Lee Ji Sun’s art life of research, ‘About the video’ 비디오, 실제와 허구가 만나다

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Imgaes by Lee Ji Sun

Calm like the mirror, a reflection appears in the surface of the water. Charmed by the reflected image of himself, Narcissus drowns, attempting to approach closer to his own beauty.
The term from Latin ‘videre (to see)’, the video was born with moving images on the monitor screen of which the inside is hidden like the reflection of Narcissus in the deep and mysterious water well. Going further with photography capturing the instant to write on a plane with lights, the video stretches, pulls and cuts out the time. Then it writes sequential images on a timeline distinguished from the general time world, in a frame, an entrance to the multidimensional world.


Installation view of exhibition – Bill Viola at Grand Palais de Paris, 2014 – image source : photo by LEE Ji Sun

Measuring from a little finger to an immense wall or more, different sized screens are filled of tiny dots. In every moment, dots change colors and clothes in mass to draw various human faces or to represent the boundless universe.
Inside the rectangular frame box, the world too small to perceive spreads itself in front of the eyes, landscapes out of sight range gets together in a scene, and blurred images only seen in the dreams refine the contours. Two dimensional images takes the volume dancing in the place where imagination and illusion meet.


Vue(Video exerpt, 2010) – image source : LEE Ji Sun

Thus, the real and the virtual melt down in the frame and get tangled together. Video carries the time-space which existed or never existed before in its mold. The space of the video is first based on the light rectangular frame, which is lit each time in different formats, sharpness, contrast, or saturation.
The visible movement on the screen sends us to imaginable off-field scenes that are not present in the field. This space is thus that of the imagination, a virtual world which doesn’t exist without mechanical operation, the scene where dreams of those we remember and forget appear.


Installation view of exhibition : Ulla Von Brandenburg, 24 Filme, Kein Schnitt, at MAMCO Genève, 2014 – image source : photo by LEE Ji Sun

Separated from the general tempo, the time of the video passed in its own rhythm from the beginning to the end. Meanwhile, its own life is created, shown, gets started and ends but also repeats again and again. Images and sounds registered or composed in the past are represented by the mechanic in the present and play the same story with endless repetition.


Global Groove (Video exerpt, 1973) – Paik Nam Jun – image source : www.youtube.com

After a fascinating moment which grabbed eyes and ears of the spectator, the fantasy world shuts down once the power button is pressed. Main characters and all backgrounds disappear in the silent darkness leaving a short afterimage.
The video, existing in the eternal time circulation while the power is on, falls into a deep sleep with the extinction of the mechanism. In an uncertain moment where it turns on back, the video rolls out its fantasy once again, ignoring the absent duration.


Solar Breath(Installation view, 2002) – Michael Snow – image source : www.secession.at

Fat body of the monitor gets thinner and its images get more and more similar to the world of reality. The video passing through the frame which contains and combines chosen real and virtual time-spaces, is an object, a piece of life, another temporal and spatial world.




SONY DSCContributor, Lee Ji Sun

Lee Ji Sun is a young Korean artist, who does activity in Paris, France. CultureM Magazine releases her art works images by drawing, writing, video, photograph in every month. http://leejisun.blogspot.kr/

이지선은 프랑스 파리를 중심으로 유럽에서 활동하는 젊은 한국여성작가이다. 회화, 비디오, 사진, 글 등의 다양한 매체로 작품활동을 하고 있는 그녀의 이야기를 컬쳐엠이 소개한다. http://leejisun.blogspot.kr/

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