in collaborations with Voge, Chang himself describes his technique as one "that shuns interactivity, graphics, photos, illustrations, banners, colours - all but the Monaco font." Cutting across the lines separating digital animation, motion graphics, experimental video, i-movies, and e-poetry, Chang describes his language and sound pieces as Web art. We agree.
Web Project 8: www.totalmuseum.org/webproject8.html
Chang Interview: www.uiowa.edu/~iareview/tirweb/feature/younghae/young_hae_chang_heavy_industries.html