Week 2 & 3
Donald Moffett, Homo Senses, 1989
I am not too good with prose, but still I have to give this a trial I suppose.
These two weeks, I have been thinking about what can be shown and cannot be shown to the public. Where the censorship starts and where it ends..
As though an artist sounds like someone who has all the freedom in the world, even the arts are expected to be limited by the morale of the society. With the excuse that the society is traumatized by the visibility of 'explicit' minorities which are already traumatized by the morale codes.
How queer content is offensive for straight people..
But still, as queer theory suggests, we need to be seen, the private should melt into thew public and become visible. That's why we need to find ways to hack whatever the morale offers us. I think that's also why this work is challenging but also important for me, not only as an artist, but also as someone who knows what being oppressed and traumatized is by that very public.
That's why I am or we are, with the people in Nabi, are thinking of ways of showing content which is found explicit by the public in a corporate building as the headquarters of SK Telecom. And I think that is why it is more important than showing it in an ordinary museum.
I have been also thinking about this, regarding the Krzysztof Wodiczko exhibition at the MMCA, which is sincere, emotional and very brave at the same time. Wodiczko's art tells that the ones which are oppressed should be heard, so the majority can see that they are not the ones traumatized, but rather they are the ones traumatizing..
Krzysztof Wodiczko, Krakow Projection, City Hall Tower, 1996
On another note, I had a meeting in Art Center Sonje with Sunjung Kim, it was great that she found time to listen to what I am doing. I have seen a performance of Zebra Katz, very dark but mesmerizing. I have been to the opening of Asian Diva: The Muse and The Monster and the chance to have a tour from a great guide, which was very enlightening about how Asia sees gender and sexuality.
I believe that's all for now, next week will be more production.