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The Future of Silence: When your tongue vanishes
Period
2020.2.27.~ 6.28.
Venue
Nam June Paik Art Center 2F
Curator
Yoonseo Kim (Curator, Nam June Paik Art Center)
Collaborate Curator
Hyunjeung Kim (Curator, Nam June Paik Art Center)

Artists
Angelica Mesiti, Jaye Moon, Jesse Chun, Ji Hye Yeom, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Lawrence Lek, Juho Lee & Juseung Lee, Woojin Kim
Organized and
Hosted by
백남준아트센터 경기문화재단
Supported by
문학동네 산돌구름
The exhibition The Future of Silence: When your tongue vanishes examines language as spoken and written, as body and mind, as the corporeal and the conceptual, and as systems and cultures. The eight artists explore the phenomena of plunder and extinction of language in the neoliberal society, the relations in understandings and misunderstandings as well as the diversity of nonverbal communications happening outside of letters. At the same time, they reveal the hierarchy and alienation created by the dominant language and the power of language directly connected to human rights as a tool for survival. The exhibition evokes these issues that permeate our everyday life, and thereby sheds new light on the reality and diversity of language, invisible but present.

“Who am I and what will I be like?” Starting from the question of a tongue asking its own whereabouts, the exhibition ultimately seeks to recognize the existence that is different from oneself. Do our anxieties really come from other beings, other species and other languages? Would the anxieties be dispelled if we had only one tongue left in the future? We hope art will be able to bring some comfort to people in these difficult times.
■ Exhibits
1_문재원Jaye Moon
The Wizard of Oz, 2020, lego, soho bricks, 358x307cm, commissioned by Nam June Paik Art Center
2_이주호 이주승Juho Lee & Juseung Lee
Two Different Eyes, 2020, single-channel video, 10min 50sec, commissioned by Nam June Paik Art Center
3_제시천_침묵을말한다그리고Jesse Chun
enunciating silence and, 2019, graphite, silicone, wood, paint, steel trestles, dimensions variable
4_제시천_무성자음Jesse Chun
voiceless consonants, 2019, two-minute sound, airport speaker, steel bracket, amp
6_로렌스렉Jesse Chun
WORKBOOK, 2018, single-channel video, 7min 24sec
6_로렌스렉Lawrence Lek
Geomancer, 2017, single-channel HD video, 48min 15sec, courtesy of the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London.
7_염지혜Ji Hye Yeom
Current Layers: The Manner of a Photoshopping Life, 2017, moving image, 12min 16sec
8_김우진_완벽한합창Woojin Kim
The Perfect Harmony, 2019, four-channel HD video, 5min 12sec
9_김우진_한국어받아쓰기Woojin Kim
Korean Dictation Test: You will have to answer questions what you hear, 2019, four-channel HD video, 5min 26sec
10_로렌스아부함단Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Disputed Utterance, 2019, 14 laser-cut dioramas, c-prints mounted on cardboard with wooden cases, 7×10×6cm, courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut / Hamburg
11_안젤리카메시티Angelica Mesiti
The Colour of Saying, 2015, three-channel HD video, colour, sound, 25min, courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery
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