My work explores the idea of "the screen", both actual and metaphorical sites of mediation among desiring human subjects. I see the screen as potentially subversive site with the insufficiency of its own construction, and the duplexity of both passive and active roles. Ranging from personal blogs to cinema, the screen fundamentally engages the act of seeing. However, perceived by vision, the three dimensional world is flattened to a picture neglecting the complexities of actual reality. The screen is a mirror of the self but also a projection of the others : where we are represented but also where we present ourselves. Furthermore it is a site of fascination and passionate participation as well as oppression and restriction. I am interested in exposing the manipulative but fragile structure of the screen that implies these controversies.
My works are fueled by the questions of how my body/identity: being an Asian (Korean) woman, interacts with the notion of screen and its ideological construction. I am inspired by the ambivalence in both visual pleasure and the underlying desire: fascination and disgust, the impulse to escape and to embrace, to sustain and to destruct. For the past couple of years, I have examined the mechanism of image-making through performance based videos, video installations, and interactive sculptures, with the interest of how the visual experiences are constructed and experienced. Utilizing my body as a part of the work, I often bring up the friction between “virtual-digital” and “real-analog” in order to illuminate the tension of binaries mentioned above. Ultimately, my practice aims to encounter the intricacy of viewing and desiring subjects that are disregarded from the dominant vision.
three channel video installation
Perfect Picture is a video installation displayed on three monitors. There are three 5-minute videos and three 1-minute videos in total. The videos interact with each other differently over time giving a sense of simultaneity : while each screen features a different 5-minute video, a single 1-minute video occupies all three screens. Audiences are surrounded by the echo of three videos. While they watch an individual video, they also hear the sounds leaping from the others.
Perfect Picture embraces the indeterminate form of play. I built a wooden wall that is constituted of multiple rotating panels -one side is chromakey green and the other side is black. Then I performed with this apparatus without knowing exactly what image I would put on later. The overlaid images range from the icons of Modernist Art pinnacle to a heroin of a cheesy Japanese movie. This process not only encourages the creative possibilities of improvisation, but also implies the important concepts of the piece. I aim to disarm the ideological forces implicated in the iconic images by suggesting a structure where those images become interchangeable. The physicality of my body and the actual apparatus contrasts with the virtuality of the flat overlaid digital images. Through this binary setup and also the overall humor in the performance, I reexamine the power dynamics in the ideological frameworks of representation.
The following video clip is a documentation of installation + excerpts from three 5-minute videos.