Perfect Midnight

9월 1, 2011 at 8:51 오전 ,
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Photo by Adam Lofbohm

This piece was performed on August 5, 2011 at Golmok Gallery in Seoul, Korea. The artist began the performance with her eyes closed, carrying a stack of 12 plates. She slowly wandered the space until she hit a wall, when her eyes opened. She set down the 12 plates, forming a negative circle, making crying baby sounds. Her sounds aged slightly into gurgling babbles as she crawled around the circle of plates. Then she began to walk on the plates, making a variety of human noises, the sounds of laughing, sobbing, moaning, screaming, etc.. She continued to walk on the plates, gradually increasing speed, until the centrifugal force propelled her off the circular path of plates. After a tense pause, she proceeded to break all 12 plates. Then on her hands and knees, she gathered the broken shards. As the sounds of her breaths evolved into geriatric gasps, she formed a positive circle by bringing together the pieces of plates. She slowly stood, stepping onto the circle created and returning to silence, closed her eyes.

This piece is a meditation on the process of a daily life, what we experience as the days collect into a life. We come from the unknown, a stillness, possibly the void, into a sense of existence, growing, learning and feeling. But at times, what was new turns old, something loved turns to loss. The weighty expectations of our environment can make hazy, or even discourage, the dreams of our selves, our lives becoming a residue that seems less a pretty patina, but rather, an unsatisfactory grime. But sometimes, grime is a gift. Sometimes you have to be neck-deep in grime before you realize you don’t want to be there anymore. Then everything can break. And although the violence, the noise, the chaos of the breaking, the breaking of the things as they were, can be frightening, it is also a great release. Through the destruction of a certain pattern and limited assumptions, new room is created for the continuation of life, repeating endlessly, cycle after cycle.

Video By Rudy Lee (if you know more about Rudy Lee check out his interview with CultureM )

About Jane Rhyu
Jane Rhyu was born in Seoul, Korea in 1980, and immigrated to the United States in 1988. She received degrees in Drama and Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis. Her artistic practice draws from her experience of life, reflecting upon the cycles of time, the fluidity of identity, and the rituals in the routine. She works in a variety of media, including sound, film, theater, painting, installation, and performance. She is currently based in Seoul, Korea.


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