of the project]
This exhibition under the theme of identity was designed with four rooms
which contain four different interpretations about the subject 'me'.
It starts off with my attempt to broaden the concept of 'Meta-identity'
which can be define as transcendental or infinite transformation of one's
identity remarked by Anthony Giddens. My assumption is that parts of my
identities are spread across even in objects, plants and animals which
differs totally from essence of myself. Four respective rooms where there
are different interpretations of my identities are divided into mankind
and animal, plant, mineral kingdom. I reveled myself only through scheming
the relation between me and plants and animals.
The space of the exhibition, an artwork, is distorted into places where
it is totally different from the reality like the novel, <Alice In
Wonderland> and turned into exist-experiencing space with a whole new
rules and orders. Displaying this artistic conducts, inquiries about the
way one acknowledge one's identity under codes learned through cramming
teachings and redefinition about identity itself is made just the same
in criteria of other creatures.
[The oscillatory vision, meta_identity]
The place where I live is a residential area and there are six lane roads
within twenty steps from the front door of my house. Across the road,
there are large mart, second hand market and Bucheon station. On the way
to the station, there is an underground shopping mall which is consist
of vendors that sells clothes, shoes and mobile phones. On the other hand,
when you turn to the upper corner of 739-10 street, there is an elementary
school undergoing remodel process and from that point, restaurants are
all over the place for 500 meter or so. This street visited by many people
on a daily basis is the place where I take a walk whenever I feel like
I made an detecting diary about the lives of the street within 1km radius.
However, the truth is, I don't really care who it is or what it is. I
don't even force myself to find a link between collected images and myself.
I just ask substantial questions about definition of myself and others.
These inquiries are made through changing the position of images and watcher.
Name = Identity?
In the beginning of the world, God decided to permit human to name every
single livings on earth. This is how things began to be named and called
as they are nowadays. It is said that 'As I call his name, it was
the moment when he became my life flower' in the poem <Flower> by Kim Chunsoo. As being the case, am I the one who is being called? Am
I the one who I have known for a long time? Is my belief on who I am can
Why don't we start with erasing certain identity which is fixed with endless
questions for a long time. Everything is being created, transformed, developed
and expired. Nothing is fixed in earth forever. Identity is not consist
of obsolete platform but built through fluent standard which is supported
by neighbors like the changeable beings reflected through mirrors. Identity
is nothing but a single happening among many phenomena. Even myself can
be changed like the person I drew in my mind because myself is actually
a something made of vain substance. Just like how the main character Grenouille,
in the novel of Patrick Suskind <Perfume>, turns himself to someone
else through fragments, I started my observation about myself. It was
quiet natural for me to try 'considering myself as other things' and 'questioning
about real me' and 'segregating myself into four different status'. These
are the questions that have brought me ; Am I the one who is being called?
Am I the real me? or Is my belief on who I am desirable?
"One was everything without no limit." <EL ALEPH> by Jorge Luis Borges
'Changing' is one meaning of a prefix 'meta', and this term allows me
to transform into animals and plants. I turned into an elementary student
with school bags on, a grandpa taking a walk with a stick, a weary salaried
man running through an underground shopping center, a barking dog in front
of neighbors and even a busy fly striding across the house. I can also
be the tree-lined street, growing hard weeds between a crevice of an alley
and flowers planted on the street for city cleaning and also the soil.
Various characters of myself will be shown through archived pictures and
films and man with the red shirt and my name on will be talking instead
of me. Furthermore, magic mirror will be presented to the audience representing
the reflected image of myself. I am myself and all the observed matters
at a same time.
I'm the meta_me.
The oscillatory vision
"[I] do not exist but not absence either and can be consider
as existing and nonexisting at a same time."
<Biyubumu Yeokyuyeokmu-Banya Shimkyung>
Can I become another person? Is it possible to be another thing? It reminds
me of <Gatgido> which is on a rise through the Gag Concert,
the comedy TV show. Gatgido shows a military service that resembles
somewhat like dance but lacks the similarity in characteristic of military
art. With little shaky movements, the show expresses the meaningless of
asking whether who I am nor what become of me by shouting 'this is not
me nor other!'. For most of people, identity is the boundary that separates
myself and others in society and neighbors. Through artistic conducts
called 'becoming', I provoked inquiries about stereotyped explanation
of our identity, thus, presenting various identities which is hidden inside