National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens
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YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, CLOSE YOUR EYES

17/12/2008 - 01/03/2009

ATHENS CONSERVATOIRE

Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries

Close your Eyes

Athens Conservatoire

17/12/2008 – 01/03/2009

Curated By: Anna Kafetsi

Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries is the name of the artistic collaboration comprised of Young-hae Chang and Marc Voge, who are based in Seoul. Their work is realized on the internet and has garnered international acclaim as one of the most notable examples of net art.
Their works has been exhibited in numerous museums worldwide, including the Whitney (New York City), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Getty (Los Angeles), the Tate (London), the Pompidou (Paris) as well as at the Venice, São Paulo, and Istanbul Biennials. Last year, YHCHI presented its first international solo show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.
It is the first time that their work is being presented in Greece at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens. Poetic, ironic, imaginative narratives and stories presented as text, using Flash animation, accompanied by jazz music or electronic sounds, move in between poetry and prose, abolish the boundaries between viewing and reading, intersect art, literature and cinema, “high” and “low” culture.
A new digital hybrid literature in many languages concurrently, which practices criticism to political-social realities, local/universal identities and ideologies, and which we are invited to explore in the museum galleries as Flash animation installations, as well as on screen, using a web browser. The exhibition title is borrowed from the first part of the new three-part installation Close Your Eyes, commissioned by the museum and presented, along with three more works in real space, in parallel to the YHCHI homepage ( http://www.yhchang.com) in the media lounge, where visitors can see the complete works of the artists.

Anna Kafetsi

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Net art, as this new flowing, heterogeneous, anything but systematic web-based artistic activity has come to be called, has, already in the 1990s, revealed some of the most interesting works of contemporary art and also the internet itself as a necessary condition for viewing/experiencing/interactively receiving art in the digital era.
This artistic phenomenon, along with the discourse that emerges – on and offline – around it, occasioned by exhibitions, theoretical publications, magazine specials, or panel discussions, university courses and blogs, brings museums and the museum culture in front of new challenges and opportunities in every field, especially those of collection and exhibition.
In the framework of an ongoing research and collection project, which began with the online exhibition e-critures (http://www.emst.gr/ecritures/), EMST aims to present important works and artists who are active on the internet in order to provide the audience with opportunities to become acquainted with and to enjoy new media, experimental forms and new aesthetic experiences. The beginning of solo exhibitions is being made today, with the Seoul-based art collective Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries, whose work has already garnered international acclaim as one of the most notable examples of net art.
Poetic, ironic, imaginative narratives and stories presented as text, using Flash animation, accompanied by jazz music or electronic sounds, move in between poetry and prose, abolish the boundaries between viewing and reading, intersect art, literature and cinema, “high” and “low” culture.
A new digital hybrid literature in many languages concurrently, which practices criticism to political-social realities, local/universal identities and ideologies, and which we are invited to explore in the museum galleries as Flash animation installations, as well as on screen, using a web browser. The exhibition title is borrowed from the first part of the new three-part installation Close Your Eyes, commissioned by the museum and presented, along with three more works in real space, in parallel to the YHCHI homepage ( http://www.yhchang.com) in the media lounge, where visitors can see the complete works of the artists.

Anna Kafetsi

CATALOG

Coordinator: Elisabeth Ioannides
Texts: Anna Kafetsi, Jessica Pressman, Mark Tribe
22 X 16.5cm, Athens 2008
Bilingual (Greek / English)
With texts and reproductions of the works
ISBN 978-960-8349-33-9
Available for sale: price 10 euro

 

Photo: THE ART OF SLEEP, 2006
Flash animation
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