Jin Hi Kim transforms the komungo with digital processing, performing on stages around the world with Bainbridge’s projections. On the first day of the Year of the Horse, the Metropolitan Museum of Art presented Digital Buddha in conjunction with “Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom”. Digital Buddha begins with a contemplative hypnotic video Mandala and the ancient 4th century Korean komungo that is grounded in Buddhist meditation. The multimedia collaboration gradually moves into a live video mix with extraordinary juxtapositions, fast cut swirling images of a deconstructed electric komungo and Kim’s hands that become a reconfigured live performance through contemporary digital processes.
Digital Buddha is a 70-minute multimedia performance featuring video mixed with extraordinary juxtapositions, fast cut swirling images of a deconstructed electric komungo, and more. Digital Buddha was developed in residencies at Eyebeam, Voom LAB HD and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space. Bainbridge has performed visuals live with Kim at Swing Space and the Korean Festival in Seoul. Bainbridge’s projection design has accompanied Kim’s shows at performances around the world, at Korean Festival, Expo Cibao (Dominican Republic), Expo Zaragoza (Spain), Art & Ideas Festival (New Haven), Detroit Institute of Arts, Festival Salihara (Indonesia), Bandung International Digital Art Festival (Indonesia), Hallwalls (Buffalo, NY), Roulette (NYC), University of Michigan, Asian Pacific Festival at Stanford University and many other places.