Interactive Futures - 2007

Interactive Futures 2007 ( November 15 - 17 ) Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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JiHyun Ahn

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This is an experimental interactive animation, which introduces a new way to watch animation. It has non-linear structure in both medium and story. It combines videos and flash with actionscripts. All movies are put together in flash and through the actionscripts programming code, people can see more than two angle shots simultaneously, select the chapters and the video segments and create their own storylines. Also there are dynamic animations in flash itself so the animations in videos and those in flash interact each other, crossing the frames. This frame means not only the literal frame object in my work but also the boundary between the linear video work and the nonlinear flash interactivity.

It tells a story about a day in which events happen to one innocent family. There are five storylines, from four different characters’ viewpoints. Stories are seemingly random yet vitally connected with the tale of a set of incidents in one day. The animation starts with the end of the story and then the viewer can find the clue to the story by watching each character’s viewpoint like fitting the pieces of a puzzle. It adds layers and events to the intriguing story until the final shot, where everything is finally made clear.


JiHyun was born in Seoul, Korea and spent her childhood in Japan, where she was exposed to many unique animation films. She studied architecture and interior design at Yonsei University in Korea. During school, spending more time on manipulating 2D and 3D graphic software, she moved her interest forward to computer graphics and studied flash and video animation in School of Visual Arts in New York. Recently, she graduated her master’s program and has endeavored to create animation projects, which were reflective of her quirky imagination and sensibilities.




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