Once reaching the Leeum Museum of Art in the hilly neighborhood of Hannam-dong, you will encounter a big silver tree. When confronting the Tall Tree and the Eye by Anish Kapoor, you will look forward to a new world awaiting. The exhibition's title, Worlding, sounds a bit over-the-top, but makes us wonder what's in store. Excited with anticipation, we step into the Black Box exhibition hall.
Appreciated as one of the most innovative artists using digital technology in artwork, Ian Cheng has long been exploring the nature of human consciousness through philosophical reasoning. In this exhibition, Cheng hurls the question, “If AI is superior over human beings, is there anything left for humans to do?”
Recently, the term “world view” has often emerged in different media channels. To some, the term may be a complicated topic, but this exhibition presents a world view as a game. Through the Emissaries Trilogy and BOB (Bag of Beliefs), which resembles a snake, Cheng seems to be stating that in this world, we are nothing but a “spectator” that witnesses only a fraction of an ever-repeating video game.
After watching a 45-minute animated video that runs every hour at ten minutes past the hour, visitors can explore the interactive world that Cheng realized in the video. We recommend you set enough time aside to enjoy the exhibition.
The line “complete your fate” repeatedly surfaces throughout the exhibition. What does it mean to complete something? It might be a good opportunity to think about the significance of life in spring, a time of the year when living creatures awaken, ready to thrive.
The Art Spectrum 2022, a joint exhibition of eight young Korean artists, is also open and running at the Leeum Museum of Art, a major art museum in Seoul. Don’t miss out on the exhibition of the promising young artists who will carry on the future of Korean art.