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Weakforce is produced by the International collaborative team UFT uft-gravity.com
Lee Ihnbum (Korea), Suh YongSun (Korea), Andy Thomson (NZ), Paul Cullen (NZ), Matthew Sansom (UK), Bruce Barber (Canada), Kim Morgan (Canada), Laresa Kosloff (AUS)
18th May - 31st May 2013

WeakForce3 at Zero Gallery in May 2013 @ Sangmyung University Seoul South Korea. It took place next to a massive building project on the side of the mountain that the University is sited on. Where drilling, explosions and pile driving was taking place 9am-5pm 7days a week. We had intended to develop a subtle work following on from WeakForce3 in Surrey, but because of this unforeheard situation we decided to record the field and take it into the gallery overlaying what was already happening. Once in the gallery it was played through two large speakers on tripods, with no attempt to arrange/tape down any cabling or to disguise any of the sound system, amplifier, computer etc. It was just all there raw, as was the high volume, high fidelity sound (regulating the volume was tricky as at first it seemed low volume suited the natural invasion of sound and vibration from outside) but it became too difficult for the listener to distinguish the recorded sound from the real, and then for us to increase the volume of this introduced sound incrementally, became a facile process of oral trickery. We realized that the sound, its rhythms and structure, were revealed more lucidly to the listener by it becoming something that drowned out the external quotidian, thus bringing it to the interlocutor’s memory through contrast and context. This high fidelity recorded sound was accompanied by text (white on white) in contemporary Korean and Mandarin text (which is historically, the text of choice for the academic and intellectual in Korea) on the walls and floor. All texts referring to sound either metaphorically, metonymically or literally. Suh Yongsun performed a text work on the floor, which discussed sound in the context of Confucian philosophy. The interlocutors where given the opportunity to switch the sound off or on if they noticed a foot pedal placed centrally in the space/field.

Photographs by Park SoonHong