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Event news: Sora Kim 2, 3 panel discussion

News of a panel discussion at the KCC to talk about the current exhibition by Sora Kim:

Sora Kim: Fractured Performance

Panel discussion with Eugenio Polgovsky, Tamarin Norwood and Ellen Mara de Wachter
Tuesday 17 November, 6.30pm – Free, booking essential: [email protected]
(The exhibition will be open until 9pm)

Christian Nyampeta
Sora Kim, 2,3, 2015. Still of Christian Nyampeta’s performance in London, 13 September, 11pm (BST).

Sora Kim’s performances involve other people, encourage improvisation and verge on the conceptual – her latest project 2,3 produced for her current exhibition at the KCCUK involved 15 people performing simultaneously whilst being in different locations around the globe. This panel discussion brings together one of Kim’s performers for 2,3, Eugenio Polgovsky (filmmaker and cinematographer), with two people commissioned to write accounts of the performance, Tamarin Norwood (artist and writer) and Ellen Mara de Wachter (curator and writer). They will discuss their experiences of being involved in Kim’s project and its position within the landscape of contemporary performance today.

The exhibition at the KCCUK is Kim’s first London solo exhibition and marks her nomination as ‘2015 Artist of the Year’. The project 2,3 – the focus of Kim’s exhibition – explores notions of togetherness and visibility and questions basic conventions of performance. Challenging convention and investigating our relationships with one another are hallmarks of Kim’s practice and have established her as one of the key Korean artists of her generation.

Taking place at precisely 11pm on Sunday 13 September, 2,3 involved 15 performers who enacted a score written by Kim. They performed simultaneously, for 2 to 3 minutes, wherever they were at that particular moment – from Belgrade to Mexico City, from London to Seoul. They were accompanied by an audience – though the performance was unseeable – consisting of any person who shared that moment with the artist and performers; with a copy of the score, the names of the performers and their locations, the audience could enjoy the performance as it came into being in their imagination. Kim invited 4 writers to document their experience of the performance, as a way of embodying the audience: Kai Van Eikels, Lucas W. Melkane, Tamarin Norwood and Ellen Mara de Wachter. Their texts appear in the catalogue accompanying this exhibition.

Kim’s practice often involves participants and collaborators. Her score for 2,3 consisted of 15 acts, each act being a single word or phrase: ‘pain’, ‘abstract walking’, ‘under-bridge echo’. She then invited 15 artists each to perform a specific act, gathering an extraordinary collection of practitioners including a theatre director, a dancer, a filmmaker, artists, designers and musicians. The score was left open to the performers’ own interpretation, the only requirement was that they film or record their performance. This exhibition presents the videos and sound recordings as a time-based installation, creating a new dimension to the performance.

Participating artists: Eunji Cho, Adrian Heathfield, Chosil Kil, Okkyung Lee, Wah Nu, Christian Nyampeta, Minhee Park, Sarah Pierce, Eugenio Polgovsky, Dragan Protic & Djordje Balmazovic (Škart), Linda Reinered, Jan Ritsema, Samon Takahashi, Simon Whetham, Jang Young-gyu.

Born in 1965 in South Korea, Sora Kim studied at the National University of Seoul (1986) and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (1991). Kim lives and works in Seoul. Key solo exhibitions include Three Foot Walking, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2013); Abstract Walking, Art Sonje Center, Seoul (2012); -, Atelier Hermès, Seoul (2010); Hansel & Gretel, Kukje Gallery, Seoul (2007); Melting Alaska, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (2007); Antarctica, Artsonje Center, Seoul (2004); Cosmo Vitale, REDCAT, Los Angeles (2004). Group exhibitions include Cultural Station Seoul 284, Seoul (2011); Inner Voice, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2011); 10th Istanbul Biennale (2007); Busan Biennale (2006); Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama (2005); Korean Pavilion,
51st Venice Biennale (2005).

‘Artist of the Year’ is the KCCUK’s major annual award programme, introducing a key aspect of Korea’s vibrant contemporary art scene to UK audiences. The jurors for this year’s award were Jonathan Watkins (Director, Ikon Gallery), Emily Pethick (Director, Showroom), Binna Choi (Director, CASCO) and Je Yun Moon (Curator, KCCUK).

Speakers’ Biographies

Ellen Mara de Wachter is an independent curator and writer based in London. After working at the British Museum and the Barbican Art Gallery, she was Curator at Zabludowicz Collection, London until 2013, when she left to work freelance. From 2013-15 she was Curator of Public Collection Development at the Contemporary Art Society, where she was responsible for CAS’s acquisitions scheme for museums across the UK. Her writing has been published in exhibition catalogues and magazines including Frieze, and Flash Art. She is a Visiting Lecturer in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London.

Tamarin Norwood is an artist and writer working with text, video and sculptural installation to examine gesture and pictorial figuration in drawing and writing. Recent UK commissions include Tate Britain, Art on the Underground, Modern Art Oxford; international exhibitions include MOCCA Toronto, ICA Philadelphia and Beton7 Athens. Her art writing, poetry and fiction has been widely published including by the ICA, LADA and Bloodaxe, and her artist book ‘olololo’ was published by Modern Art Oxford with Book Works studio. She studied linguistics and medieval Italian literature before training as an artist at Central Saint Martins and on the Goldsmiths Art Writing MFA, and is now completing a practice-led doctorate in Fine Art as a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University.

Eugenio Polgovsky is an independent filmmaker and cinematographer. He works on the production of films focussing on the struggle for survival of people in rural areas of Mexico and explores the lives of those that the mass media renders invisible. Through detailed non-fiction portraits, he exposes and questions the contradictions of humanity and its ideas of civilisation and progress. He is the author of the feature documentary films Tropic of Cancer, The Inheritors, Mexican Ritual, Resurrection and the short film A Leap of Life. MoMA New York presented Tropic of Cancer as one of the region’s most innovative contemporary films (2006). His films have been featured in Cannes Film Festival (2005), 65th Mostra of Venice (2008), and Berlin Film Festival (2009). He is a graduate of the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, Mexico City and founder of Tecolote Films. He has been invited as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge for 2015-2017.

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