Soh Yeong ROH
Art Center Nabi
Soh Yeong Roh, received BA in Economics at the College of William & Mary (1984), MA in Education at Stanford University (1990). Self-taught in art and technology, Ms. Roh pioneered the new media art scene in Korea by founding Art Center Nabi in 2000. Her experience in the field goes back to 1991 when she served as head of Art and Technology Exhibition at Daejeon International Expo. Seeing the possibility of digital technology transforming much of our lives, Ms. Roh began to explore how we could use the technology to serve humanity, which has become her lifelong passion. From the onset of the digital revolution, she has been a close witness and a practitioner of the new technology, applying the technology in novel and artistic ways. The result has been numerous exhibitions, productions, educational initiatives, and some business incubations. She also serves as a board member of top universities, and finds time to teach and to lecture both in Korean and abroad.
Lecture : Neotopia: Technology and HumanityHow I stumbled into Neotopia. Loneliness was the very start. We started making companion robots at Art Center Nabi. We soon realized that some level of intelligence is required to have meaning emotional connection. So we delved into artificial intelligence, using mainly the lastest API’s. We learned what pattern recognition technology does to our collective thinking and further, our consciousness. We also learned that the technology is not the bottleneck(even ‘stupid’ artists like us could use it); rather, it was the lack of data. The data is monopolized by the platform giants like Google and Facebook. Thus started our quest to imagine and create Neotopia, where common people can participate in the making of a ‘better’ society, by fusing social imagination with innovation.
- Soh Yeong ROH (Art Center Nabi)