As a media artist, she investigates the impact of media and the digital environment on the human mind and behavior.

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 was born in South Korea and currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


Mark

Skipping Hierarchy



Skipping Hierarchy. installation view, 2019, dimension variable, mixed media: Taekwondo rank belt, cotton twined wheel ect., photo by Andy King

Skipping Hierarchy. detail, 2019, dimension variable, mixed media: Taekwondo rank belt, cotton twined wheel ect., technical support by Chen Hsiang Fu and Constantin Engelman, photo by Andy King

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.



Exhibition
2020 FALLING UPWARDS. 2OG Alte Münze, Berlin, Germany
production by ‘Lagoon Parliament’, photo by Andy King
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