YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES / Est. 1999, South Korea /  CRUCIFIED TVS – NOT A PRAYER IN HEAVEN (still) 2018 / Five-channel video installation: 16:9, 19:14 minutes, black and white, sound / © The artists / Image courtesy: The artists

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES
CRUCIFIED TVS – NOT A PRAYER IN HEAVEN 2018

Not Currently on Display

Mimicking the way that crucifixes are often suspended from church ceilings, CRUCIFIED TVS — NOT A PRAYER IN HEAVEN 2018 is installed high in an atrium space at an angle that faces down towards the viewers below. The repetition of text across five screens recalls a television news ticker repeating the same information over and over, or the cyclical feeds of online news reporting. The pronouns ‘I’, ‘YOU’ and ‘WE’ are on constant rotation onscreen, in response to the questions: Who causes fear? Who watches on? The work recounts the brutalities of doors being busted down and people being pushed into the street in their underwear, as neighbours watch on and ‘CRY OUT, KILL THE TRAITOR’, as the video declares. The violence of the text contrasts with the soundtrack, as if a disaster is being replayed on a television screen in an inner-city apartment, but the volume is muted as cocktail music plays.

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES is a collaboration between artist and translator Young-Hae Chang and poet Marc Voge. Best known for their text-based, satirical web videos set to funk, jazz and soul soundtracks, their works convey stories of contemporary paranoia. They also explore the contradictions of Korean life, from the north–south division to the influence of its famous corporations, such as Hyundai, LG and Samsung.

Contemporary context

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  • challenge ideas of the past?
  • use materials, technologies or approaches to affect the audience experience?
  • employ imagery and/or display techniques to challenge aesthetic traditions?
  • provoke discussion about twenty-first-century issues and concerns?

Personal context

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  • create sensory experiences to generate emotional responses from the viewer?
  • connect with the viewers’ experiences and/or expectations to construct meaning?

Cultural context

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  • respond to influences of art movements, styles and origins of time and place?

Formal context

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  • employ specific art elements and principles to communicate meaning?
  • communicate intentions using symbols, motifs or signs?
  • enhance the interpretation of the artwork through processes, materials and media?