MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho in collaboration with Urban-Think Tank: «News from Nowhere: Zurich Laboratory»

 

The Korean artists MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho create works that address elemental questions concerning contemporary civilization in light of political, socioeconomic, and ecological changes. The exhibition project News from Nowhere, which they jointly initiated in 2012, is premised on a post-apocalyptic scenario: humanity has been wiped out almost entirely and is forced to reconsider long-held convictions that may no longer be tenable. The project is designed as a steadily evolving ensemble; earlier iterations were presented in Kassel (documenta 13) and Chicago. For their exhibition in Zurich, MOON & JEON collaborate with the team of Urban-Think Tank (ETH Zurich), a leading think tank for urban design and sustainable and social architecture. With the artists, they developed the idea of a mobile agora that also underlies the exhibition architecture. The design is based on the agora of classical antiquity, which was not only an important place of assembly, but also served to constitute community and identity. Movable tribunes for the spectators transform the gallery space into a scene of interaction. A wheeled instrument based on a bicycle was developed in collaboration with sound artists. It recorded and processed sounds and pictures of the city of Zurich and extends the installation beyond the museum’s walls, connecting Zurich to cities around the world. Other partners in the exhibition and its engagement with questions of space are the Future Cities Laboratory and the Chair of Information Architecture at ETH Zurich, where scientists trained in arange of disciplines study ways to secure a sustainable future for cities. In 2014, they launched an online seminar ("Massive Open Online Course"), that is freely accessible at no charge; its purpose is to share and discuss the researchers' findings with interested students worldwide.

Exhibition view, MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho in collaboration with Urban-Think Tank: «News from Nowhere: Zurich Laboratory», photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

With generous support from the Korea Foundation Culture and Arts Support Program (2015)

List of works

Future Cities Laboratory/Lehrstuhl für Informationsarchitektur, ETH Zürich (Gerhard Schmitt, Lukas Treyer, Danielle Griego, Denise Weber, Artem Chirkin, Estefania Tapias): Teaching the Unknown

Future Cities Laboratory/Lehrstuhl für Informationsarchitektur, ETH Zürich (Gerhard Schmitt, Lukas Treyer, Danielle Griego, Denise Weber, Artem Chirkin, Estefania Tapias)

Teaching the Unknown
2015
Table, wheels, cabel, Intel® NUC processor, touchscreen, application software
86 x 130 x 85 cm

Toyo Ito: 'Home-for-All' in Rikuzentakata

Toyo Ito

'Home-for-All' in Rikuzentakata
2012
Single-channel video on monitor (color, no sound)
10:9 min.

JUNG Kuho: A = √3/2 d^2≃0.866025404d^2

JUNG Kuho In cooperation with MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho

A = √3/2 d^2≃0.866025404d^2
2013
Silk organza, silicon
3 parts: 1 part 150 x 46 x 20 cm, 1 part 80 x 34 x 24 cm, 1 part 80 x 30 x 25 cm

JUNG Kuho: A = √3/2 d^2≃0.866025404d^2

JUNG Kuho

A = √3/2 d^2≃0.866025404d^2
2013
1-Kanal Video auf Monitor (Farbe, ohne Ton)
2:28 min.

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho: Avyakta

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho

Avyakta
2012
2-channel video projection (HD, color, sound)
17:56 min.

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho: El Fin del Mundo

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho

El Fin del Mundo
2012
2-channel video projektion (HD,color, sound)
13:35 min.

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho: I City / We City

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho In cooperation with MVRDV and The Why Factory

I City / We City
2012
Single-channel video on monitor (HD, color, sound)
8:22 min.

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho: Shenu: Hydrolemic System

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho In cooperation with takram design engineering

Shenu: Hydrolemic System
2012
Aluminum, resin, plastic, porcelain, foam cushion, foam, titanium
Dimension variable

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho: movie

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho In cooperation with takram design engineering

movie
2012
1-Kanal Video auf Monitor (Farbe, ohne Ton)
7:29 min.

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho in collaboration with Urban-Think Tank (ETH Zürich): Mothership

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho in collaboration with Urban-Think Tank (ETH Zürich)

Mothership
2015
Bicycle, umbrella, monitor, battery, projector, amplifier, fluorescent tubes, cabel, curtain, Velcro fastener, aluminum, wood
255 x 82 x 360 cm

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho in collaboration with Urban-Think Tank (ETH Zürich): Remix Agora

MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho in collaboration with Urban-Think Tank (ETH Zürich)

Remix Agora
2015
Aluminum, wood, wheels
3 parts: each 181 x 340 x 425 cm

Urban-Think Tank (ETH Zürich): Mobile Agora (La continuación del mundo)

Urban-Think Tank (ETH Zürich)

Mobile Agora (La continuación del mundo)
2015
1-canal video on monitor (color, sound)
4:30 min.

Urban-Think Tank (ETH Zürich): Remix Agora

Urban-Think Tank (ETH Zürich)

Remix Agora
2015
Single-channel video projection (color, sound)
4:0 min.

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