Selected works by Ronin Cho

Ronin Cho
We Know This But We Just Don't Know How To Show It


Pine, door, proximity sensor, micro-processor

85 x 45 x 199 cm


28th September, 2011

Ronin Cho has been chosen as one of the four finalists in the running for the New Sensations Prize, run by the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4. The Korean artist graduated this year from Goldsmiths' MFA in Computational Studio Art.

The New Sensations finalists have each been commissioned to produce a new piece of work for the prize. The four new works will be on show at an exhibition in October, along with work from other shortlisted artists that didn't make the final. The Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4 are calling the show New Sensations and The Future Can Wait. There will be a short documentary made about each of the final candidates, which will be shown on Channel 4.

Ronin Cho was born in Busan, South Korea, but lives and works in London. He has a background in graphic and interaction design, which culminated in a first class honours degree in 2009 from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts. His work is driven by a keen interest in how one's ideas and experiences can be communicated to others. He explores the relationship between kinetic sculptures and media art by investigating the benefits of using technology and traditional media, including craft. He believes that, as society evolves by increasingly adopting new media into everyday life, art should increasingly reflect this progression to remain relevant.

His previous work includes: 'Weight of Unseen', an interactive kinetic sculpture, and 'We know this but we just don't know how to show it', a hand-carved wooden hand, a door, a microprocessor and a distance sensor that mimics a hand knocking. To see videos of Cho's work in action, visit

Cho plans to produce an 'electric chair' with sensors for the New Sensations show.

The Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4 launched the prize in 2007 to find and support the most talented artists graduating in the UK and Ireland. Each year 20 shortlisted students are chosen to present their work in London. This year there was a record number of entries, with over 600 applications for the prize.

Goldsmiths will also be represented at the show by Tal Regev, one of the 20 shortlisted students, who graduated this year with a BA in Fine Art and History of Art.


August 01, 2011, by Kyuhee Batik, The Creators Project

Instant gratification has become the plight of our contemporary lifestyles. We’ve become conditioned to respond to the fantasy of pressing a button, to the immediate global accessibility at our fingertips. Our dependence on these unseen systems of digital domains and technological trances now dominates our behavior and worldviews. All kinds of media now narrate the ways in which we maneuver physically, socially, and emotionally. Ronin Cho, an artist keen on negotiating the value of the immaterial, draws sharp attention to this contemporary handicap.
‘WEIGHT OF UNSEEN’ is Cho’s interactive kinetic sculpture that joins two very divergent realms of understanding: the material physical world and the immaterial digital world. Comprised of a large steel seven-segment display unit, seven servo motors, a manual chain hoist and a proximity sensor, this sculpture concisely defines the very nature of our day to day invisible interactions. Participants interact with the installation by pulling on the chain to trigger the unit to display the binary code for end-of-file: 00011010. Cho requires his participants to physically work for an end result we rarely acknowledge, instigating behavior that is consciously constructing the unconscious. By materializing the immaterial with such an astute, precise interpretation, Ronin Cho keeps us grounded and aware of the weight of the unseen.