Photo by Seulki KI
Tracing Sites @Nanji-do
Nanji 11th Season1 Group Exhibition, SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KOR, 2017
Photo by Seulki KI
When we were working on this Tracing Sites project, our residence was located at Nanji (Nanji Hangang Park) in Seoul. Nanji is a place of intense transition: before 1978 it was a paradise of waterfowl, flowers, and reeds; from the 1980s to 1996 it was a huge trash heap dotted with slums; and now it is a natural park.
The current state of this transition is also very strange. Even though it is in the center of Seoul, there are several huge garbage mountains with fake nature pasted on their shoulders. Tracing Sites@Nanji-do is an attempt to replicate the garbage mountains themselves in order to find out what these strange sights are. The work is developed through pointillist moving image (multi-monitor).
One of the themes of this project is “mimicry.” When we look at the garbage mountains from a distance, we can see the awkward nature such as unnaturally evenly lined trees. It is truly mimicry by humans that the garbage mountains are covered with protective sheets and soil, and pasted nature on top of them, just as various organisms mimic in order to adapt to their environment. Furthermore, the ecosystem that is growing on the soil of the garbage mountains appears to be a metaphor for the kinetics of human society.
How can we describe this strange feeling because of staying at the center of garbage mountains for 3 months? In order to understand the feeling, we trace the surface of the sites by following the light, by learning the Impressionist's technique—as many artists have persistently depicted the object to know the target.
Can we reach the stacked time continued from the past to the future, or can we overlay the time of individuals who came from outside and spend the time at the site, and the time of social history, by tracing the surface layer of the site? Tracing Sites is a project to pursue better way of keeping reality close in between the traces of human hands and computing.
Photo by Seulki KI
Photo by Seulki KI
Tracing Sites @Nanji-do
Nanji 11th Season1 Group Exhibition, SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KOR, 2017
Video Installation (Loop), Dimension Variable

With support from: SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KOR
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