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Semi Ryu | Virtual Reality Artist

Semi Ryu specializes in 3D animation and virtual puppetry based on Korean ritual and oral storytelling. Her artworks and papers have been internationally presented in screenings, exhibitions, performances, and publications in 20 countries, including Chelsea Art Museum, and the book The Point of Being (Cambridge Scholars, UK). Since 2014, she has been working on her project “VoicingElder: Avatar Life-Review for Older Adults” to support memory and intergenerational relationship of the older adults. Next project is “VoicingHan: Avatar Life-Review Empowering Selves”, to support the creation of personalized narratives for individuals with trauma-related memories. In her talk, Ryu discusses how she uses virtual body as a tool for expression and emotional release. Ryu is an associate professor in the Department of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University. A South Korean native, she earned a BFA from the Korean National University of Arts, an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

In her talk, Ryu  discusses how she uses virtual reality as a tool for expression and empathy.

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