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Exhibition news: Jeongwon Eom — 1:60, the KCC’s second 2017 Open Call exhibition

The next exhibition at the KCC is by Jeongwon Eom, finalist in the KCC’s 2017 Open Call:

Jeongwon Eom — 1:60

The 2017 KCCUK Open Call II Exhibition
Korean Cultural Centre UK | Grand Buildings | 1-3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW | Main Entrance on Northumberland Avenue
from 3 to 22 April 2017, Monday–Friday: 10am–6pm Saturday: 11am–5pm
RSVP to [email protected] for the opening PV, 3 April 2017, 6pm-8pm

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The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) presents Jeongwon Eom’s first solo show in the UK entitled 1:60.

As the finalist of the KCCUK’s 2017 Open Call Exhibition, Jeongwon Eom will present her solo exhibition from 3 to 22 April 2017. Eom’s winning proposal was selected by three jurors over 40 applicants – the jurors were: Matt Williams (Curator, Institute of Contemporary Arts), Kirsty Ogg (Director, New Contemporaries) and Aaron Cezar (Director, Delfina Foundation).

In 1:60, Jeongwon Eom’s series of installations will explore her interest in the human being’s act of promenading (or wandering) through urban networks, and how geo-psychology can provoke one’s mind and behaviour. Eom will articulate these thoughts through a combination of video works and performances created from assembled objects. The exhibition title 1:60 refers to the relationship between the artist herself and the 60 people who will be performing on the exhibition’s opening night, each leaving the traces of their body line on the window.

Eom’s journey across the UK and Europe over the recent years has enabled her to focus on the formation of cities’ networks, and people’s behavioural and psychological reaction to them. Eom routinely observes her geographical environment and people’s behaviour around it, for example, taking an interest in the power supply cables that run underground, wifi networks, and the likes.

These complicated infrastructures are all hidden yet closely intertwined with one’s everyday life. By borrowing such situations, Eom attempts to measure our emotional responses whilst positioning our body as a part of that network of infrastructure. In this respect, she creates a fictional world where she questions the connection between the body and the network. For example, in her video work Trip (2017), one’s body grows and expands its territory outwards through internet spaces. This idea is backed up by William J. Mitchell’s Intelligent Cities that “cities extended the capabilities of human bodies in more comprehensive and sophisticated ways, and took over more of the functions traditionally performed by the unaided human body, so the cyborg condition intensified”.

Still from Jeongwon Eom: Trip (2017)
Still from Jeongwon Eom: Trip (2017). Single-channel projection, 9mins

Eom has divided the exhibition into four parts. The first section, Looking At The Below On A Road (2016), has 3 projectors attached to a bicycle device and powered by a cake mixer. The chaotic linear videos taken from her journey through communication lines for power supply are projected from the floor to the ceiling, illuminating the entire space. The 3 objects―a seat, a bike frame, a cake mixer―are a strange combination that are interdependent on one another whilst extending such physical space outwards onto projected screens. In the second section, When I Want To Fit Into a Frame (2016) a video is projected across 3 paper screens and the wall. The camera frame becomes both a measurement and a framing device observing Eom’s use of her body. In the third section One Method in Understanding One’s Territory (2016), the audience encounters a red square drawing across the window, the ceiling and the wall, which only appears properly from a certain view point. As such, Eom attempts to explore the self-measurement in one’s emotion. Trip (2017) invites the audience to a fictional video representing Eom’s experience which in turn, expands the individual’s imaginary space into the space of the internet.

Jeongwon Eom (b.1991) lives and works in London. She graduated with a B.A. from Busan National University and is studying at Slade School of Fine Art, MFA Media. Her previous exhibitions include Artwall Project Space (Greece, 2016) and Atelier Foret (Korea, 2015)


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