"Moment by Moment; Forgotten and Existent"
- Period: April 2 – August 28, 2021
- Venue: Cubic House
In the summer of 2020, as an unprecedented pandemic cast doubt upon any promise of present-day well-being and our anxiety and worry were mounting over the state of uncertainty, Clayarch Gimhae Museum joined together with artist Yeseul Song to raise new possibilities amid the shakiness of the times, in the form of a novel experiment in community-building within an online space. Against the backdrop of those possibilities, we have come back to the offline space of the art museum in 2021, continuing our hallmark exhibition and education projects, and locating new possibilities for exhibition and education through the works of Yeseul Song.
As part of the project, the 2021 exhibition "Moment by Moment; Forgotten and Existent" seeks to share stories of differences and boundaries with the audience through the series "Invisible Sculptures" by new media artist Yeseul Song.
Anytime new technologies have emerged, the art world has also been expected to expand its boundaries with the diversification of media. Belying those expectations, art that relies on the visual sense remains predominant, but within this milieu, there have been dazzling advances in art forms that are wedded to the latest technologies. The artist raises questions about the art we see, and asks what we are losing in a visually-oriented culture.
There may not even be any objective description or universal experience for this exhibition. In particular, different participants have created artworks of their own for this show, adding multiple layers of information seen through the lens of their varying experiences and perceptions. In this process of expressing and communicating the wonderful differences that exist between us, a meaningful experience lies in wait, one that crosses invisible boundaries.
As a joint creation between the artists, viewers, and the museum, "Moment by Moment; Forgotten and Existent" expands our senses, going further to acknowledge the myriad differences between us arising from biological, social and cultural differences and to celebrate this diversity. Furthermore, through this project, we look forward to being able to advance a bit in becoming a truly open art museum within the life of the local citizens.
Yeseul Song is a South Korean born and New York based new media artist and educator teaching at New York University’s ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) as an Adjunct Faculty and Teaching Fellow.
She uses technology as an art medium to create new media art\-She art\-work that attracts a broad group of audiences. Since 2018, Song work has created immaterial sculptures with invisible materials such as air, temperature, smell and sound while challenging the art market where visually-oriented work dominates.
Her solo show at the Clayarch Museum "Invisible and Existent" features her new series of Invisible Sculptures whose shapes are inspired by the aesthetics of unique clay vessels from the Gaya confederacy (42-532 CE) that existed in the region where theconfederacy the
museum is currently located.
Through her interactive artwork, Song has investigated how aThrough a
relationship between art and its audiences can be extended to impact social relations of individuals. The "Invisible and Existent", a combination of an exhibition and various public programs,
invites the audience to engage with the artwork and reflect on their perception of the invisible forms. What they see from the Invisible Sculptures becomes a part of the show. Through the show, we hope to create a space for diverse voices by blurring the boundaries between visibility and invisibility.