The Darkness and Candle

– How can I give the most relaxing but powerful experience using recent technology?
– How can I create an immersive art piece which deals with painful moments more stout-heartedly?


We sometimes encounter pain, suffering, and misery without our wishes. The experience of pain is a complex combination of physiological and psychological factors. It is both a sensory and an emotional experience and some of us deal with it better than others. For me, there was a long period of emotional pain and I felt like a long and dark tunnel. Although it was painful, after passing through the tunnel, I could meet the most brilliant light. If the darkness wasn’t, the light wouldn’t brighter. Light and darkness, pain and joy.. they looked disconnected but surely they are co-existing.

In the past, many spiritual traditions have used *Dark Room techniques* in the pursuit of enlightenment. In Europe, the dark room often appeared in underground form as a network of tunnels, in Egypt as the Pyramids, in Rome as the catacombs, and by the Essenes, near the Dead Sea in Israel, as caves. In the Taoist tradition caves have been used throughout the ages for higher level practices.

On the other hand, light a candle in a dark room and watch as the light instantly overcomes the darkness. As many knows, Christians usually pray in the dark room with a candle. Last year, millions of South Korean citizens have protested for past president Park Geun-Hye’s impeachment bringing candles. It was called *Candlelight Revolution.*

For my thesis, I want to create a meditative infinite tunnel. Based on the sequence of reflected images using infinite mirrors, I will create a unique audiovisual space using darkness and candle. Whereas most infinite space projects have focused on the expression of unlimited space and light, I will focus more on how to maximize the effect of darkness and how to build specific visual images in the space. For this, I will add a projection mapping and create real-world related graphics images using particle or fluid graphics with Shader.

My main audiences are young adults who have suffered from any emotional pain and my strong desire is to give an opportunity to re-think about their pain as a positive value in their life.


Research Approach

# Articles and talks

– Dark Room Meditation For Accessing Higher Dimensions
– Why we need pain to feel happiness | Brock Bastian | TEDxStKilda
– The effects of treatment room lighting color on time perception and emotion | ncbi
– The strength of a candle in a dark room |
– 2016–17 South Korean protests | Wikipedia
– Visualizing Pain | NYT
– Migraine | NYT

# Light and Space

– Microsoft’s Infinity Room makes big data beautiful | Universal Everything
– 6:16 | Dave & Gabe
– Infinity Candle
– Yayoi Kusama

# Books

– HEART OF DARKNESS | Joseph Conrad
– Fatima the Spinner and the Tent
– Representations of Pain in Art and Visual Culture | Google Books

Personal Statement

I had been feeling persistently sad or hopeless due to my several bad experiences in the past. I had to suffer from financial and home problems about 15 years and my father suddenly died by heart disease three years ago. Korean government gave me the maximum fund for two-year graduate school after reviewing my proposal and more importantly financial status. Starting from having almost nothing, ironically, now I’m living and studying in New York which is one of the most expensive cities in the world. While having another painful time in New York due to the financial and language problem, I was incredibly touched by the Candlelight Revolution which was occurred in my country.