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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Unstable Mask

The fundamental function of the mask is immunological defence. However, in many Asian countries, this purpose of use is currently giving way to the neurological defence. McLuhan outlined that the Internet is primarily a tactile media. Millennials are the abrasion patients worn by over-communication and hyper-information in the internet and SNS. The other, real-life world is too rough to communicate for them. The other must be defended against, the same as viruses and fine dust. Wearing a mask is a symptom of neurological defence. Even before the corona outbreak, wearing a mask was business as usual for many Koreans.

With social distancing measures in order, we rush to the screen to meet colleagues, friends and family who can’t cause infection. In the sector of digital computing, everything that interferes with communication is eliminated. FaceTime's “gaze correction” is a digital mask that temporarily overshadows the inevitably unaligned gaze. Our eyes are a nuisance that have to be removed.

Why do we still have eyes? What does our body in quarantine exist for? The human body is facing neglect and isolation.

“Unstable Mask” entirely overturns the schemes of the immunological and neurological defense of a mask. "Unstable Mask" consists of two masks sewn side by side with each end of them. Therefore, in order to wear it, physical contact with the Other is inevitable. The memory of a neglected body is returned to the self through the warmth of the Other.



Year of production :
2020

Credits :

photo Katharina Lüdin

Exhibitions :
2020 COVID-19 Diaries. designtransfer, Berlin, DE

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