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UNFULFILLED DESIRES_installation view

21 min, two synchronized HD video installation with 2 HD projectors and 2 Brightsigns.
Unfulfilled Desires(solo exhibition), Cyartspace, Seoul, South Korea.

Unfulfilled Desires is a video installation composed of two synchronized high-definition videos titled Unfulfilled Desire I_idiosyncrasy and Unfulfilled Desire II_blindness. The installation captures 'hyper-details' of a tongue performing a pair of tasks: consuming a lollipop with a repetitive licking action, and consuming an unending stream of honey dripping from a sword. Both repetitive tasks represent boundless acts of consumption. By juxtaposing of these two different means of fulfilling desire, it becomes clear that desire will not be fulfilled upon the completion of a task (the case of Unfulfilled Desire I_idiosyncrasy); nor will desire be satiated through infinite supply (in the case of Unfulfilled Desire II_blindness).
UNFULFILLED DESIRE I_idiosyncrasy
21 min, synchronized HD video, 2013
In Unfulfilled Desire I_ idiosyncrasy, the saturated blue of the face, the tongue, and the lollipop provides artificial pleasure, implicating the viewer in a voyeuristic act of fantasy. The seemingly disembodied tongue licks a blue lollipop until the candy is completely dissolved. This performance emphasizes the physical process of the transformation of the lollipop; it becomes a warm and sticky syrup when mixed with saliva. The work contrasts the sweet pleasure of desire – with its attendant, constant hope of satisfaction – with the fatigue induced by the repetitive action required by the tongue.
UNFULFILLED DESIRE II_blindness
21 min, synchronized HD video, 2013
In Unfulfilled Desire II_blindness, honey dripping from a sword becomes an object designed to attract the tongue, similar to the way a flower is engineered to attract bees. Here, the color red communicates desire as an intense and reckless force, a force that knows danger, yet persists in tempting fate. In the process of producing the film, the taste of the honey kept changing – moving from pleasantly sweet, to saccharine, to almost bitter. My tongue became insensitive, not only to the sweet taste, but also to the danger of the sword. In the final work, the contrast between the strong and sharp steel of the sword and the soft and vulnerable muscle of the tongue heightens the tension behind the ideas of blind desire and dangerous pleasure.