Lee Ji Sun’s art life of research, ‘About the virtual’ 가상에 관하여

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Images by Lee Ji Sun


Lens(Video excerpt, 2011) – LEE Ji Sun, Image source : LEE Ji Sun

The floor I was standing on rises and the moon gets multiplied in two up in the sky. A boy flies by a fragile broomstick, and a girl talks with plants and animals in human language. Imaginary life only seen in the dream is described in words and shown in images, then it is now fully represented in front of the eyes.

Fairytales and stories of the gods told from ears to mouth since long ago have continued by generations through spoken and written words and wear visual shapes to be recorded. Fictional objects engraved on the rigid wall and stone make dreamlike movements in front of us. On a small and deep scene called the frame, uncountable signals composed in 0 and 1 pass instantly to make familiar figures on the surface with echoing sounds.


No Storyboard(Ink, watercolor, collage on paper, 2014) – LEE Ji Sun, Image source : LEE Ji Sun

Just like unfamiliar voice of my own recorded in the machine and resounding from the speakers, the image of myself seen in the screen appears so fictional. While it resembles what I’ve always found in the mirror, it seems just so different. Reproduced images sometimes have more powerful and precise energy rather than just recopying the same thing. Not a lie or pure fiction, but a potential world of virtual opens new horizons to the life of the real.


The Matrix(Film excerpt, 1999) – The Wachowskis, Image source : matrix.wikia.com

Screen where a number of virtual worlds pass bring what the owner wants to see just by a single finger gesture in front of the eyes. The world of real gets more and more screens everywhere the finger reaches. People imagine the others’ laughter in onomatopoeic messages sent from somewhere else, read their faces in a series of emoticons, universal wordless expression mediators. Regardless of different languages, simple signs that everyone shares become eyes, smiles and tears to be transmitted.


The False Mirror(Peinture, 1928) – René Magritte, Image source : wikiart.org

Things actually touchable and worlds artificially created have a meticulous relation today, which doesn’t distinguish the real from the unreal anymore and makes a combined world itself. We perceive, feel and memorize things passing through the screen as we do in front of the picture drawn with graphite. Furthermore, as we locate ourselves in a landscape full of trees and buildings, we find our existence in this ephemeral but everlasting ground of the virtual full of signals and codes.


TV Buddha(Installtion view, 1974) – Paik Nam June, Image source : hyperallergic.tumblr.com

There we are inside. Reuniting separated body and mind, consciousness collaborates with unconsciousness and accidents meet destinies. Inside, we receive endless new arrivals based in variable cultures and thoughts and get used to them through generations. A unit life of both true and fake is built by them and the real keeps the closest relation with the imaginary to constitute the present connecting the past and the future.



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://artleejisun.com/

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

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