Professor Semi Ryu
Virginia Commonwealth University
Semi Ryu received BFA from Korean National University of Arts and MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She is an associate professor in the Department of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ryu is a media artist who specializes in experimental 3D animations and virtual puppetry, based on Korean shamanism and oral tradition of storytelling. Her animation won numerous awards, including “The Best Young Animated Film Award” at International Festival of Animated Film, Stuttgart, Germany. Her artworks have been widely presented in exhibitions and performances in more than 15 countries and her academic papers have been published in international journals and conferences. One of her papers “Ritualizing Interactive Media” was mentioned as exceptional quality in Leonardo review. Her virtual puppetry “Parting on Z” was recently performed at Chelsea Art Museum, New York. Currently, she is writing a chapter “Sensing without sensing” for the book “Point of Being” (editor: Derrick de Kerkhove) and working as a senior advisor for the project “Avatars for virtual heritage”, funded by National Endowment for the Humanities.