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Heecheon Kim

Every Smooth Thing Through Mesher

Heecheon Kim    

Every Smooth Thing Through Mesher  ​


Year: 2018

Duration: 30 min 05

Video produced by the Han Nefkens Foundation


Born 1989, South Korea  
Works in South Korea 


Gwangju Biennale

Biennale Exhibition Hall

2018 07.09.2018 – 11.11.2018 

“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.