As a prologue of the videoprojection work YING YANG SU WHA by artist Chan Sook Choi on the Eastfassade of the Berliner Humboldt Forums and as part of the Opening ceremony of the “Asia – Pacific Weeks 2017”, we had the pleasure to premiere A MATTER OF TIME B at the Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft in Berlin.
Artist Chan Sook Choi
Performer Rosabel Huguet
Sound Simon Goff
Curator Keumhwa Kim I Keum Art Projects
In “A matter of time B”, digital and bodily language mesh to create a dialogue. The point of departure for the performative installation by Chan Sook Choi and Rosabel Huguet is Qi, which understands the origin of life through Chinese and Korean philosophy. Qi has forever existed in Daoism and is omnipresent, like fabric in uninterrupted movement and change, uniting life and death, order and chaos, the four seasons and the beginning and end of the universe.
In her video, the artist Chan Sook Choi uses the laws of modern physics to translate the invisible energy of Qi into 180,000 digital signs, which unfold in geometric patterns and computer-generated formations on the body of the performer, Rosabel Huguet. They then disappear in an instant, passing into a different structure and emerging in a new guise. The dancer’s body is the medium that records this uninterrupted transformation of energy and connects it to the metaphysical form of the pyramids.
“A matter of time B” is a Daoist reflection on the relationship of humans to their digitally networked environment. It exposes our Western mindset – which divides the world through language and logic, naming and explaining things –¬ to an interstitial space that exists above and beyond the dichotomy of inside and outside, of light and shadow. In consideration of the rapidly developing technologies for storing and sharing of data, Chan Sook Choi and Rosabel Huguet take poetic inspiration to pose pressing questions: How does digital technology influence human nature? Can the digital revolution be reconciled with human autonomy?
Photos courtesy of Keum Art Projects by Roger Rossell