'Zip' (Seoul Jamsil Study)
on view @Printed Matter, McNally Jackson, and Draw Down
“A pit pops up in my book Zip and begins its own journey through the pages.”
The title Jamsel.zip is a combination of two words. Jamsil is a name of a city in Seoul, South Korea, where I grew up, and Zip refers to a type of archive file format that is used to compress data. I used visual images from various online sources and composed these "found images” into multiple, strip-like sequences, formatting a narrative. In this manner, the book serves as an archive that compresses the story of life in Seoul as well as being a critique of urban development.
The presentation of my work builds upon an iconic interaction with the viewers, allowing them to experience the contents by touching and looking at its physical form and encourages the viewer to further transform the object through direct engagement.
The applied concept of my book is to study a trajectory of a sinkhole that opens onto a island landfill. Punching holes into the book makes the image blurry, abstract and destructive while simultaneously making a collection of new images from the cut pieces.
By subverting the traditional gallery experience where artwork is appreciated only by looking at the art piece, my work asks viewers not only to get into close contact with the work, but to interact and communicate with it.