Brochure of Urban Meditation


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Ji Sun Lee "Urban Meditation" - Solo Show
gallery hours: Thurs & Fri 2p-6p and by appointment

Media Noche
1355 Park Ave. corner store (at 102nd st.)
New York, NY

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Brochure of Urban Meditation

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  2. 2. Urban Meditation Today, in the midst of rapidly changing circumstances around us as well the convenient but yet confusing modernized life styles, people often experience stress and a loss of control. However, it is often even more difficult to find peace and a sense of calmness in the course of urban life. Therefore, I would like to explore and design alternative and suitable ways of meditation that is in tune with urban life and create a space that is filled with many screens and computers. These alternative ways have been inspired by experiences of different Asian cultures as well as my personal Korean lifestyle.2 3
  3. 3. Tea CeremonyTea ceremony provides new way of meditation on finding relaxation and harmony with nature.People in fast-paced New York City usually drink a cup of coffee or tea at Starbucks or rush outto go somewhere with their cups in hand. However, in Korea the approach to enjoying their tea iswith relaxation in mind. The traditional Korean setups of the tea table is in a teahouse usually inthe garden where can enjoy all four seasons of nature. 4 5
  4. 4. Tea Ceremony was inspired by the appreciation for enjoying tea in nature. The core of the natural elements is water because tea is made by water. Furthermore, drinking tea allows people to purify their body and mind. The visualizations are based on the concepts related with water; 4 abstract images inspired by Korean calligraphy. This was recreated in a programming language by Processing, a design interface dedicated for processing to create an interaction with the tea ceremony set. This interaction is supposed to symbolize the connection between nature and inner peace. Tea Ceremony is ideal for one or two user in a quiet room where a large screen is placed on the wall. The user pours tea into a teacup, and then experiences the drizzle of spring rain, followed by heavy shower of summer, fog and early bird chirping in autumn and snow with an owl singing in winter. The relaxing music and warm green tea helps the users release stress and meditate their spirit.Ji Sun Lee _ Tea Ceremony _ Processing and Arduino with sensors _ 2006 6 7
  5. 5. class Shower { oat xpos; oat ypos; oat showerSize; oat speed; Shower(){ xpos = random(0,width); ypos = -100; showerSize = random(0,33); speed = random(1,10); } void move(){ ypos += speed; } //Check if it hits the bottom boolean rechedbottom() { if(ypos>height){ return true; } else{ return false; }}void display(){ fill(255,random(3,15)); float f1 = 0.0; beginShape(POLYGON); while(f1 < TWO_PI) { vertex(xpos + cos(f1)*(27-showerSize) + random(0,5), ypos + sin(f1)*(27-showerSize) + random(0,5)); f1 += PI/12.0; } endShape(); }} Ji Sun Lee _ Tea Ceremony _ Processing and Arduino with sensors _ 2006 8 9
  6. 6. Four GraciousPlantsThe Four Gracious Plants, otherwise known as the Four Gentlemanly Plants, or the FourSeasons symbols, consist of plum blossoms, orchids or wild orchids, chrysanthemums, andbamboo. They were originally Confucian symbols for the four qualities of a learned man, but arenow more commonly associated with the four seasons. Plum blossoms represented courage,the orchid stood for refinement, the chrysanthemum was a sign of a productive and fruitfullife, and bamboo represented integrity. In modern times, the four have come to be associatedwith the seasons as well; plums blossoms bravely bloom in the cold of an early spring, orchidsdisseminate a dim fragrance far in the heat of summer, chrysanthemums overcome the firstcold of a late fall and bloom, and bamboo bares its green leaves even in the winter.The Four Gracious Plants are one of most popular themes in traditional Korean painting. They Asian Traditional Paintings by WizData , iStockphoto.comare not simply decorative wall paintings but also symbolize a way of life. People hang thesepaintings in their studies or living rooms as a daily healthy reminder and to cultivate their mindsin positive ways. 10 11
  7. 7. Four Gracious Plants is created by altering abstract images from traditional paintings in order The images on Processing are triggered by switch sensors, which is located inside the book andto suggest the passing of time and the seasons. In the cool early spring, rain drizzles and plum detect the turning of the pages. The interaction between the book and the images represent thetrees boldly blossom. Pink flowers grow on in its branches. When the plum flowers are gone, the relationship between engaging in literary works and the appreciation and cultivation of one’sorchids grow and its flowers open to disseminate a dim fragrance in the heat of summer. When mind. The purpose here is to show the audience that such a connection does exist.the summer reaches its peak of hot temperature, the orchids are caught in a rain shower andthen the season changes to fall. In the early morning, chrysanthemums appear in a dense fog.Then, the chrysanthemums overcome the first cold of late fall and yellow flowers bloom. Whenthe winter comes, the bamboo raise up with green leaves, even though it is very cold. After thesnow, the season changes again and this cycle repeats indefinitely. 12 13 Ji Sun Lee _ Four Gracious Plants_ Processing and Arduino with sensors _ 2007
  8. 8. class Plum { ArrayList a; oat j = 0; int branchCounter = 0; Plum() { a = new ArrayList(); PlumBranch b = new PlumBranch(new Vector3D(100,500),new Vector3D(0f,-0.5f ),300f ); a.add(b); } void go() { for (int i = a.size()-1; i >= 0; i--) { PlumBranch b = (PlumBranch) a.get(i); b.update(); b.render(random(15,20)-j); j= j+0.00055; if (b.timeToBranch()) { branchCounter = branchCounter +1; if (branchCounter>64){ createBlossom(b.loc); } if (a.size() < 1024) { a.add(b.plumBranch( 45f)); // Add one going right a.add(b.plumBranch(-30f)); // Add one going left } } } } void createBlossom ( Vector3D loc ) { Blossom new_blossom = new Blossom(loc); blossoms.add(new_blossom); } }Ji Sun Lee _ Four Gracious Plants_ Processing and Arduino with sensors _ 2007
  9. 9. FanningA BUCHAE(Korean fan) brings about wind and gets rid of dust. It was believed that, as it clearsdust o, it also gets rid of evil spirits that bring bad luck or disease.People use a fan in the summer to reduce their body heat and enjoy the wind blowing on theirface. “Fanning” creates a soft wind. This wind cools down the heat and helps relieve people’sstress from the hot temperatures in the city and other annoying things around them. Korean fan By JoonYoung.Kim 16 17
  10. 10. Ji Sun Lee _ Fanning _ Processing and Arduino with a sensor _ 2007Fanning creates the feeling of emptiness inside the mind. It creates moments of relief in The user is able to control the strength and angle of the fanning motion with his or her hand andstressful situations, which feels as if the stress is being cleared away. It is as if you left the wrist. A tilt sensor detects the angle and the number of the fanning motion which is correlatedrealities of life behind for a while by Fanning. When the user uses a fan on his or her face, he directly to the digital images and changes accordingly. The flying pixels of the digital image ofor she is able to see a digital version of their face being scattered on the screen by the wind the person’s face on the screen symbolize the blowing away of complicated and stifling realities.generated by the fan. 18 19
  11. 11. int tiltSensor = 0; // digital sensor Ji Sun Lee _ Fanning _ Processing and Arduino with a sensor _ 2007int inByte = 0; // incoming serial bytevoid setup(){ // start serial port at 9600 bps: Serial.begin(9600);}void loop(){ // if we get a valid byte, read analog ins: if (Serial.available() > 0) { // get incoming byte: inByte =; // read switch, multiply by 255 // so that you’re sending 0 or 255: tiltSensor = 255 * digitalRead(8); // send sensor values: Serial.print(tiltSensor, BYTE); }} 20 21
  12. 12. Head of SpeechThere are many methods for meditation. In Korean, Head of Speech(usually translated as “headof speech” which means “true speech”) has been used for general meditation at the temple inKorea. Used by many enlightened masters of the past, the practitioner endeavors to suspendlogical thinking so that the Original Nature becomes clear through a direct transmission frommind to mind.Today, it is often very difficult to find a “peace of mind” by contemplating about your “true self”like the Head of Speech. People often lack the time or the proper space to engage in suchmeditation and to ask oneself questions that are aimed for self reflection. 22 23 Temple Stay at Hwagyesa - Meditating by sellyourseoul
  13. 13. Head of Speech asks our views questions about life, our identity, and the relationship between these two. The screen on the wall will show short and simple questions continuously. Then, the users will think about the answers to these questions and forget about the stress surrounding their everyday lives and release tension while they are focused on finding the answers. Ji Sun Lee _ Head of Speech_ Processing and Mirror _ 201024 25
  14. 14. The Dot Temple Stay at Hwagyesa - Meditating by sellyourseoSimilar to the walking meditation style, called Haengseon, the sitting meditation style, or Jwaseon, is alsoa common form of meditation in Korea. In the quest for contemplation, this sitting meditation style helpsone to be immersed in specific and general questions one may have about life. For people who are new tothis type of meditation, they can start by imagining a virtual dot on the wall, which should be at the sameheight as your belly button in the sitting position. In the sitting position, the person should be able to lean The Dot helps the user experience this moment of stillness that only happens after some form of meditation.over slightly and touch the wall with the edge of one hand, marking the recommended distance between the There is a camera that detects the movement of the user and analyzes whether the user has moved or not.person and the wall. After placement is assigned, one can start the meditation by focusing on the dot and If the participant successfully focuses on the dot for an extended period of time in stillness, the dot on thecounting from 50 to 0. It is important to note that the purpose of this countdown is to prepare the person for screen suddenly grows. The dot helps the user not only stay focused on the task of meditation at hand, butthe meditation. At the point of complete tranquility and stillness, he or she experiences the dot growing and also encourage the user to experience this moment of tranquility that is often hard to find in everyday life.canvassing the wall, leading one to become fully immersed in it. 26 27
  15. 15. The small sized digital photo frame displays a small dot on the screen. While in the cross-legged position, the user should align the height of his or her belly button accordingly with the height of the dot. The images on the screen will proceed in this order. First, a countdown from 50 to 1 helps the user become comfortable to the new surroundings and prepare him or her mentally for the exercise. Afterwards, a black dot with a white background appears and this image stays for 2 to 5 minutes. Then, the black dot expands and becomes the background. Ji Sun Lee _ The Dot_ Processing _ 201028 29
  16. 16. WalkingMany people tend to think about people, situations and the circumstances happening intheir lives while they are walking. The “walk” is a sort of medium and place to engage insuch meditation. Thich Nhat Hanh, who is a famous monk and the author of a walkingmediation book, conduct walking meditation programs with many people in cycles. The personparticipating in the walking meditation exercise watches the heels of the person in front ofthem and follow his or her direction. When one person rings a bell during this meditationexercise, everyone stops and empties their mind of worries, troubles and anxieties 30 31
  17. 17. Walking encourages people to walk in the designated space by following footprint images that are being projected onto the floor. The camera on the ceiling detects the user’s position and shows the following footprints in front to help guide the participant and indicate the cycle’s direction. If the user stops or his or her pace lags behind the images, the projections of the footprint images wait until the user decides to start walk again or catches up. Overall, these images are shown at a pace where the user will be able to enjoy and relax his or her mind.Ji Sun Lee _ The Dot_ Processing _ 2010 32 33
  18. 18. The First Solo Exhibition in New York and SeoulMedia Noche in New York THE MEDIUM in Seoul02 10 2011 to 03 24 2011 01 25 2011 to 01 30 20111355 Park Avenue 3F, 132-27, Yeonhui-dong,New York, NY 10029, USA Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, KoreaT. +1 646.228.7950 T. +82 (0) +82 (0)10 7385 9373 Facebook: Twitter: jisunlee This work is licensed under