Nam June Paik Art Center Seoul I Wrap around the time
2-channel Videoinstallation with Performance40“ Flatscreens, mattress
Videos each 22 min
Performance 3h during opening
Screening of the performance during exhibition period
Two TV monitors are obliquely stationed on a white mattress, like pillows on a bed. The viewers can see fragments of images passing through the monitor, and hear the sound of a woman and a man conversing in a low voice, mainly asking about the counterpart’s mental state or bringing up gender-specific topics. The images, projected along with dialogues such as “hi,” “how are you,” or “I can’t see,” do not appear to be relevant. An androgynous-looking figure, appearing to be asleep on the bed, exhibits the ‘powerful sense of solitude’ nestled within an individual living in our own time, back turned toward the TV monitor. The artist focuses on reflecting on the fragmented order of time in our era, and narrating this topic in a language that exists somewhere in between compressed expressions and the description of a fragile figure. The viewers are offered an opportunity to ponder on the various possibilities that are brought forth through familiarity and new concepts about communities.
Text by Hyun Jeung Kim
Projection onto silk screen
Kinetic sand, smoke machine
Size approx. 3m x 2,50m
The title, ‘In Ekklesia,’ comes from the Greek word ‘ecclesia,’ which refers to the democratic parliament that served Athens in its halcyon days by being open to male citizens every other year. Solon, an Athenian legislator and a sage, allowed all citizens to serve the parliament regardless of their social class in BC 594. The Ecclesia made decisions about war, military strategies, and all judicial and administrative issues. This work satirizes various facets of humans and machines in the 21st century, unconsciously within a dystopian environment. Isabella Fürnkäs introduces a method of combining and overlaying countless images in her work, providing the new experience of sensations that act in ambiguous flows, movements, interference, and interjection. The piece is about the new metaphysical and material connections appearing through digital conversations that are divorced from the general notion of time and space, as well as isolation and alienation.
Text by Hyun Jeung Kim
In her recent work “In Ekklesia”, a rhythmic automised dance sprinkled with subconscious drawings and phrases/fears, shows the melt-down and power of ideals. Speculations upon fragmented sensuality and desires of irrational thought come across, letting the viewer experience himself in correlation with the space.
Text extract by Gregor Jansen
Group show with:
Artists A.Typist Bubble Deck Auto Wash Charlotte Norm Carsten Nicolai Daisuke Yamashiro David Haines Isabella Fürnkäs Joyce Hinterding Jungki Beak Paul Garrin Raphaela Vogel Ryu Biho Ryuichi Sakamoto Sora Kim UJINO Vakki Wang Yuyang Zhang Peili
Curators Dae Shik Kim Gregor Jansen Hyun-Suk Seo Jaewon Yu Jinsuk Suh Mark B.N. Hansen Mizuki Takahashi Sungmin Hong Young-june Lee Yujoo Han Zhang Ga