Edge of Now
Center for Art and Media (ZKM), Karlsruhe
–27 October 2019
The “Edge of Now” exhibition is displaying works by three artists from South Korea, China and Germany: Verena Friedrich, Yang Jian and Kim Heecheon.
The “Edge of Now” exhibition is displaying works by three artists from South Korea, China and Germany as part of the “Three Rooms” project. This project is a collaboration between the ZKM, the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul and the Chronus Art Center in Shanghai which aims to promote young media artists. Following its launch in Seoul, the exhibition will be on view until 27 October 2019 in atriums 1 and 2 of the Center for Art and Media (Zentrum für Kunst und Medien) in Karlsruhe and will then move to Shanghai.
In their works, the three artists develop unusual perspectives surrounding the current debate concerning dealing with new technologies and media, and in their own way show how a possible future might look like in an increasingly technologised world.
In her installation “The Long Now”, Verena Friedrich explores the chemical and physical properties of a soap bubble exploring the use of a machine that serves as an incubator and extends the lifespan of a soap bubble. The work deals with the idea of ‘vanitas’, and the conflict between stability and fragility, between science and environmental influences and symbolises the progress of the importance of our technologisation.
The “Forest of Sensors” installation depicts the Chinese artist Yang Jian's critical examination of the influence of technology on our living environment and our behaviour in the form of an obstacle course of everyday objects. The idea is to walk through the installation without triggering the alarm. What looks like a game simultaneously controls and manipulates the movements and routes the visitor takes.
“Lifting Barbells” is a video essay from the perspective of the first-person narrator Kim Heecheon, a South Korean artist. The video shows the protagonist reconstructing the last minutes of his father's life with GPS data, Smartwatch, sports apps and rescue protocols in detailed 3D models and Google Maps views. The artist’s autobiographically coloured work reflects complicated emotional states and shows the image of a society caught between physical and virtual spaces.