Dr June Kim

The Powerhouse Research Fellowship

March 2022

Project Title: Rematerialising memories and rituals of deaths

June Kim
Image: Dr June Kim.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives significantly. A series of lock-down and curfews limited people’s social interaction substantially. During the pandemic, June has drawn into the topics of Deaths, Social Interaction (Social IoT) and Metaverse. At the Powerhouse museum, her practice-based research will focus on rematerializing memories and rituals of death within the Powerhouse collection into 3D digital objects using photogrammetry and building them into a form of AR book. She aims to incorporate a creative approach to researching the Powerhouse collection: combining her interest in HCI, death and death rituals, and posthuman studies.

She is an associate lecturer and researcher at the School of Art & Design and the school of computer science (BoDi Lab), UNSW. Her current research interest lies in the topic of HCI & Death and Death rituals, and Interactive and generative media art. Her works were exhibited in QUT The Cube (Brisbane), Media Art Nexus, NTU (Singapore) and talks were presented at ISEA 2015 and SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia conferences. Her talks were presented at various conferences and festivals including SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia, FMX, ISEA, SAS, Seoul Forum, VRCAI and Web3D in relation to her research interest in the function of immersion and simulation in human culture, in both the history of media technology and current applications to new and emerging forms of interaction.

She was one of the featured speakers with Hideaki Ogawa (Ars Electronica Futurelab) and Akira Wakita (Keio University) to present ‘What is the Future of Art Galleries?’ in SIGGRAPH Asia 2021, Tokyo. Her recent work ‘Indeed 2’ is featured as part of the Double Vision digital art screen in Kiaora Place, Double Bay.