YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES is an art collective working out of Seoul, Korea. Made up of Young-Hae Chang, a Korean artist and translator, and Marc Voge, an American poet, the collective has made a signature style out of animating minimalist original texts to music, presented using accessible, low-cost software. Their work has been presented in 26 different languages, a stream-of-consciousness style of storytelling that challenges its audience to slow down and pay attention in a world of fleeting engagement.
The collective formed in 1999, and were among the first to experiment with online artwork. They were recognised in 2000 by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for their contribution to online art. The duo uses poetry, deadpan wit and satire to address sometimes-heavy subject matter including powerlessness, modern politics, and the seemingly immovable status quo that has stark relevance in today’s climate.
Their work has been shown all over the world and is held in the permanent collections of Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Queensland Art Gallery, and M+ Hong Kong. They were Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Creative Arts Fellows in 2012, and in 2021 M+ Hong Kong commissioned a major work, CRUCIFIED TVS, for its inaugural museum opening.