Haru Hyunkyung Ji
Associate Professor
Faculty of Art, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise

Interactive Installations, Immersive Worldmaking, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality, Eversive Fabrication, Artificial Ecosystems


Haru Ji is a media artist and researcher exploring the subject of life in art through Artificial Life Worldmaking: a form of computational generative art creating and evolving virtual ecosystems as immersive environments. She holds a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Technology from the University of California Santa Barbara and is an Associate Professor in DPXA & the Digital Futures program at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, Canada. She attained a Master and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Seoul National University, and studied image engineering, computer graphics and 3D animation at Chung-Ang University, both in Seoul, Korea. She has exhibited computational installations, digital sculptures, virtual architecture, video installations, sculptural objects and 3D animations at exhibitions and art festivals worldwide including ISEA, EvoWorkshops, and SIGGRAPH, with corresponding publications. She is a co-creator of the research project and immersive ecosystem “Artificial Nature”, exploring the expansion of media art towards ‘art-as-it-could-be’. It is an amalgam of play, research, and art, which raises questions regarding the trans-disciplinary interpretation of both subjective beauty and objective truth in art and biology.


2012 Ph.D., Media Arts and Technology, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

2004 ABD candidate ​Ph.D. in Technology Art, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea

1999 MFA, Sculpture, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

1995 BFA, Sculpture, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Selected Exhibitions


  • Daejeon Biennale 2018, Daejeon Museum of Art, Korea. Opens 2018-07-11 (Curated)
  • The DF Open Show, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada. 2018-02-01 to 2018-02-03.
  • MOXI Museum of Exploration of Innovation, Santa Barbara, USA. 2017-08-10 to 2018-01-08 (Commissioned)

Endless Current

  • Kaledioscope Virtual Reality Showcase volume II. Among 21 selected works shown in eight cities across America, Europe, and Asia, March-April 2017.
  • SV+VS (Sonifying Visuals+Visualizing Sound). Gallery MUN, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, Korea. 2016-08-20 - 2016-09-18 (Curated).
  • Currents New Media Festival. El Museo Cultural, and also the Digital Dome at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, USA. 2016-06-10 - 2016-06-26 (Juried).
  • IEEE VIS Arts Program. LeRoy Neiman Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA. 2015-10-16 - 2015-10-30 (Juried).
  • Artience Project Daejeon. Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon, Korea. 2014-08-23 - 2014-09-02 (Curated).
  • Life is very Beautiful, Yeulmaru Exhibition Hall, Yeosu, Korea. 2014.2.18 to 2014.4.6 (Invited)


  • Seoul Sangsangryok Baljeonso (Power Station of Creativity). City Hall, Seoul, Korea. 2015-02-16 - 2015-02-27
  • Capitaine Futur. La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France. 2014-10-08 - 2015-02-08 (Curated).

Time of Doubles / Flux

  • GLOBALE: Exo-Evolution. Center for Art and Media (ZKM) Mediamuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany. 2015-10-30 - 2016-02-28 (Curated).
  • 7th Digital Art Festival Taipei: Artificial Nature, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Digital Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan. 2012.11.6 to 2012.11.25 (Invited)
  • Microwave International New Media Festival, City Hall, Hong Kong. 2012.11.3 to 2012.11.25 (Invited)
  • Energy (에네르기), Daejon Museum of Art, Daejon, Korea. 2012.9.19 to 2012.11.18 (Invited)
  • SIGGRAPH ASIA Art Gallery, Hong Kong Exhibition and Conference Centre, Hong Kong SAR. 2011.2.13 to 2011.2.15 (Juried)
  • Questionable Utility, TransLAB, California NanoSystems Institute, Santa Barbara, USA. 2011.6.9 (Juried)
  • Type:wall, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art (SOMA), Korea. 2011.3.31 to 2011.5.29 (Invited)

Chronophotography / Chronosculpture

  • Media + Life: Sensorial Collaboration, College of Art, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Tokyo, Japan. 2013.2.4 to 2013.2.7 (Invited)

City Life (도시 생명)

  • Urban Organism: Triangle Screenscape, Seoul Square media facade. Seoul, Korea. 2011.10.11 to 2011.10.30 (Invited)

Fluid Space

  • Hyperbody ProtoSpace, Technical University Delft, Holland. 2010.5.6 to 2010.5.7 (Invited)
  • SIGGRAPH ASIA Art Gallery, Yokohama Pacifico Convention Center, Yokohama, Japan. 2009.12.17 to 2009.12.19 (Juried)
  • ThisAbility, Central Academy of Fine Arts Art Museum (CAFA), Beijing, China. July 2009 (Invited)
  • Space Exploration Exhibition, Chunjin Exhibition Center. Chunjin, China. 2009.7.25 to 2009.7.28 (Commissioned)
  • A.L.I.C.E. MUSEUM, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art (SOMA), Korea. 2009.5.1 to 2009.6.21 (Juried)

Infinite Game

  • ThisAbility vs. Disability, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea. 2008.7.22 to 2009.8.24 (Invited)
  • ASIAGRAPH, Digital Gallery, Shanghai, China. 2008.6.27 to 2008.7.1 (Invited)

Awards \ Grants

VIDA 16.0​ Art & Artificial Life Competition, 2015.

1st prize, Sangsanglyok Baljeonso (Power Station of Creativity), Seoul, Korea, 2014.

Selected Publications

  • Haru (Hyunkyung) Ji​, Graham Wakefield. "​Biotopes Computationnels (Computational Biotopes)"​ In Stream 04: Le Paradigme du Vivant (The Paradigm of Living Systems). Philippe Chiambaretta Architecte, Paris, November 2017.
  • Haru (Hyunkyung) Ji​, Graham Wakefield. "R​ecent Realizations of Artificial Nature​." In Living Architecture Systems Group White Papers. Riverside Architectural Press, 2016.
  • Haru (Hyunkyung) Ji​, Graham Wakefield. "E​ndogenous Biologically Inspired Art of Complex Systems.​" Computer Graphics and Applications 36, no. 1 (January, 2016): 16-21. IEEE Computer Society.
  • Graham Wakefield, H​aru (Hyunkyung) Ji​. "V​irtual World-Making in an Interactive Art Installation: Time of Doubles.​" In Virtual Worlds, edited by Stephan Bornhofen, Jean-Claude Heudin, Alain Lioret, Jean-Claude Torrel. ScienceeBook, Paris, November,2012. 
  • Lance Putnam, Graham Wakefield, H​aru (Hyunkyung) Ji​, Basak Alper, Dennis Adderton, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin. "I​mmersed in Unfolding Complex Systems.​" In Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts, edited by Julie Steele, Noah Iliinsky, 291-310. O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2010.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

ACM SIGGRAPH 2018 Art Papers Lead Jury Member.

Living Architecture Systems Group Member.