“Digital Humanity City: Restoration of Soon-sung” explores a historical site—Hanyang Dosung (HD), the Seoul City Wall, as an architectural interface to the humanistic values of a city, Seoul.
Hanyang is an old name for Seoul, and Dosung for fortress wall. HD is 11.6 miles long and one of the oldest, most well-preserved fortress walls surrounding a big city with more than 10 million citizens. HD was built in 1396 during the Joseon Dynasty and functioned for 514 years, until 1910. It was built along the ridge around the city, to minimize the damage to nature, reflecting the Korean tradition of respecting the natural world. It was added to and rebuilt in 1422, 1704 and 1800, and different brick designs were used in its initial construction and subsequent reconstructions. HD already embodies the architectural history in its form during the entire Joseon Dynasty that lasted for 600 years.
The project will be developed through three steps:
• We will complete the research to understand the stories and histories behind Hanyang Dosung through six different humanities approaches: art history, literature, philosophy, sociology, urban regeneration and aesthetics.
• We will connect the past and the present of Hanyang Dosung by reinterpreting historical artefacts through creative perspectives and presenting the artifacts in digital forms, including a website and an AR mobile application.
• We will move beyond typical boundaries by inviting collaborations between scholars from different disciplines not only in the process of research but also on the forms of presentation.
Contemporary artists and scholars from different fields were invited to participate in this project, and each team is exploring the theme of its specialized fields and produce interactive AR videos based on their research. The AR videos will play themselves on specific places along the fortress wall (location-based AR) in a mobile application specially designed for this project.
This project considers a historic site not as a symbol of the past, but as an interface to a humanistic experience of a city. In so doing, it becomes a field of lived experience that actively engages with citizens’ lives and play. This enables the people to realize that they are subjects who are building the history of the city together and to understand the intertwined relationship between the city and their lives.
This project suggests the potential of digital humanities by addressing histories and stories based on a city through transdisciplinary approaches and by expanding the public’s access to such content by incorporating interactive AR components.
This project suggests a future educational model for humanities. The mobile application programs provide educational content which reinterprets the city's rich historical and cultural artifacts through the eyes of contemporary artists and specialists, providing a wide range of opportunities for young people to enjoy the humanities.
Primary Investigator (PI)
Jung E. Choi, Ph.D.
Hyun Ju Kim (ex-media)
Tae Eun Kim
JiYoon Chun, Ph. D.
Jung Soo Han, Ph.D.
Kyoung Jin Hur, Ph.D.
Web & Exhibition Design