Born 1980, Seoul. Lives and works Seoul
Ideas about adaptation and evolution are central to Wonbin Yang’s work. Many of his recent projects investigate how artificial entities could take hold in our cities, ‘utilising urban facilities and systems, building relationships with other beings, and developing strategies to survive in their man-made surroundings’.
In Species series (2012) Wonbin Yang creates an ecosystem of insect-like robots that he imagines could thrive in a city of the future. His interest lies in the idea that contemporary cities are a ‘primordial soup’ capable of generating new forms of life. Made from urban waste and small mechanical parts, each robot has a distinctive set of behaviours and biological characteristics that give it a unique personality. Yang documents the lifecycles of his robots in their ‘natural environment’, creating short videos, reminiscent of nature documentaries, that capture their struggles, triumphs and failures.