Je Sung Lee / 이지성 / 李志性

Je Sung Lee is an artist and designer, who aims to deconstruct the socially designed paradoxes. By defining himself as an ‘inbetweener,’ he wants to be a Catalyst which initiates conversation beyond the social barrier. He joined MIT Media Lab’s Poetic Justice Group as a research assistant and has been engaged in several research projects in collaboration.
Education / Honors 

2019    Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA
Master in Design Studies with distinction / Art, Design, and the Public Domain 
'Missing Women Survived Men - Sex Selective Abortions 80-90s in Korea'
Thesis Advisor : Krzysztof Wodiczko, Malkit Shoshan
The Art, Design, and the Public Domain program cultivates dialogues on the contemporary issues of urban, historical, aesthetic, and technological culture, while developing a practice of creative and imaginative methodologies with an emphasis on social engagement.
– Courses included Interaction design, Game making, Digital media study, Landscape architecture, Video projection, Sound, Performance, Interdisciplinary art practices at Harvard GSD, MIT ACT, MIT Media Lab, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.

2017    Fulbright Scholarship 
Granted by Korean American Education Commission due to social engaging projects  'Glass to meet you,' 'Euljiroum,' “Zero Dot Zero”
2015    Kookmin University, Architecture and Design College, Seoul, Korea
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Advanced) / Interior Design / Student President
Vibrating between art and design, digital and analogue, and diverse contextual scales, KIND aims for realizing the innovative experience in space looking through social problems in multifaceted perspective.

Independent Projects
2019  Urban Wild / Fulbright Post Degree Project.
2015-17   Euljiroum / Granted by City of Seoul, Jung-Gu Dist Office, Seoul Youth Hub 
“Euljiroum” is a local revitalizing project in an artist-in- residence program in Seoul. The program confronts slum problems in urban area Euljiro, Seoul.
2015-17   Glass to meet you / Granted by Korean SMBA
“Glass to meet you” is a project utilizes unrecyclable glass to benefit small-scale artist communities. He developed several educational toolkits and conducted workshops, sharing craft expertise with the public.
2014-17   Studio Zero dot zero / Granted by Korean Social entrepreneur incubation program
This is a Design Studio Founded by Je Sung Lee and Narrae Kang which aims for lowering the barriers of social classification with methodologies of design and craft.
Media / Talk
2019   Design Research Forum 'Bio-politics' / Harvard GSD
2019   Art, Design and the Public Domain Pro-Seminar (Guest Presenter) / Harvard GSD
2018   TODAM _ Wisdoms from the naiveté(Euljiro) / Cambridge
2018   Global Leadership Forum _ Presentations for Korean young kids / SISA-IN Magazine
2018   Euljiro, As a New Arts & Culture Ecosystem / From A (Seoul, Korea)
2017   Young Artists who were invited to the niche of an old city / Seoul National University News
2016   Notable Upcycling Company / Better Future (Daily Chosun)
2016   Euljiro Cultural Topographic map / Monthly Design (Web)
2016   Innovative Talk, Zero Waste / Cow & Dog (Social Venture Incubating Agency)
2015   Start Up! / Kookmin University Webzine
2015   Young Artist Interview / A route Art Magazine
Selected Workshops
2018    Moon shine Making workshop / Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts  
2017    E-commerce Workshop for 50-70/ Seun Arcade / City of Seoul 
2017    Introduction of Start-Up / Kookmin University
2016    Mapping Workshop / Seongsan Elementary School
2015    Eulji Moonlight Tour / Eulji Art Space / Jung-gu Dist Office 
2015    Annyeong Yuriya! /  Gwanak Creative playground / Seoul art and culture foundation 
2018    Platform 11 / Harvard Graduate School of Design
2016    Package Design Renovation for Craftsmen / Korea Crafts & Design Foundation
2015    Automotive Parametric Patterns for AB Segment Concept Car  / KIA Motors
2014    Convergence / Kookmin University
2019   MDes Project Research & Development Award / Harvard GSD
2018   Finalist, Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition / Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
2018   3rd Prize, Tingling the Senses Hackathon / MIT Design Lab 
2014   Best Researcher Prize / KIA Motors
2014   Grand Prize, Spot Design week / Kookmin University
2013   Sort 1. Scholarship for Distinguished Student due to the activity of student leader / Kookmin University
Artist Residencies
2018(Jul -Aug)    Tessellate Gallery, Pontiac, MI
2015-17              Euljiro Design & Art Project, Jung-gu Dist Office, Seoul
Selected Exhibitions
2019    Platform 11: Setting the Table / Druker Design Gallery/ Cambridge, MA
2018    SUGAR THIEF / 40 Kirkland Gallery / Cambridge, MA
2018    BREAH EXCHANGE / Tessellate Gallery / Pontiac, MI
2015    Seoul Design Week / DDP /Seoul 
2014    CRAFT TREND FAIR / COEX / Seoul 
2014    The Convergence / ARA art center / Seoul
Military Service
2012    Honorably discharged as Sergeant from the Army / Defense Security Command / Communication Security
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