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Ayoung Kim

Porosity Valley, Portable Holes

Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 21:20 | Coree du Sud, Australie | 2017

Petra Genetrix, who lives in the imaginary space “Porosity Valley”, is a composition of minerals living in a gigantic and bizarre-looking rock crystal protruding from the rock face. As people - fascinated or overwhelmed by its bizarre figure - often visit Petra Genetrix to purify their thoughts, over the years Petra has developed into a kind of pseudo-mythical being, regardless of its own will. One day Petra faces a situation in which it must attempt to migrate to another rock platform due to an explosion that occurred in Porosity Valley. In the process, as a would-be migrant, Petra faces various realistic problems unimaginable for a divine being. It is subject to an interview to confirm that it is a being appropriate for migration, and placed in quarantine for 40 days to rule out the possibility it is carrying any viruses that may pose a threat to the new platform. Later, it is presented with the opinion that Porosity Valley could be duplicated, as Petra’s mythological function has been found by the Immigration Data Center to be favorable to humans…

Ayoung Kim applies remote imagination and speculation in order to reflect the incoherent and anomalous properties of life and of the world. By acquiring fictional narrative devices and rhetoric, Ayoung Kim evokes unfamiliar forms of reading, listening and thinking of the conditions of the world by focusing on unlikely encounters of ideas. Recently, Ayoung Kim has been endeavoring to graft and collide the fictional and the historical together through distorting reality via the tool of “histofuturism”. In terms of the context of the works, they often deal with the issues and notions of crossings, transnational activities, transpositions, transmissions, and the altering and changing of platforms. The subjects of those movements are either humans or non-humans, such as minerals or data particles. Ayoung Kim had solo shows at Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul (2018); Melbourne Festival, Melbourne (2017); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016) and created a performance piece at the national opera house in Paris, Palais Garnier (2016). Group shows and performance events include Sharjah Film Platform, Sharjah (2019); Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2018); Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus (2018); MMCA, Seoul (2018); the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (2015), among others.