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Kyung Hwa Shon: Every Second in Between

A one week installation as part of the RCA’s Curating Contemporary Art MA:

Kyung Hwa Shon: Every Second in Between

Westworks | White City Place | Wood Lane | London W12 7TP
14 May 2018 to 20 May 2018 | Weekdays: 8am – 6pm/Weekends: 10am – 6pm
Private view: Monday 14 May, 6.00–8.30pm
Lunch hour well-being walk: Tuesday 15 May, 12pm & 1pm
CCA curators: Anna Dufour, Sara Thorsen Fredborg, Kate Gu, Niamh O’Driscoll, Afra Rebuscini, Wejdan Reda and Poppy Wu

Kyung Hwa Shon: Fragments of the Seoul Landscape (left) and Psychogeographic Contemporary Abstract Landscapes (right)
Kyung Hwa Shon: Fragments of the Seoul Landscape (left) and Psychogeographic Contemporary Abstract Landscapes (right)

The Royal College of Art Curating Contemporary Art MA 2018 graduating students present their final projects for the second year of the CCA Graduate Project Programme. Developed in collaboration with leading London-based art organisations, the students worked in partnership with the Design Museum, Gasworks, LUX and Stanhope. The four projects explore themes of emotional labour, false belief, spatial rhythm, and networks of transmission and reception through different contexts, including a former BBC site in White City, a live evolving exhibition, a one-day festival and a radio broadcast.

Every Second in Between is a temporary public art project commissioned for White City, a recently regenerated area with an extensive history of temporal changes. Korean artist Kyung Hwa Shon will challenge existing social and cultural rhythms and flows with colourful visual installations spread across multiple sites. The commission invites audiences to reflect on the repurposing of space, how it affects their interaction with the area, their existence within it and will highlight past, present and future urban rhythms of White City.

Kyung Hwa Shon in conversation with Dr. Filipa Matos Wunderlich: Monday 14th May, 6.30 – 7.15pm
The WestWorks Studio, White City Place

As part of the exhibition review, artist Kyung Hwa Shon will be in conversation with Dr. Filipa Matos Wunderlich (Lecturer: Urban Design, Bartlett School of Planning, University College of London).

Lunch hour well-being walk: Tuesday 15 May, 12pm & 1pm

Reclaim your lunch hour by stepping out of the office and discovering new public spaces on a well-being walk led by artist Ania Bas. The walk will bring together both workers and residents in White City and inspire participants to reflect on their own working lives as well as themes surrounding the Every Second in Between public art commission. The walk will follow a circular route and end at the 1908 Olympic Games finish line, by the Broadcast Centre.

All participants will be offered a complimentary lunch courtesy of Butterscotch Bakery

Meeting point: outdoor event space, just outside White City Place, London W12 7TU

Please book your place here.

About the artist

Kyung Hwa Shon explores the reciprocal relation between a city and the imagination through the eyes of a phantom, ‘Stillman’. For her, this imaginary character, ‘Stillman’ is the eruption of a sudden and strange image appearing on the blink of its own vanishing and as such stands in the very moment of the annihilation of the concrete individual. Tracing the movements of ‘Stillman’ makes the city become an enormous, surreal, even theatrical-like space in which a sense of otherness starts to emerge. She focuses on the instant moment of the unanticipated experiences that are encountered in the everyday, as they are significant factors to unfold into extensions of imagination; oscillating in turn between fiction and reality.

The myriad ambiguous signs and letters in the street and fragmented specular images on shop-window displays are, for her, crucial elements in creating peculiar relationships with the world of things, implying the emergence of the imagination. Through these elements, the infinite boundary of the imagination unleashes the city as unaccustomed, disoriented, and reencountered. Her art practice focuses on the rediscovery of psychological heteromorphic identification, the presence of invisible substance, and fantastic visual experiences emanating from serendipitous moments of glitch in the city. The work implies the opening of the urban landscape to a distinct poetics of the city in which mythology, sign, symbol, voice, text, and trace occurs.

Kyung Hwa Shon was born in South Korea and is a PhD researcher in painting at the Royal College of Art in London. In her practice, the artist explores urban life experience using a wide range of mediums including installation, painting, drawing, sound, video and text. She has recently participated in the SWAP:UK/Ukraine artist residency programme organised by the British Council in Ukraine and the Liverpool Biennial.

This event is part of the RCA Show 2018, a unique opportunity to experience the very best of emerging contemporary art and design practice from over 800 art and design postgraduate students.


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