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Goldsmiths student makes final of New Sensations art prize

Published: 28 September 2011 17:00

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.

Notes to Editors
The New Sensations exhibition will take place at B1, Victoria House, Bloomsbury, London WC1, in a 22,000 sq ft venue. The show will be open to the public from 11-17 October, 11.00-6.30, with late opening until 9pm on Saturday 15 October. There will be an invitation-only private view on Monday 10 October.

The judges for 2011 are: artists Hew Locke and Chantal Joffe; Kate Bush, Head of Barbican Art Galleries, Tabitha Jackson, Commissioning Editor, Arts, Channel 4; Tony Chambers, editor-in-chief, Wallpaper magazine; and Rebecca Wilson, Associate Director, Saatchi Gallery.

The three other finalists are: Jonny Briggs, Royal College of Art; Gabriella Boyd, Glasgow School of Art; and Krystina Naylor, from Nottingham Trent University.

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