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Thing, Decomposition, Public Nature: A Focus on Jeoung Jae Choul’s Projects

  • Journal of History of Modern Art
  • 2023, (54), pp.39-56
  • Publisher : 현대미술사학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Art > Arts in general > Art History
  • Received : November 1, 2023
  • Accepted : November 25, 2023
  • Published : December 31, 2023

Soojin Park 1

1서울시립대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study examines the meaning of things and waste, focusing on Jeoung Jae Choul’s Silk Road Project and Blue Ocean Project, and investigates the role of art as a decomposer and symbiotic carer. Particularly, it discusses how art, humans, and nature should coexist with waste, what the social roles of art and artists and what artistic practices are, and the public nature of art. Fujihara Tatsushi’s ecological decomposition theory and Donna Haraway’s ecologicalism theory are used to examine Jeoung Jae Choul’s project. In the interpretation of Jeoung Jae Choul’s project, decomposer and rag picker are important concepts, as he works with waste as the main medium. Furthermore, our attitude towards waste is discussed mainly on the basis of Haraway’s ‘Chthulucen’ and ‘symbiosis and care’. Haraway requests that multispecies cooperate and combine to become compost that creates the continuity of life and death, and argues for post-anthropocentrism beyond post-humanism. Jeoung Jae Choul’s project is the art of an activist practicing a powerful solidarity of surviving with multispecies in damaged lands and seas, by developing response-ability. In addition, through becoming-with trouble, it delivers ethical responsibilities along with the public nature of art. In doing so, it proposes the practice of reconnecting broken things, the practice of being a decomposer and the feast of decomposition.

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