Kyuha Shim (Q) is a Korean computational designer and researcher based in Pittsburgh. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University (US) and a co-founder of PUNCT. Prior to coming to CMU, he held faculty positions at Rhode Island School of Design (US) and Royal College of Art (UK). He worked as a researcher (design) at the Jan van Eyck Academie (NL) and research fellow (Data Visualization Specialist) at MIT’s SENSEable City Laboratory.
Q works in the integrative and interdisciplinary realm of art, design and technology, with particular interest in the language of patterns. Central to his practice is the use of computational thinking as a methodology for design in creating generative systems informed and driven by data. His independent work and research output have been featured internationally (e.g., Design Observer, Wired, Typeroom, IDPURE and GRAPHIC) and he has received honors from ADAA, A'Design, AIGA, core77, Graphis, red dot, iF, IEEE, istd, RGD, Spark, TDC both Tokyo & New York and output. He has exhibited internationally in museums and galleries including Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, National Museum of the Republic in Brasilia, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea and ggg Gallery in Tokyo and in design festivals including AGI Open, Beijing Design Week, London Design Festival, Typojanchi Biennial and Seoul Design Olympic.
During his research residency at Frans Masereel Centrum in 2017, Q looked into the use of rasterisation in Dutch graphic designer Karel Martens’s work and was inspired by Theo van Doesburg’s grid system. He explored how computation informs form-giving and shifts our understanding of design process, from authoring form to that of formation. Using reverse-engineering as a main method, he interpreted the authors’ logic and reflected on his own decisions upon iterations generated by code and print editions. His work contributes to the 100th anniversary celebration of De Stijl in the Netherlands.
15.05.2017 - 07.07.2017