For those of you who’ve ever fantasized of making like a young Jeff Bridges transported into the Tron mainframe, or experiencing an epic laser show from the inside out, Jeongmoon Choi’s eye-popping installations just might make all your dreams come true. For years, the Korean-born, Berlin-based artist has been exploring the recurring theme of “drawing in space,” transforming staid interiors into incredibly precise geometrical labyrinths.
“When I started, I experimented a lot with materials and the character of the locations where I set up my installations,” Choi tells Co.Design. “I realized that the darkening of the room creates a new entity, which additionally leads to a stronger contrast between the drawing and the surrounding space.”
The orientation and physicality of the sites themselves are integral components of Choi’s work. Determining the setup takes anywhere from a moment to several days, during which she imagines “movements” along the floor, walls, and ceiling--sometimes even walking with string to track her path and mark the main points of contact--as opposed to completing detailed sketches or extensive plans.
Using primarily store-bought fluorescent cords, she forms perfect lines with a special technique involving stretching, knotting, and glue. “I usually start with a model and the initial structure, but also many ideas come up in the implementation,” she says. She also includes pure white thread that glows blue-violet when the black light is turned on but becomes nearly invisible when it’s off. The effect is a clever mix of analog and ephemeral, where the void of an empty room becomes somehow tangible.
“Visitors are initially confused; at the first look, they lose orientation,” Choi says. Given time, however, after exploring the area and experiencing a range of different perspectives, that discombobulation transforms into something else entirely. “Oftentimes they’re put in a meditative state and feel very relaxed and at peace.”
(H/t Triangulation Blog)