Crossfade focuses on two types of mass migration between South America and Europe, comparing the process of population expansion in human beings with the expansion dynamics of populations in nature.The arrival of Europeans in the Americas was an event that would irrevocably change the course of history of mankind. By the time the first explorers had landed, an invasion of the continent had already become inevitable. For sixteenth century Europeans, America became a screen onto which they could project their fantasies of discovering a new Eden. Many of them lost their lives in pursuit of this illusion, while many Native Americans lost theirs in a struggle to defend their way of life. One man’s dream is another man’s nightmare.
volume 5, issue 2
A Diagram Is a Trivial Machine
The idea of the diagram emerged almost at the same time as the idea of the machine, although we cannot really tell which existed first. However, it seems clear that both are intrinsically connected. Machines and diagrams can be seen as representations of a narrative system that leads the process of the creation of knowledge. What they share is essentially narrative: we create machines using diagrammatic narratives, and with these narratives, we create knowledge. Narratives are the real machines.
I generate diagrams with the purpose of understanding the narratives, forms, and aesthetics of sociocultural and political structures. This leaves room for the production of artistic works that can be introduced into the machinery of everyday life.
Man Son 1969 –The Horror of the Situation
The exhibition MAN SON 1969 –The Horror of the Situation explores the lure and danger of extremes. It takes as its starting point a series of historical events in aesthetics and politics, lifestyle and counterculture in the 1960s, the significance of which is a subject of continuing heated debate. Twenty international contemporary artists have been invited to look back at the events of 1969 and contribute new works that articulate the ambivalence of extremes in that era of far-reaching social transformation. These contemporary positions will be juxtaposed with three paintings from different historical eras, including Master Francke’s Christ as the Man of Sorrows and George Grosz’s John the Sex Murderer. Charles Manson, a central figure of American hippie culture, is believed to have instigated the murders of Sharon Tate and six other people, a crime for which he is currently serving life in prison. As the subject of intense and controversial media interest, the name and persona of Charles Manson provide a framework for the context of the exhibition as a whole.
EMPIRIEN is a series of interventions in public space (1998-2006) that work with the transposition of signs as an idea of reorganizing elements of our urban surroundings. These interventions are reduced to almost imperceptible events that through a redefinition, or reconstruction, of everyday space try to make visible different social mechanisms.
Next Image – Daegu Photo Biennale 2018
NEXT IMAGE is an expression used by Henry Cartier-Bresson, a legendary figure in modern photography, to define the attributes of photography and cinema. He noticed that the 24 images in 1 second always go toward ‘Next’ but soon disappear and become ‘Past’. The basic attributes of photographs always capture ‘Present’, but the situation in the photograph immediately becomes ‘Past’. While considering how to implement the theme of “The Future of Photography” as an exhibition, we decided to borrow this title “NEXT IMAGE” and chose “The Past of the Future” as a subtitle to support the exhibition concept more effectively.
Raumprothesen proposes to investigate non-categorized elements of public space, or Raumprothesen (spatial prosthetics), as objects of design. Once installed, the Raumprothese will be seen as a unified extension of existing architecture. Furthermore, bringing cultural producers, such as video artist and performers, into the “white cube” will serve as a meeting point for Berlin’s art scene. The work will function as a platform that attempts to portray social space on a symbolic level while providing an ideal location for co-existence. The idea is to generate a contextual shift in how cultural output is valued, whereby cultural producers and cultural consumers engage one another according to a different set of rules.