Yeon Sung (성정연) is an artist-researcher based in both the Netherlands and South Korea. As a transboundary practitioner having an unconventional educational background in industrial engineering and graphic design, she is revealing humiliating ideologies geared in “non-human materials,” through research-driven interdisciplinary artworks.

She is currently working on the long-term research/production project “The Matter Trilogy,” which explores the critical materiality of three selected matters. The project attempts to demonstrate how to unravel the intertwined arguments within the matter in the past, and current socio-techno-economic-political situation through the artistic/design-research methods: A critical visualization in and through filmmaking, scientific installation, and visual research essay.

“Rusty Odyssey,” the first part of the trilogy drawing upon matter “copper” was presented internationally at the post-colonial studies initiative conference, film festivals, and art/technology exhibitions in the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, the Czech Republic, and South Korea.





Education

- Bachelor of Art, Graphic Design (Cum Laude) / The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague / The Netherlands / 2015-2019
- Bachelor of Engineering,  Industrial Design Engineering / KoreaTech / South Korea / 2008-2013


Awards/Grants
- Art Change UP Grant / Gyeongnam Culture and Art Foundation, South Korea / 2020
- Stroom Promise Grant / Stroom Den Haag, The Netherlands / 2020
- RE:SEARCH Grant / Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, South Korea / 2020
- Grand Prize / Emerging Artists Competition / CyartSpace, South Korea / 2020
- Nominate / Gogbot Festival Young Blood Award / The Netherlands / 2019
- Finalist / ADAA (Adobe® Design Achievement Awards) / United States / 2014
- Notables / Core77 Design Awards / United States / 2012

Solo Exhibitions 
- (Upcoming) OpZicht (supported by Stroom Den Haag) / Den Haag, the Netherlands / 2021
- Rusty Odyssey / CyartSpace, Seoul, South Korea / 2020

Group Exhibitions/Screenings (selection)
- Besides the Screen 2020 / Porto, Portugal / 2020
- Artist Statement #5 / CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea / 2020
- Other Ways of Wathcing Together / Mama, Rotterdam, the Netherlands / 2020
- MINT - SWITCH 3.0 short film festival / Roodkapje Rotterdam, the Netherlands / 2020
- Gogbot Festival Young Blood Expo / Enschede, the Netherlands / 2019
- CRAFT 2.0 / Neverland Cinema, Rotterdam, the Netherlands / 2019
- As We Speak / Punto Blu Gallery, Seoul, South Korea / 2019
- The Vanishing Things / Floating University, Berlin, Germany / 2018
- Models for Humanity: The 50th anniversary of Amnesty International Netherlands /
  Theater Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands / 2018
- Everything Must Go / Gallery NEST, Den Haag, the Netherlands / 2017
- Balance by Struggle / Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, the Netherlands / 2017
- (Curation) Save_As Expo #02: Fertilizing Impotent Gardens / DCR, Den Haag, the Netherlands / 2017
- (Curation) Save_As Expo #01: Intended Failures / DCR, Den Haag, the Netherlands / 2017

International Exchanges/Residencies 
- Ji.hlava Internatioal Documentary Film Festival / Ji.hlava Academy 2019 / Jihlava, the Czech Republic / 2019

Academic Conferences 
- Besides the Screen 2020 Conference / Porto, Portugal / 2020
- The second PIN (Postcolonial Studies Initiative) Network Conference
"Intellectuals Across Borders: Writers, Artists, Activists" / Münster, Germany / 2019

Publications
- (Upcoming) Rusty Odyssey / Self-publish, the Netherlands / 2021
- Artist Statement #5 / CICA Press, South Korea, United States / 2020
- Research Programme “Matter” / Het Nieuwe Instituut / The Netherlands / 2019