Viewing design as a tool for problem solving is at the core of Kim’s approach. “After learning the concept of TechnoFeminism, I became aware of the problems in everyday life,” she says. “At that time, I also saw the movie ‘Ghost in the Shell’. The female and male characters in it had a distinctly unified, idealised body shape. It was a unified image of the body from a heterosexual perspective.”
The designer’s graduate collection subverted the notion of the unisex cyborg, making the cyborg highly gendered but in an unexpected way. Instead of a uniformly unsexed body, the pregnant man’s body takes centre stage, turning notions of sex and femininity upside down. Overall, the collection raises a lot of issues to do with gender and technology in today’s world, but Kim thinks the main goal it has achieved is that of “gently expressing dissatisfaction with the unbalanced gender role as a woman.” By positioning her male model in traditionally masculine situations – reading the newspaper, taking work calls, sweating after a workout – and adding a pregnancy bump, it highlights the incongruity that still exists between certain gender roles.