The Ways of Folding Space and Flying. A Project by Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho

In Featured Events / April 1, 2015

The Korean artistic duo Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho will present a new site-specific work in the Korean Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia from 9 May to 22 November 2015. Working in collaboration since 2009, the duo has developed a critically acclaimed body of work, including the film installation News from Nowhere, which was first shown at the dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel in 2012.

The Ways of Folding Space & Flying is a multi-channel film installation created by the Korean artistic duo Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho. The project explores an archaeological quest into human civilization that interweaves history with visions of the future as told through a future-retrospective narrative. It also alludes to the institutional structure and historic evolution of the Venice Biennale, the scale and influence of which have been acquired within a shifting socio-political landscape.

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, The Ways of Folding Space & Flying, 2015, HD Film Installation, 10’ 30” © the Artists. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.
MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, The Ways of Folding Space & Flying, 2015, HD Film Installation, 10’ 30” © the Artists. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.
MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, The Ways of Folding Space & Flying, 2015, HD Film Installation, 10’ 30” © the Artists. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.
MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, The Ways of Folding Space & Flying, 2015, HD Film Installation, 10’ 30” © the Artists. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.

The title of the project stems from the Korean words chukjibeop and bihaengsul. Originating from Taoist practice, chukjibeop means a hypothetical method of contracting physical distance. Bihaengsul refers to a supernatural power to levitate, fly and travel across time and space. They reflect the human desire to surpass the physical and perceived barriers and structures that bind us, despite the apparent absurdity of such imaginings. The project is part of an ongoing inquiry for the artists to make sense of what they perceive as a fundamental function of art in our increasingly uncertain and precarious environment.

Moon and Jeon’s previous projects, such as News from Nowhere (2012), focused on creating an interdisciplinary and transnational platform. This involved scholars and experts from various academic and professional fields, such as philosophy, science, film, design and architecture. The platform was intended to yield a concrete outcome: a film, publication or an archival exhibition that documented the collaborative process. Questions formed and considered through the platform were centred on the function and meaning of art, while acknowledging the constantly evolving nature of the topic. The past participants of the project include the architects Toyo Ito and MVRDV, composer Toshi Ichiyanagi, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, fashion designers Tsumura Kosuke and KUHO, film director Lee Changdong, and poet Ko Un among many others.

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, The Ways of Folding Space & Flying, 2015, HD Film Installation, 10’ 30” © the Artists. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.
MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, The Ways of Folding Space & Flying, 2015, HD Film Installation, 10’ 30” © the Artists. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.
MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, The Ways of Folding Space & Flying, 2015, HD Film Installation, 10’ 30” © the Artists. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.
MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, The Ways of Folding Space & Flying, 2015, HD Film Installation, 10’ 30” © the Artists. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.

Commissioner and Curator: Sook-Kyung Lee
Lives and works in London. Lee is currently Research Curator at Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific and the Curator of Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee at Tate. She was previously Exhibitions & Displays Curator at Tate Liverpool, where she curated a number of exhibitions including Nam June Paik and Doug Aitken.

Artists: MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho
Live and work in Seoul. Their collaborative works have been showcased at numerous international exhibitions and art festivals, including Kassel dOCUMENTA (13) (2012), Singapore Biennale (2013), and Fukuoka Triennale (2014). The duo also presented their projects at the Art Institute of Chicago (2013), Beirut Art Center (2013) and Tokyo Wonder Site (2013). Notable awards received include the Korea Artist Prize at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (2012) and the NOON Award at Gwangju Biennale (2012).

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, The Ways of Folding Space & Flying, 2015, HD Film Installation, 10’ 30” © the Artists. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.
MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, The Ways of Folding Space & Flying, 2015, HD Film Installation, 10’ 30” © the Artists. Used here by kind permission. All rights reserved.

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