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Yuun Kim & Chris. Dugrenier Artistic Research Exchange…


A CONVERSATION…

Started in response to a group discussion title ‘Defragmentation/Disruption of Politics & Ideology/De-linking from Structural Thinking‘… that neither of us quite understood…

Yuun is in South Korea, Chris. is in London… have time difference of 8 hours (Korea is ahead of London) which would be a spring board for our attempt to deconstruct the meaning of this title.

Specially, during this unique time on pandemic, we agreed, ‘Time evaporated…’.

Time controls us… Time is still going… dormant… Human control, set, define Time… There are so many ways Time is defined: seconds, days, months, seasons, biological, historical, archeological… Memories… How is time passing? How do you feel time? How to capture something that disappears?


3 DAYS OF CRYING…

I learnt from Yuun of a Korean tradition (Korean character) translating as ‘3 days of crying…’

So we talked about beliefs and traditions as links to the past… And we wondered how do we know the things we know, and how do we learn the things we know? We thought that this distinction between ‘knowing‘ and ‘learning‘ was important in our search to understand ‘De-linking from Structural Thinking’…

Yuun does not know where the tradition comes from, how it came about, but she remembers…

Writing about “3 days of crying” from memories 

I almost forgot it…

First day of death, I saw my fathers crying first time and my mothers too.
I could remember my mothers tear. Everyone looked sad and quiet.
The new death.

Second day of death, now they cried only sometimes, i guess, three times of a day. Morning, Afternoon, and night. They had to cry three times a day for the death. Now they didn’t tear but just cried and still sad.

Third day of death, they cried still three times a day. Only sound of sad was remaining. They made a sound for the death. The ears of death were listening. This was the last thing that the death could do before real death, they believed.

Only the sound was remaining behind of the death or behind of their belief.

It could be same with fake perfume, fake tear, fake feeling of sad.

And I imagined a possible origin:

‘… clothes have a present use, a historical origin and a special symbolism…’.                      From ‘The importance of wearing clothes’ by Lawrence Langner

‘I would argue that Rituals are like clothes…’                                                                                          The Author

3 days of crying is an important grieving moment.

The historical origin of this traditional ritual is difficult to prove as the evidences have evaporated and thus cannot be corroborated. Yet an illuminated manuscript from the XIII century might give the source of the ritual – in the text and in the illuminations that line the left and right side of the text. We learn from the text the story of a Monk who had left to visit grieving relatives. The text tells of a person the monk keeps meeting on his journey. They meet by a tree when refreshing themselves and replenishing their water groudes. He then sees him on the parallel bridge from the one he was walking on and they shouted hello to each other. They saw each other again, the person walking up a mountain while the Monk was walking along the foot of it. They could not hear each other so waved.

The Illuminations depict the monk grieving for a rare, delicate plant that did not survive a most sudden and unseasonal heat wave. The illuminations show a tear that falls on the plant and describe with most finesse the journey the tear takes from the petal to the leaves to the stem to the root and finally the soil. There are 3 rising sun, suggesting a 3 day journey and it is difficult to ascertain if they correspond to the travel of the tear or to the travel of the Monk.


SO MANY THINGS BEHIND US…

There are so many things behind us that we don’t really know…

Beliefs, truth, religion, tradition, knowledge, history, biases, mores, rituals, laws prejudices, language… All structures… that shape our thoughts and representations of the world… a narrative background… Not fixed… that affect everybody, every culture and society but in their own way…

Holding!… constricting? … No movement… like in lockdown… like in quarantine…

– What would happen to us if we ‘de-link’ from the structure?

– We cannot escape from the structures… They organises us… They keep us alive ..

But we can make them visible… Artists develop awareness and doubts… Artists can visualise what is behind us… They can frame and show sections… They can create alternatives…


BALANCING…

There are some fundamental things… like time, like space, like earth, water, oxygen, like light, stone, wood, plants, like fire

All structural and vital materials that also hold us together… that keeps us alive…


THE SHAPE IN OUR MOUTH…

Language…

As we learn to speak our native language, we develop mouth muscles that are specific to our own language… This is a metaphor for how language shape one’s thinking…