Burden of Support

"Burden or Support" presents recent video works by the South Korean artist Kyungwoo Chun. The works are based on performances that engage the audience in active participation.
Exhibition duration:
28-08-2009 - 04-10-2009
Medium:
Video, performance
Title:
Burden of Support
Artist:
Kyungwoo Chun
"Burden or Support" presents an exhibition of recent video works by the South Korean artist Kyungwoo Chun. Many are based on performances that engage the audience in active participation. The broad subject of these works is interpersonal relationships. 
In the video "Silence is Movement" a group of seated school students are asked to target an individual and after an interval of seven minutes to approach this person and take his or her place. The camera, acting as a surveillance monitor, follows the interaction of the group, highlighting the pupils' restlessness. The participants in "A Naming Game" are also students; here they individually take turns at standing in front of the camera and announcing the name of the next person, before returning to the control group. This continues until the whole group has been named. The video points to the relation between identity and naming, and to the way that the individual relates to the group. 
The interaction between group and individual is further treated in the video "18 x 1 Minute", combined here with a reflection on the individual's perception of time. Nine subjects are asked to decide when they think 18 minutes have passed. Between the group and the audience there's a clock only visible to the audience: this experimental installation questions how time is experienced subjectively. 
The video "Burden or Support" records a performance Kyungwoo Chun made in several places with a group of people who hadn't previously met each other, and who have been seated in front of each other in two rows. The subjects are asked to reach out to the person opposite them. The touch of the hand provides the possibility of having physical contact with a stranger for a short period of time. The two persons become formally interdependent, yet they can be either a burden or a support for each other depending on how their brief relationship develops.