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DEAR MUM_From up High to Far Away, on the Flat Between 0 and 1, video installation, 2019


Intallation View

20미터 남짓의 탑이있다. 10-15미터 거리를 두고 세워진 탑의 위에 사람의 신체를 연상케 하는 두 개의 팔이있다. 1791년 3월 2일 오전 11시에 Brulon 와 Parce의 약 16km 거리에서 si vous réussissez, vous serez bientôt couverts de gloire (당신이 성공한다면 나는 영광스럽게 느낄 겁니다.) 라는 문장을 보내는데 성공한다. 

현관문이 닫힌다. 높은 곳을 향하는 움직임은 방향성이 설정된 운동이다. 이동은 편집되어, 영상 속 여정이 된다. 지하철에서 버스로, 버스에서 다른 버스로. 이 수평적인 움직임은 ‘기술과 지식의 역사’에 아무런 저항력도 가지지 않은 것으로 보인다. 버스의 종착역에는 수직적 움직임을 위한 거대한 운송 기계가 있다. 이 기계를 지탱하는 강철밧줄은 시작 점과 끝점에 연결된 긴장에 의해 완만한 곡선을 그리며 봉우리로 이어져있다. 길게 이어진 강선 위로 거대한 몸뚱어리가 움직인다. 운동은 가속된다. 비교적 짧은 체감거리에도 불구하고 기계적 움직임은 수직적 이동과정을 손쉽게 생략한다. 운동은 가속된다. 달라진 기압과 온도에 집중하며 적절한 장소를 찾는다. 여기에서 적절한 장소란 다른 이에게 방해받지 않고 높은 공간적 특성을 유지하며, 인터넷을 사용할 수 있는 곳이다. 휴대폰을 열어 미리 휴대폰에 저장되어있던 데이터를 찾는다. 전송 버튼을 누르고 기다린다. 언어화 된 움직임은 데이터가 되어 높은 곳에서 평평한 곳을 통해 먼 곳으로 전송된다. 

본 작업은 독일에서 가장 높은 산인 Zugspitze에서 작가의 어머니에게 문자 메시지를 보내는 내용의 비디오이다. 작가는 일상적인 교통수단을 이용하여 목적지까지 이동하여 미리 촬영되어 있던 짧은 영상을 어머니에게 전송한다. 영상은 최초의 현대적 통신방식인 세마포어 Semaphore 신호체계를 바탕으로 만들어진 수기신호를 통해 ‘Dear Mum, you always wondered what I’m doing. Here is my art work. I’ll probably keep doing this.’라는 짧은 내용을 전달한다. 

A tower stands 20 meters high. Erected on top with a distance of 10-15 metres in between, are two indicators reminiscent of human arms. On 2 March, 1791, at 11:00 am, the sentence, "si vous réussissez, vous serez bientôt couverts de gloire" (if you succeed, I will feel glorious), was successfully sent between Brulon and Parce, about 16 kilometres apart. 

The front door closes. The upward motions are set directional movements. The movements are edited and become the journey of the video. From the subway to the bus, from one bus onto another. This horizontal movement appears to have no resistance to 'the history of technology and knowledge'. At the bus terminus is a gigantic transport machine for vertical movement. The steel wires that support this machine connect the tension between the start and end point of the journey with a gentle curve leading up to the mountain peak. The enormous body of the machine moves over the long extended steel wire. The movement accelerates. With a sense of speed to the top, the mechanical movement of the cable cart easily disregards the difficult vertical journey up the mountain. The movement accelerates. Concentrating on adapting to the change in atmospheric pressure and temperature at the mountaintop, the appropriate location is considered. The ideal location is where there would be no disturbance from others, with the possibility to utilise the height of the location and access the internet network. From the mobile phone, the previously saved data is searched for. The file is selected and the ‘send’ button is pressed. The linguistic form of gestures becomes data, transmitted from a high place on a flat, to a place far away.

This work is a video of the artist sending a text message to his mother from Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany. The artist reaches his destination through ordinary means of transport and transmits the previously recorded video to his mother. The work is based on the semaphore signal system, the first modern communication method. Using semaphore signals, the artist delivers the short message, "Dear Mum, you always wondered what I’m doing. Here is my art work. I’ll probably keep doing this."

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