Luminous books by Airan Kang
Airan Kang is best known for encasing book dust jackets in resin shells with LED, transforming them into colorful light sculptures programmed to vary in brightness, hue, and intensity.
Kang’s ongoing Digital Book Project explores the book as a symbol of human knowledge and its significance as a portal for information both as a physical object and in virtual space.
The project asks questions about the future of knowledge, such as ‘How will we store information in the future?’ ‘What bits of it will we value?’ and ‘Will we still absorb it in the same ways?’
Kang is fascinated by the way people’s lives are increasingly played out at the intersection of physical and virtual worlds. She is also interested in how we absorb knowledge through our senses and links our use of digital technologies to the notion of synaesthesia.
This is a neurological condition in which two or more of the five senses normally experienced separately are involuntarily joined together.
Images courtesy of Airan Kang and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery