Research and Interest
Jiwon Woo is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, and researcher. Woo investigates role of the art, design, life science, and technology (inbetween their borderlines) in this rapidly transforming society across the generations. She researches new biologically designed materials and fabrication methods derived from the nature and human body, as she believes, living things within human body are critical keys for better understand what human beings have valued across generations, places, and times.
Bio-design, utilizing synthesis, is a tool and language for her to challenge narrow assumption and preconceptions in different disciplines, given role of products and technologies.
Woo is also a CEO and Creative Director of hypha design, Seoul Korea.
[Biodesign] Project Mother's Hand Taste (Son-mat) combines intangible cultural heritage, microbiology, and immigration by investigating the relationship between the inheritance of culinary culture, hand fungi, and the taste of food. The project explores how the older generation’s “hand taste” is preserved across generations by examining hand fungi from Korean households residing in different countries. The study involves physicalization, visualizations, and biofabrications of hand fungi, a new fermentation stater, and a system to preserve and transmit one's hand fungi to the others. It goes on to discover what is maintain, lost, and added over vast spaces and time, 2016 - 2018
*Selected as a final winner for Bio Art and Design Award 2017
[Biodesign] In modern times, our notions of nature and culture seem fusing, and the distinction between made and born becomes less meaningful. Project Stabilimentum investigates possibilities of spider web fibers as new material and bridges a new symbiotic relationship between humans and spiders, by trading spider nourishment and habitat for natural web fibers. The project suggests three different design uses of natural spider web fibers as air filters, 2015 - 2016
*Selected as a representative of the University of Pennsylvania PennDesign for BioDesign Challenge 2016
*Permanent collection of TECH Museum, San Jose
*Showcased at Emerge festival, Arizona University
[Area of Research Interest] Application invention platform for cloud-sharing programming modules and final creations, offering limitless digital interface customization and further possibility for adaptation of physical products, 2014
Accepting and Accommodating Multicultural Families in Korea: Assessment of Public Policies and the Educational System, 2013
A thesis to pursue a deeper understanding of multicultural education and the dearth of educational support services that are available for this particular group in Korea
*Invited as a presenter and for journal submission to International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS) in Rome October 2014
Problems and Improvement Directions for Global Youth Leadership Program,2011
A thesis focusing on a program developed by the Korean government to combat youth unemployment
*Available on request
Tangible User Interface for Microsoft Surface