Daun Bak

Daun Bak (1991, South Korea) has researched and materialised art projects in terms of the impact of media and the digital environment on the human mind, behaviour and condition. She aims for catching glimpses of increasingly complex phenomena in between material and immaterial things and encodes them into the realm of the legible and visible.
She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communications Design from the Dankook University in Yongin, South Korea and she currently studies master's degree in New Media at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) in Germany.  

Work
Scenery Between-Windows 3
Face Value
Scenery Between-Windows 2
Scenery Between-Windows 1
Unstable Mask
Buddha of Capitalism
Waste Does Not Communicate
Skipping Hierarchy
The Self Captured in Absolute Black

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Skipping Hierarchy

Rooted in the principles of Confucianism, Korean people have always placed high value on order and clearly differentiated levels of authority. Taekwondo belts are ranked using various colors, common in many oriental martial arts. This system is an example of modern day hierarchy based on productivity and efficiency.

Laziness in Korean culture is a taboo, and a lot of emphasis is placed on hard work. This Korean traditional value merged with capitalism, resulting in subjects becoming ever more efficient at commanding and exploiting themselves. Even in martial arts, there is a tendency to emphasise the process of self-motivated training rather than winning in a physical competition. Therefore, the visually hierarchized belts work as an effective tool to stimulate the subjects’ need for achievement.

When the skipping rope is in use, the rank belts begin to turn and the boundaries of the separated colors become blurry. Multiple participants are required—one to turn the wheel, so that the others can skip over it. The strictness and unyieldingness of the hierarchical system is replaced by amusement. This act of playful rebellion temporarily overshadows the pervasive nature of self-exploitation.



Year of production :
2019


Credits :
production Lagoon Parliament
photo Andy King


Acknowledgements : 
Chen Hsiang Fu 
Constantin Engelman


Exhibitions :
2019 Falling Upwards. Lagoon Parliament, 2OG Alte Münze, Berlin, DE

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