6/2019, Graphite on paper mounted on wooden-panel, LED, Micro-controller. H: 40 x W: 40 x D: 1.5cm
Video documentation of the work:
6/2019, Video 11:28 minutes
This is the fifth project of Horizontal Arc series. This number V is about the Romanian Orthodox Christianity and antiquity. The location is Three Hierarch Monastery and Saint Nicholas Church, and in the video, I used my drawing of a halo of Byzantine revetment style that shows street signs of ‘Stop’ and ‘Walk’ in LED lights on its surface. It represents as a symbol of religion as the social structure and rules that decides directions for people. A nun in the orthodox robe carrying the halo implies feminism; walking from left to right, then right to left with a halo with street signs in front of a church is a gesture of a claim for equality between genders in the restricted Orthodox Christianity. Lighting up candles at night and extinguishing them in the morning suggests the player for the living and the death, or a representation of the cycle of life. Through this project, I tried to create works that can only be done in Romania with elements of specific locations, culture, society, religion and history.
2018-19, H: 20 x 24”/ H: 51 x W: 61cm, Graphite on paper, LED, Microcontroller
This Utopian community project took place in Columbia, Missouri from November to December 2018. I had several workshops with various groups of people while attending a residency program such as US Army veterans, home-schooled children, minority groups, etc… The doodles of those people in the local town altogether placed in a drawing, and created a notion of the area, Columbia, MO.
The 6 columns are the symbol of the Missouri State University, and the two bears represent as the Missouri state’s symbol.
Video of the project:
Utopian Blue Print – Community Drawing Project – Athens, Georgia2, 2018-19, H: 16 x 16”/ H: 40.5 x W: 40.5cm(both), Graphite on paper, LEDmatrix, Internet-microcontroller
This project is a part of the Utopian Blue Print – Community Drawing Project, which I started from Athens, Georgia. These two pieces are fitted with LED boards with internet conectivity. Audiences can access to a webform through their smartphone and send text messages, then their text messages directly appear on both drawings. The text message from audiences also become a part of the doodle images in the drawings. This work is an experiment of interactivity with visitors and how the project reflect and how the project look/become depends on the viewers’ participation. Every time the project look different depending on who participate and what community the works are in.
Video of the Project:
2018, graphite on paper, LEDs, Microcontroller, participants’ drawings, H: 23 x 18”/H: 58 x W: 46cm (central piece on the wall); H: 8 x 11” / H: 20 x W: 28cm and letter size (participants’ drawings)
The theme of this project is to create and observe Utopian World as my research project; the best memories and favourite things of people in each geographical location symbolize the general notion of identity and ideality, which show the question of what makes happy life for us? It is like a questionnaire of essential things we wish for a better society. For this project, I invited local people and children to a gallery space or visited their schools/institutions for one-hour drawing workshop, in which I asked them to draw their favourite memories and things in their lives. After that, I made drawings of the participants’ doodles re-visualized or reproduced on a mounted paper like collaging each individual’ s image with their stories edited with my interpretation.
I am interested in projects that can be both socially engaged during the making process and being a journal of actual voices when it becomes a finished piece of work. The work produced will be a visualization of a utopian blue print, from which we can see what kind of things we like, and these positive images create the perfect peaceful society – Utopia. The idea of “perfect dream and things” varies depending on the group of people, location and country due to the socio-cultural and political difference. It is interesting to see how the idea of Utopia differs in each geographical location, and when we gather up everyone’ s emages without considering the border, the universal perspective of Utopian society emerges.
During the workshop, people enjoyed drawing and also exchange their own stories, which they do not have opportunities to express, then they can see their participation in my finished projects. The objective of the act of asking people to participate in this project is not essentially about to teach new knowledge or skill but more likely to have them enjoy art as a communication tool to express their feelings and identities.
Picture: at Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Athens, GA. Participants in the gallery space and the installation view of the doodles of participants.
Video of the work:
Chernobyl Project Interview, 2018, video (color, sound, 23 minutes).
This works is about Chernobyl deserter in Ukraine. I stayed and visited in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, to research on Chernobyl Catastrophe. I interviewed with local people, whose family members involved in the incident, and conducted interviews with them. In the work. This video contains three people’s interview; a guy who went to Chernobyl zone with friends illegally and camped there, and a woman whose husband was a fire fighter who went to extinguish and help the nuclear explosion at the Chernobyl power plant, and a vocal of a common Ukrainian electronic band Onuka speaking about her own inspiration of their music. The video also contains some scenes of local people in Kramatorsk singing traditional Ukrainian folk songs during the festival day, which represent Ukrainian identity and spirit of people who live in the war conflict zone.
This video is still in progress, which later might be edited with further research and interview with people related to nuclear radiation issues such as Japan and other places as a long term research project.
This works is about Chernobyl deserter in Ukraine. I stayed and visited in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, to research on Chernobyl Catastrophe. I interviewed with local people, whose family members involved in the incident, and conducted interviews with them. In the work, there are two generations of Ukrainian men who involved with the catastrophe. In the front line are actual fire fighters who went to Chernobyl zone right after the explosion for helping the exploded nuclear plant in 1986. In the back are young Ukrainian guys who just went to Chernobyl exclusion zone illegally in the spring 2018 for curiosity and concern about the deserter happened in the past. By mixing two generations in front of the evacuated old town Privet in Chernobyl zone – the actual fire fighters and modern youth in the same picture, I depicted the Ukrainian identity that have been grown through the deserter generations to generation. The numbers that appear on the work are a counter that counts from 0 to 999 that represents life expectancy, which is affected by the radiation from the catastrophe. It symbolize that the health and environmental effects are huge issue in the country.