Nam June Paik Art Center holds this year’s first exhibition 2015 Random Access. It is expected to reaffirm the center’s mission to establish itself as a platform on which Paik’s artistic legacy and contemporary art meet and offer an opportunity to discuss the artistic form presented by artists of the new generation and its meanings. Co-curated by five curators of the center, the exhibition features ten artists/teams in the spirit of challenge, distancing themselves from stereotypes about the genre, the form and content of their works.
The title Random Access came from Paik’s eponymous work presented in his first solo exhibition in 1963, in which the visitor produced sound by freely moving a tape head on the strips of audio tape, taken out of a cassette player and then stuck on the wall. This ‘exposition’ of the sound randomly created by the participation of the audience, or to use Paik’s expression, Random Access, not only indicates the mode of information access in digital society, but also contains the keywords for Paik’s artistic practice, such as improvisation, indeterminacy, interaction, participation and among others.
Now in 2015, using the expression as the title of this special exhibition, Nam June Paik Art Center aims at finding new vitality in the contemporary art scene which has becoming increasingly commercialized and standardized and beginning to talk about the artistic languages presented by artists with the audience.
Siwon Kim+Jeewon Yoon+Soosung Lee, Woong Yong Kim, Dappertutto Studio, Seung Won Park, Yeong-Ran Suh, Jung Uk Yang, Min Oh, Sei Rhee, Mihye Cha, Eunjin Choi
29 January 2015, 5pm
Seung Won Park, A Desirable Chaos
Thursday, 29 January 2015
-15:15 Hapjeong Subway Station (exit #2)
-16:00 Hannam-dong across from Hannam The Hill (the former site of Dankook Univ.)
To make a reservation please call and email
to 031-201-8512, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eunjin Choi (with Jung Uk Yang), Self Generative Theater
10 April 4pm, 18 April 4pm, 19 April 2pm, 4pm
Yeong-Ran Suh, One Spot Adventure
2, 3 May 3pm, 6pm
Dappertutto Studio, Dappertutto Studio
30, 31 May 3pm
※ The schedule of performance related exhibition could be changed.
Mon. – Fri./Sun 10am-6pm
Sat. 10am-6pm (until Feburary), 10am-7pm(from March)
Closed on every 2nd & 4th Monday of the month
Siwon Kim, Untitled (x), 2015, wood, paint, dimensions variable
Jeewon Yoon, Untitled (floor), 2015, solvent print on PVC CAL, 12.5x122cm pieces to fit into a 1,200×1,100cm floor
Jeewon Yoon, Untitled (floor/ picture), 2015, solvent print on PVC CAL, 193.9×188.6cm
Soosung Lee, Untitled (x Wh y ￦ –x, y to modify after the exhibition), 2015, wire mesh, lighting rail, lighting lamp, timer, digital power meter, PC, integrating wattmeter, dimensions variable
Siwon Kim, Jeewon Yoon and Soosung Lee talk about the requirements for a space to serve as an exhibition room and create one that is not ‘a space for artworks,’ showing the invisible conventions of exhibition. Siwon Kim erects a poll as high as the height of the participants in the talk and put a board on it, so that they can set up a space. Based on the body measurement, neither on ideality nor on abstractness, this is not a space for artworks. The ceiling and the floor are not parallel and there are no walls to separate works from the outside. But for that very reason, the space restores the private, bodily beings that were excluded from ‘a space for artwork.’ Jeewon Yoon draws images out of the exhibition room, not adding new ones to it. He takes pictures of the wood blocks on the floor and converts them to digital image. These image pieces of the flooring are regularly arranged as if they were pixels, a unit of the digital image, in a way that they can make different floorings connected naturally or create changes in brightness and resolution. The image of the floor is transformed to the size of about 193 x 130cm and hung on the wall. Unlike the common museum lighting system that highlights an artwork than its surroundings, Soosung Lee’s lighting does not look to artworks, although he uses the lighting apparatus for museum display. Lee’s lamps throw excessive light on the ceiling, crammed with functional devices, so that they can be seen even from the outside. However, the lighting effect does not turn this assemblage of devices into a special scene, but leaves it just as it is, that is, thoroughly functional. Lamps regularly repeat turning on and off, constantly changing their color temperature and luminous intensity. The change of the amount of electricity used during the exhibition is recorded and the total amount of electricity used and the electricity charges will be added to the title of the work after the exhibition ends.
Anywhere Angel: Alpha and Omega, 2015, single channel video, 43min
Shelter, 2015, mixed media, dimensions variable
After watching Holiday (1968), director Man-hee Lee’s film about the desperate reality of young people, Woong Yong Kim dreamt a dream in which all the roles in the film were played by angels. Inspired by this dream, or a jumble of the film lines and images, Kim presents a combination of the sounds in Holiday and the videos shot by him: Anywhere Angel: Alpha and Omega. The characters act according to the lines with the unique style of the movie sound in the 1960s, or in the way that is contrary to the meaning of the lines, or that is completely meaningless. In this way, the sound and image repeatedly fall in and out of synchronization, adding more and more layers to the original meaning of the lines. Meanwhile, Shelter plays a variation on the characters or the landscape staged by them.
Dappertutto Studio, 2015, performance, 30min
30 May 2pm, 31 May 2pm
Dappertutto is an Italian word for ‘everywhere,’ and therefore, Dappertutto Studio means a studio that exists everywhere or a studio of everywhere. As is suggested by the name, this theatrical company is characterized mostly by its topsy-turvy, experimental identity. Led by director Zuck-geuk, they explore and examine the requirements for theatrical art, one by one, such as a drama, a theater, actors, the audience, etc. The piece named as same as the company, shown in 2015 Random Access, is a loose, random set of various episodes, not following any predetermined plot. And their experiment in appropriating the form and aesthetics of the early Kabuki Theatre gives more freedom and interpretations to the play.
Homo Artex, 2014, single channel video, color, sound, 2min 45sec
Homo Magicus, 2014, furniture, collected objects, video, dimensions variable
Melancholis #1, #2 Ensemble, 2009-2015, CCTV, sticks, soju boxes, multi-channel video, dimensions variable
Gut gebrüllt, Löwe!, 2011, light bar, tower, video, dimensions variable
One Step, 2013, furniture, collected object, video, dimensions variable
Seung Won Park creates visible music by constantly moving his body. Homo Magicus is a video shooting a man standing precariously on a dangerous looking pile of bricks which soon gives way with a crash. Homo Artex shows only the shadow of a man who seems to do gymnastics in the moonlight and then disappears. Melancholis #1, #2 Ensemble, composed of colorful wood sticks put between soju(Korea’s most popular alcoholic beverage) boxes, requires the viewer’s participation. Viewers walk to and fro with a bar in their crotch and this comic scene created by them turns into another musical note of movement through CCTV.
One Spot Adventure, 2015, workshop performance, 60min
2 May 3pm, 6pm, 3 May 3pm, 6pm
Each performance is limited to about the first 12 bookers.
One of the easy ways to travel or make a venture would be watching a 3D movie, or as an older version, experiencing a walk-through haunted house. The participant eases himself down into the seat and experiences the change of consciousness and emotion: a kind of travel of consciousness. If he compares it with the typical one in which people move from place to place by actually moving their body, he will find that this new kind of travel gives different roles and authority to the body and sensation. What will be the price that the body pays for this travel of consciousness using new technologies? Various practices of ancient religions, such as body training, rituals, initiations, sagas of heroes, etc. are appropriated and quasi-imitated in this performance. The participant is invited to produce a manual to touch the program inside himself and puts it into practice. Please enjoy this non-moving travel on a yoga mat.
Jung Uk Yang
A Hospital with a Lot of Elderly People, Room No. 302: a Man Who is Eating, 2015, wood, thread, motor, LED, dimensions variable
A Hospital with a Lot of Elderly People, Room No. 302: a Man Who is Seeing, 2015, wood, thread, motor, LED, dimensions variable
A Hospital with a Lot of Elderly People, Room No. 302: a Man Who is Recalling, 2015, wood, thread, motor, LED, dimensions variable
Jung Uk Yang looks for narratives of daily life and the meanings lying behind them. In this exhibition, he presents three works in which he thinks of a hospital room full of old people and talks about infirmities of old age that the patients have and their attitude toward the diseases. Each work respectively shows the acts of eating food with weak teeth, seeing something with dim eyes, and recalling faint memories of past. Geriatric diseases are the result of natural decline of function and require the process of accepting it. Yang asks whether three daily activities of ‘eating, seeing and recalling’ could be interpreted to have more hopeful meanings through these diseases. The visual attitude to narrate the story still looks poetic and dynamic as it was in his previous works, but nevertheless is closer to the theme the artist deals with and constructs more condensed forms of space and time than they did.
Play the Stairs, 2006, single channel video, color, sound
Plants, 2015, single channel video, color, sound (in collaboration with sound artist Chosun Hong)
Girl, 2007, single channel video, color, sound
Names, 2015, single channel video, color, sound (in collaboration with sound artist Chosun Hong)
Min Oh plays a game with the conflicting attributes in the system. In the four videos, Play the Stairs makes a pair with Plants and Girl with Names, although there is still some tension between the two of each pair. For example, it is at least difficult to find a system in the light shining through the chasms of the old stone steps or plants of various shapes in Play the Stairs and Plants. The artist establishes a system by giving a note to these irregular objects or repeating a particular element. On the contrary, in Girl and Names which are already within the solid system of language, the viewers experience a curious discordance as the simple structure repeats itself over and over again. The artist creates a new system or highlights the established one using objects, on the one hand, but on the other, produces a precarious balance using opposing attributes by overly reinforcing a system or by exposing the cracks in it.
Mirae’s Room, 2015, sound, video, text, stair, wall, roof, floor, dimensions variable
Sei Rhee presents a space where sounds, images, objects and texts are offered so that the visitors may have a synesthetic experience of listening, reading, seeing and moving. Walls, roof, and stairway are installed in the exhibition space overlooking the hill at the back and a maze was set up in a small room next to the space. The visitors who entered Mirae’s Room can listen to the voice describing TV news images and looking at images of The Jungle Book on the screen under the roof, sitting down on the steps. The images and sounds they listen to and look at raise various questions about the owner of the room, “Mirae” (meaning ‘future’ in Korean): Who is Mirae? What is Mirae? What does the word Mirae remind you of? How is Mirae connected with the past and the present? What is the relationship of this room to Mirae? And the walls, roof, stairway, the maze in the room serve as a platform on which the visitors may observe and think.
Bada, 2015, 2-channel video, color, sound, 15min
Bada, 2014, 16mm film, B/W, silent, 6min
Gazing at Kim, 2015, single channel video, color, silent, 5min
‘Bada Theatre’ was used as a movie theatre for 40 years. Although now closed and visited by no one, the space stood firmly there as if the 20th century’s fossil, enshrining the memories of the past years as they were. The artist came across this old theater in a building in the Cheonggyecheon district which she happened to enter while walking on streets in Jongno, and found there several clocks stopped showing different times, sign boards made in the period that was too old to be remembered, a wornout fan, chairs and other items that bore the traces of the time ‘Bada Theater’ had lived in. In addition, Cha not only captures the daily routine of manager Kim who has kept, controlled, and managed the theater where no one comes, but also tries to convey what she feels is the sentiments of Jongno streets by her work Gazing at Kim. All these three works are screened on different types of media, giving an opportunity to peep into the accumulated records of time.
Self Generative Theater, 2015, performance and installation, dimensions variable, 20min
10 April 4pm, 18 April 4pm, 19 April 2pm, 4pm
Although dance is liable to be considered as a far cry from labor, it too is a work to those who are dancers by profession. All laborers receive adequate reward, as well as the pleasure and satisfaction worthy of the sweat, but why is it difficult to both give and earn compensation for dancing? By what standard should we read the movement before our eyes that is realizing the purpose of production? In collaboration with Jung Uk Yang, EunJin Choi presents a duet of installation and performance to convert dance to numbers. What the audience will see in the performance may not be dance as we know it, but nevertheless, what is more important would be the fact that all kinds of labors deserve their own reward, including due pleasure and satisfaction, which keeps the laborer’s body and health.