Sojung Bahng (방소정) is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker and researcher, and currently works as a postdoctoral fellow and instructor at Carleton University in Canada. She is a director for Artengine, a multidisciplinary art and research group based in South Korea. Sojung will be appointed as an Assistant Professor in Media and Performance Production in the Department of Film and Media and the DAN School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University in Canada, beginning in July 2022. She holds a PhD from SensiLab at Monash University in Australia, and her doctoral thesis Cinematic VR as a reflexive tool beyond empathy was awarded the 2020 Mollie Holman award for the best thesis of the year. Sojung graduated from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) with a master’s degree in Culture Technology and holds a BFA from Korea National University of Arts (K-Arts 한국예술종합학교), majoring in TV & Film Production and Art Theory.
Sojung explores cinematic media via digital technologies to reflect aesthetic and narrative experiences in cultural and philosophical contexts. Her works have been recognised at prestigious festivals and symposiums worldwide. Her interactive VR project Sleeping Eyes won the award of excellence in experience design at the Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories (FIVARS). Sojung’s animated VR film Anonymous was shown at various film and animation festivals, including BIAF in Bucheon, TSFM in Torino, TIAF in Tbilisi and ANIMAZE in Montreal. Sojung’s 360° autobiographical documentary film Floating Walk was nominated for Social Impact Media Awards in Los Angeles, and her dance film Poetry of Separation was selected for NDC in New York. Sojung’s experimentations into expanded cinema, performance and digital storytelling were presented at many academic conferences and venues. She has published a number of peer-reviewed articles as the first author; all publications are internationally recognized conference proceedings and journals such as ISEA, SIGCHI, ArtsIT, HCII, TEI, ICIDS, ACM Interaction and more. She also curated and directed a multidisciplinary art project called Somplexity funded by Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture.