08 Sep 2021

Yiyun Kang aims for a ‘productive pause' with her latest exh..

It seems natural that humans, mortal beings with many limits, are born to yearn for infinity. But that’s not true, according to the London-based Korean artist Yiyun Kang, 38, who is presenting a pair of spectacular media art works respectively titled “Infinite” and “Finite” as part of her solo show at PKM Gallery in central Seoul. “Ancient Greek philosophers thought the infinite is inferior to the finite, because the infinite has no completion,” the artist told the Korea JoongAng Daily at the gallery. It is said that supporters of Pythagoras believed in two basic cosmological principles, Peras (the finite) and Apeiron (the infinite), while equating the former with goodness and the latter with badness. Plato was also influenced by the idea. “However, later, people began to link the infinite to divinity, in particular, with the emergence of Christianity,” she continued. “And as humankind pursued linear growth and development, people became possessed by the desire for infinity. The digital era encouraged the illusion that infinite quantitative and material expansion is possible.” The title of her solo exhibition is “Anthropause.” The term, coined by a team of biologists from various countries in June, 2020, refers to a drastic reduction in human travel and other activities that occurred during the early phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. “With my works, I aim to transform this unexpected pause into a ‘productive pause,’ by reflecting on human's desire for and illusion of infinity,” Kang said.

by MOON SO-YOUNG
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