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Gwangju Biennale

Han Nefkens Foundation Production Grant

Heecheon Kim

7 Sept – 11 Nov 2018

12th Gwangju Biennale 2018, South Korea


© Heecheon Kim, Every Smooth Thing Through Mesher, 2018. Produced by the Han Nefkens Foundation

The 12th Gwangju Biennale will see 165 artists from 43 different countries participate in a series of seven exhibitions and the GB Commission exploring the political, cultural, physical and emotional concepts of borders in today’s global community. For this edition of the Gwangju Biennale, a collective of 11 curators from around the world will devise a program of thematic exhibitions, in addition to a monumental new program, the GB Commission and a series of Pavilion Projects taking place across the city of Gwangju.

Artist: Heecheon Kim

Producción year : 2018

Title: <Every Smooth Thing Through Mesher>

“Until now you thought our lives were headed towards the demo, but on that day, you found out the demo is heading towards our lives”

Kim Heecheon’s video works deal with how the contemporary people who are accustomed to the internet, digital devices and smart-phones recognize the temporal and spatial conditions of the world surrounding us and how the world actually works based on those perceptions.

The new work <Every Smooth Thing Through Mesher> focuses on the world, in which technology processes and extracts as much ‘real’ space as we can perceive from two dimensional images in as much ‘realistic’ real-time as we can perceive, and also on ourselves who cannot distinguish this “as much real world as we can perceive” with the real-world.

'Mesher' is a tool designed for skin graft surgery. Before transplanting the healthy skin onto another part of the body, a surgeon will mesh the skin to increase its original size by 2 or 3 times. Meshing is also commonly used in the 3D CGI industry. The artist uses it as a metaphor of our current condition.

In this age, our future hides itself behind the outline of the present and is not visible anymore, just like how pikachu hides himself behind the flower pot in the recent demo of Pokemon Go. Do we live in the future? Or in the present? Or in the past? Are we the back-up data of ourselves? Or the data set of ourselves yet to be rendered?

<Every Smooth Thing Through Mesher> is willing to raise these questions on a summer night waiting for a typhoon.


Heecheon Kim: 
Gwangju Biennale 2018

7 Sept – 11 Nov 2018

Gwangju Biennale 2018

111 Biennale-ro, Buk-gu
500-845 Gwangju
South Korea 

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