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Cornell Biennial: "Immersive Portraits of COVID: [Pause]" by So-Yeon Yoon

Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, Gallery

This exhibit will focus on 3D data-visualization art in an immersive 3D display environment portraying COVID19 as abstract images of the viewer’s face and faces of the frontline worker of the COVID19 pandemic in real-time on a layered 3D projection surface (an abstract form of giant mask). With artistically interpreted data visualization, the exhibition aims at making people pause and reflect on how the COVID19 pandemic has affected our lives, how the world’s health and other frontline workers displayed the best of humanity, and how we cope with daily challenges. The real-time dynamic portraits of the audiences and people projected over a dark background of the COVID19 data will create an immersive interactive environment using spatial augmented reality (AR). COVID19 data, such as geographic region, socioeconomic class, vaccination, and different impacts on diverse demographic groups, will be retrieved from publicly available sources to create stories aligned with a positive message. An additional goal is developing an environmental intervention using spatial AR to offer a therapeutic experience for the audience and the built environment’s occupants. This project is a pilot for larger future applications demonstrating the emotional and psychological benefits of AR in everyday settings such as an office, a health care facility, a classroom, or a home.

Immersive technology (virtual reality, AR, mixed reality) is rapidly growing and reshaping storytelling with its unique ability to build empathy and to engage audiences. Specifically, projection mapping base spatial AR has the power to convert a built environment into a memorable exhibition space. The built environment significantly influences mental health. Myriad studies demonstrate the impacts of environmental elements on issues such as stress, depressive symptoms, and behavioral disturbances. About 1 in 4 American adults has a diagnosable mental disorder. The COVID19 pandemic brought many changes to how we live; uncertainty, new daily routines, social isolation, resulting in a significant increase in the number of people reporting symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder. We will convert the built environment into a therapeutic agent using spatial AR with meaningful live data.

Dr. So-Yeon Yoon is an associate professor of Design + Environmental Analysis at Cornell University ( and the director of Design-User Experience-Technology (DUET) Research Lab. Yoon’s research focuses on design for optimal user experience employing emerging technology to understand the human response to the physical environment as well as the virtual environment. She was the president of the Design Communication Association from 2018 to 2021.

Jintae Kim is the Co-Founder and Director of TY Studio ( Kim is a new media installation artist in Seoul, Korea. Kim’s work has been shown in theaters and exhibition halls. Some of his interactive installation art pieces have been featured in commercial settings.

Anne Seo-Young Lee is a PhD student in Design and Environmental Analysis and researcher of DUET lab. She received her Master’s degree in Information Science and Communication with an emphasis on Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience. Her research interests are in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), especially, design evaluation using emerging technologies to understand psychological and behavioral responses to different design elements in virtual environments. She is also interested in considering VR/AR/MR as a design research methodology tool.

Experience the installation in Martha van Rensselaer Hall Gallery from Sep 4-29, 2022.

2022 Cornell Biennial
Sponsored by the Cornell Council for the Arts and curated by Timothy Murray, the 2022 Cornell Biennial "Futurities, Uncertain" features exhibitions, installations, and performances by 23 international and 17 Cornell-based artists. Free and open-to-the-public events will rotate on the Cornell Ithaca campus and the Cornell Tech campus in New York City from July through December 2022.

Attend our Celebration Weekend from Sep 15-17, 2022 on the Cornell Ithaca campus. The full list of participants, along with the calendar of 2022 Cornell Biennial events, will be updated in real time at

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