Dae Uk Kim grew up in South Korea in a conservative environment with traditional gender expectations. Now, as a designer he uses his childhood feelings of shame and repression and turns them into objects that liberate him by cultivating beauty and joy instead. In his Mutants series, he aims to explain and reveal how his desires and dreams have met obstructions, due to the societal expectations of gender.
During this edition of SAVED, you can expect to see everything from fashion pictures to K-pop music videos. Drawing inspiration from his own childhood feelings, Dae has his own extensive image collection. It forms an archive which he combines with inspiration from music and music videos by artists like Black pink, 2NE1, Lady Gaga, Björk and Nicki Minaj. “When I see their various and gorgeous hair styles, fashion, nail art, high heels and etc, so many elements stimulate my hidden desires.”
Dae Uk Kim graduated with a bachelor in Industrial Design from Seoul National University of Science & Technology in South Korea and a master in Contextual Design from Design Academy Eindhoven. As a designer, he now divides his time between Eindhoven and Seoul and exhibited at, among other places MINO art space (Antwerp), The Future Perfect (New York) and Het Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam).
20:00-20:30 Walk in with drinks (included)
20:30-21:30 Conversation between Dae Uk Kim and Lydia van der Made (Design Museum Den Bosch)
21:30-22:00 Drinks (included)
In SAVED we talk with young designers about their inspirations, sources and references. The interview is structured as a deep dive through the sources of inspiration that designers have collected over time in their saved folders on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr. We will go from memes to music videos, and from movie trailers to random pictures. These will be the starting point for a conversation about their design practice, style and working methods. In short: What can their ‘Saved’ folder tell us about them as a creative?
SAVED is organized as a part of the Young Design programme. This department of the museum develops exhibitions and public programmes for a young and diverse audience. The focus is on young design makers, young design users and contemporary society.