Transposition / Interlacing of the Poetic Code – Announcements
Artists: Musquiqui Chihying, Kate Cooper, COOL Magazine, Eusung Lee, Wunggyu Park
“Transposition” is a term borrowed from both music and genetics, where it refers to a state in which a certain boundary is crossed. It is also the title of a book from 2006, Transpositions: On nomadic ethics, by Rosi Braidotti, who emphasizes the possibilities of mobility and mutual reference. “Transposition” means a jump from one code, domain or axis to another code, domain or axis, creating complex and discrete changes by radical leaps, which result in rich modulations (in music) and mutations (in genetics). It has been used to emphasize the experience of creative ideas in the visual arts, which give rise to different ways of knowing.
In this exhibition, “transposition” is centered on the transpositional representation of the human and non-human body. He shares work that uses transposition methods to capture interpretations of the body with its features and limitations, trans-human metamorphosis into human bodies, and critical perspectives on the phenomena in which skin color or gender are used as a basis for discriminatory perception. Part of adopting the body as a key perspective is to bring renewed attention to issues of representation and recognition based on ethnicity and gender. But another factor that has amplified interest has been the physical vulnerability and interdependence of bodies revealed to us by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past three to four years, the Sonje Art Center has presented exhibitions such as The island of color blind (2019), Koki Tanaka: Vulnerable Histories (Un Road Movie) (2020), and Dust Clay Stone (2020), using images of ecological crisis and societal conflict to ask the question of how to live together. Rooted in a sense of concern about internal divisions in various categories that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, Transposition focuses on methods of practice in artistic form and content that relate to dominant value systems, including racism, gender discrimination, and the dogma of scientific reason.
Organized by Sonje Art Center
Organized by Haeju Kim (Deputy Director, Sonje Art Center)
Exhibition management by Hyo Gyoung Jeon (curator, Art Sonje Center)
Supported by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
In collaboration with Han Nefkens Foundation
Interweave the poetic code
Artists: Taeyoon Choi and his collaborators
Warp and weft, mesh and mesh, zero and one: the history of textiles and the code are intimately linked. Interweave the poetic code, held at the Art Sonje Center from October 14 to December 12, builds on a first exhibition of the same name held at the CHAT (Center for Heritage, Arts and Textile) in Hong Kong earlier this year, from May to August. Where the original exhibit focused on the interrelationship between textiles, code, and poetry, the Seoul exhibit expands its reach to include other considerations on technology, community, and the environment, using works by Taeyoon Choi, collaborations with other artists and material from various community projects to create a space that centers the concept and practice of care.
In the exhibition, Taeyoon Choi’s Handmade computer series uses the fundamentals of electronic circuits and binary systems to evolve our conception of the computer from a mass-produced industrial product to a tool of proactive, creative and individual expression. PROOF OF THE FUTURE, produced in collaboration with Berlin sound artist Christine Sun Kim, presents future technologies and ethical guidelines desired by the deaf community. An ongoing international collaboration that explores the idea of a local P2P (Peer to Peer) Web, Distributed care network conceptualizes the internet as a garden of imaginary lichen-like life forms, approaching the relationships between people, living things and non-living things from this perspective. Meanwhile, Choi’s interwoven paintings, drawings and writings serve as a kind of healing connective tissue.
In this exhibition, Choi refracts the interplay between coding, textiles and poetry through the prism of care, bringing everything into the realm of social practice. “Care” here is opposed to “cure” as modeled by the medical industrial complex. It is a mutually supportive ecosystem created through communication, contemplation, understanding, engagement, action and responsibility, an ecosystem that has primarily been shaped by people with disabilities, queer, BIPOC (black , indigenous, people of color), low income and undocumented. communities that cannot rely on the state for support. These discussions, in turn, lead to questions such as: How can technologies designed to control and regulate be transformed into positive technologies of care? How can we critically pursue the technologies needed to preserve the earth for future generations without relying on additional exploitation? And in this time of rapid change, how could we harness the essential role of coding in contemporary life to better weave past, present and future together? Interweave the poetic code invites visitors to a poetic experience of these and other questions, an opportunity to think and feel through a simultaneity of code and textile and care.
Interweave the poetic code presents the artistic collaboration of Taeyoon Choi and Allison Parrish, Cezar Mocan, Christine Sun Kim, Companion – Platform, Cori Kresge, Ebenezer School & Home for the Visually Impaired, Everest Pipkin, Filip Wolak, Jerron Herman, Jessica Lynne, Ji Hye Chung, Jonathan Dahan, Mark Allen, Minhwi Lee, Nick Montfort, Sub9, Ye Seom Ahn, Yehwan Song and more. Interweave the poetic code in Seoul is directed by Takahashi Mizuki, Haeju Kim, Jaemin Shin, Yena Yoo, Yujin Jeong, Maya West, Bohyun Jung, Ikkyun Shin, Small Studio Semi, Soyoung Lee and more.
Co-organized by Sonje Art Center, CHAT (Heritage, Arts and Textile Center)
Supported by Korea Arts Council