KYUNGWON MOON/JOONHO JEON
The Ways of Folding Space and Flying (2015), Video Installation
AUGUST - OCTOBER, 2020
JOHN HARTELL GALLERY, SIBLEY HALL
The Ways of Folding Space & Flying is a multi-channel film installation created by the Korean artistic duo Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho for the Korean Pavilion of the 2015 Venice Biennale. Combining Swarm’s subthemes of Ecology, Digitality, Sociality, the project to be revised for the Cornell Biennial explores an archaeological quest into human civilization that interweaves history with visions of the future as told through a future-retrospective narrative. The title of the project stems from the Korean words chukjibeop and bihaengsul. Originating from Taoist practice, chukjibeop means a hypothetical method of contracting physical distance. Bihaengsul refers to a supernatural power to levitate, fly and travel across time and space. They reflect the human desire to surpass the physical and perceived barriers and structures that bind us, despite the apparent absurdity of such imaginings. The project is part of an ongoing inquiry for the artists to make sense of what they perceive as a fundamental function of art in our increasingly uncertain and precarious environment and socio-political landscape.
PROJECT BY: Kyungwon Moon (South Korea) & Joonho Jeon (South Korea)
MOON Kyungwon is based in Seoul and works as a professor at Ewha Womans University; JEON Joonho lives and works in Busan & Seoul. Their site-specific collaborative platform was initially presented at Kassel dOCUMENTA 13 and since then, has been shown at the Korea Artist Prize exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; Tate Liverpool, UK;. Freedom Village, Frieze project in London, and SCAI THE BATHHOUSE in Tokyo. Other notable group exhibitions include Altering Home, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; 2050, A Brief History of the Future, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung; The Return of Memory, HOME, Manchester; COLORI, Castello di RivoliMuseo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino; New Romance, MCA, Sydney; ELEKTRA international Digital Art Biennale, Arsenal, Montreal; GLOBALE:Exo-Evolution, ZKM, Karlsruhe; Lille 3000, Tripostal, Lille; Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, FAAM, Fukuoka; The Future is Now, MAXXI, Rome; Singapore Art Biennale, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Home Works 6, Beirut Art Center, Beirut; Multitude Art Prize, UCCA, Beijing; Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju. They were the recipients of the Grand Prize, Noon Award, at the 2012 Gwangju Biennale, The 1st Korea Artist Prize, co-organized by the National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Korea and SBS Foundation, and the 2013 Multitude Art Prize.