Between visits to SE8 this week I’ve been working on a text for the catalogue of 2,3, a new conceptual performance by South Korean artist Sora Kim. The performance took place at 11pm BST on Sunday 13th September, and involved 14 performers in different locations worldwide enacting a score written by Kim. I’m one of five writers invited to document their experience of the performance, alongside Kai Van Eikels, Binna Choi, Lucas W. Melkane, and Ellen Mara De Wachter. Our texts will appear in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition, which opens on Monday 12 October. Further details here and below.
Sora Kim’s exhibition 2,3 at the Korean Cultural Centre UK is the first London solo exhibition of the acclaimed South Korean artist and marks Kim’s nomination as ‘2015 Artist of the Year’.
The exhibition centres on the project 2,3, a new conceptual performance created specifically for the show; exploring notions of togetherness and visibility, the work questions the basic conventions of performance. Challenging convention and investigating our relationships with one another are hallmarks of Kim’s practice and have established her as one of the key Korean artists of her generation.
Taking place at precisely 11pm (BST) on Sunday 13 September, 2,3 involved 15 performers who enacted a score written by Kim (download score here). They performed simultaneously, wherever they were at that particular moment – from Belgrade to Mexico City, from London to Seoul. They were accompanied by an audience consisting of any person who shared that particular moment with the artist and performers; with a copy of the score and the names of the performers and their locations, the audience could enjoy the performance as it came into being in their imagination.
In this exhibition Kim presents the videos and sound recordings as a time-based installation, creating a new dimension to the performance. Under different spatial and temporal conditions, the installation allows visitors to create their own experience of the performance that took place on 13 September.
Participating artists: Eunji Cho, Adrian Heathfield, Chosil Kil, Okkyung Lee, Wah Nu, Christian Nyampeta, Minhee Park, Sarah Pierce, Eugenio Polgovsky, Dragan Protic & Djordje Balmazovic (Škart), Linda Reinered, Jan Ritsema, Samon Takahashi, Simon Whetham, Jang Young-gyu.
Five writers were invited to document their experience of the performance: Kai Van Eikels, Binna Choi, Lucas W. Melkane, Tamarin Norwood, Ellen Mara De Wachter. Their texts will appear in the catalogue accompanying this exhibition.
Sora Kim, 2,3
Korean Cultural Centre UK, London
Monday 12 October 2015, 6-8pm