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borderline experience, civilisation, contrast
Performing Arts (installation)
Asia, Eastern
Korea, South (Republic of Korea)
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Gimhongsok is an artist, coordinator and entertainer from Korea.


Igloo in Japanese summer

Gimhongsok is a Korean installation artist, co-ordinator and entertainer. His works has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale.
Gimhongsok organizes his artwork into a variety of roles - that of the artist, the co-ordinator and entertainer. Past works in Germany and Korea include exhibitions dealing with fashion, cooking and entertaining - always with a twist.

In the installation ´The Magic Sword of MMCCDXCVII´, the viewer is given a strange tale of two siblings raised by two different fathers. The surrealistic story is presented in dual formats; one in text on brilliantly coloured, carefully arranged signs and the other in audio format.

As the viewer moves around the room and between the acoustically different pillars, one covered in foam, the other in hard wood, the sound source changes as if the people speaking are also moving in the space.

A further disorientation is created as the viewer struggles with the different rate of accessing the same story in the printed text.

In another installation Gimhongsok and the Korean artists Kim Sora have likened a dome of electronic appliances (Electric.igloo) to an Inuit igloo (a dome of ice).

Visitors will be able to see a range of contrasting examples such as an igloo, normally only found in extremely cold climates, in the Japanese summer, and electronic appliances, normally used inside the home, attached to the exterior of the igloo.

However, each of these possesses the impermanence of temporary housing, and visitors will also be able to sense the interesting link that exists between contemporary urban life and the life of the Inuit.
Author: Karin Bergquist


Born in Seoul in 1964, Gimhongsok graduated with a B.F.A. from the Seoul National University.


´The Magic Sword of MMCCDXCVII´

Exhibition / Installation,


This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the partner institutions.

Images of Asia

(08 August 03 - 26 September 03)