Heecheon Kim: Double Poser
1 Dec 2023 – 7 Jan 2024
HENI Project Space, Hayward Gallery
Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Kim’s work conflates virtual and physical realms, embracing yet questioning our obsession and trust in advanced technologies.
In his video works, Kim manipulates both filmed and found footage to challenge our habitual manner of processing visual and sensory information. They consider how our bodies, memories, emotions, identities, physical experiences and the banality of daily life are constructed and represented in digital space.
Using technologies such as GPS, augmented reality, virtual reality and face-swap applications, the artist creates ambiguous and, at times, decidedly nonsensical narratives.
This exhibition includes a new moving image commission created using a ‘game engine’, which is a software platform for developing video games. It takes inspiration from the brutalist architecture of the Hayward Gallery and brings together elements of computer-generated imagery, video game aesthetics and skateboarding culture.
You can also see Kim’s 2019 video work Deep in the Forking Tanks at this exhibition.
Heecheon Kim lives and works in Seoul. He was awarded the 2023 Hermès Foundation Missulsang Art Prize.
Developed in collaboration with Seoul’s Art Sonje Center, this exhibition is part of Korean Season 2023. Korean Season 2023 is hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Korea) and organised by KOFICE (Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange) and KCCUK (Korean Cultural Centre UK).
Heecheon Kim (b. 1989) graduated from the architecture department of the Korea National University of Arts. He has held solo exhibitions at the Asian Art Museum (2018, San Francisco) and Doosan Art Center (2017, Seoul) and taken part in numerous group exhibitions at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (2019, Seoul), İstanbul Museum of Modern Art (2017, İstanbul), ZKM (2019, Karlsruhe), and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (2019, Manila).
LINK: Heecheon Kim