MA Studies > Fine art > Fine art alumnus > Minsung Park

Minsung Park


Most of the knowledge we have is formed by media; our thought processes are also running on the basis of media education. In modern society, we perceive information by seeing, hearing and feeling through digital media such as TVs, computers and mobile phones. We see documents and photos through computer, communicate with acquaintances and worldwide news by smart phones, and watch all sorts of sports and movies on TV. When everything is being absorbed and conveyed digitally, our lives are somewhat forced by the notion of media. Image settles and moves people's idea regardless of our intention, and also compels and forces people's thoughts. Every document is digitalized, and we see only pixelated documents, which implies the limited freedom in our lives due to framing of media. The small pixels are wrapping the world and coming to us in a mosaic-like shape. Mosaics are used as an effect to conceal something bad. Therefore, we can only see pixelated images on TV when negative images such as violence or sex are referenced - for example, gory crime scenes or nudity. Because the images are extremely low-definition, the objects’ exact shapes and colors are not expressed exactly, and we cannot recognize the exact scene. We then construct another image from our imagination that is more cruel and sexual through the mosaic regardless of the truth of the original. In fact, the mosaic functions not to hide but rather to offer more concrete and provocative images to people. We are seeing a highly pixelated world, and the world is like the mosaic effects on TV. We are inevitably forced to absorb and analyze circumstances and form new knowledge even if it is literally impossible to judge the world without bias. It is not important anymore to confirm the real world, or reality over mosaic. All that’s left are square units called pixels in monitor frames. The image made through mosaics is more realistic than reality, and even makes the original seem false. People often talk while watching movies and dramas, saying "Realistic indeed. It is just like the story of my life." At the same time, they also talk about own experiences through expressions like "It's just like what we see in the movies!". In fact, the public feels preoccupied with pretentious real things and loathes the realistic fakes. This is the unexpected paradox. In the long run, the public is shifting to "what I like to believe" rather than factual information