Hye Yeon Nam Awarded Anonymous Was A Woman Grant

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Hye Yeon Nam, associate professor of digital art, was selected as a recipient of the Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grant for her project Ec(h)o exploring the intersections of technology and nature.

The Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grants (AWAW EAG) program, supported by Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) and The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), provides one-time grants of up to $20,000 to support environmental art projects led by women-identifying artists from the United States and U.S. territories. In the 2023 cycle, the second year of the program, a total of $309,000 in grant funding was awarded to 20 projects that will focus on environmental issues and advocacy in locations including Belize, Southern Iraq, Mongolia, New York, Pennsylvania, Tierra del Fuego, West Virginia, and Washington. The 20 projects were selected from 884 applications from artists who reside in the United States and U.S. Territories.

Nam’s project Ec(h)o is a generative musical installation that explores interspecies relationships between humans, non-humans, and nature. Ec(h)o uses robotic 3D printing of plants from seed to translate our memories from the community into living sculptures and back to the sound with touch interactions.

“This work evokes how entangled our relationship with the environment has become, and encourages a perspective shift from individualism and exceptionalism towards an inclusive ecology,” Nam said.

Nam is a digital media artist and HCI designer exploring how technology can improve our interactions with other agents – humans, robots, or nature. She foregrounds the complexity of social relationships by making the familiar strange and interpreting everyday behaviors in performative ways. Hye Yeon has published and exhibited her work at ARS Electronica Center, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Asia Society Texas Center, Japanese American National Museum, Times Square, Eyebeam, Conflux Festival, D.U.M.B.O. Festival, the Lab in San Francisco, Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletronica (FILE), SIGGRAPH, Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI), International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), Creativity & Cognition (C&C), and several others in Korea, China, Istanbul, Ireland, the UK, Germany, Australia, Denmark, and Switzerland. Her work has been broadcast on the Discovery Channel and LIVE TV show Good Day Sacramento and featured in Wired, We Make Money Not Art, Makezine, Business Insider, Slashdot, and Engadget.