'Upgrade in Progress',
Part of: Red Light Green Light 2022.
Kunsthal Charlottenborg exhibition
June 11th - August 7th 2022
Curator Charlotte Sprogøe
Photo Jan Søndergaard
There is an intimate erotic link between human and technology in Geumhyung Jeong’s artworks, where the artist assembles robot parts, medical torsos, wires, transformers and other electronic components into human-like robots – dead technological Toys. Creatures that can only be activated through controllers and power supply. Our intimate relationship with technology, the tension between desire and control and our intimate interaction with non-living things are at the heart of Jeong’s works. Jeong, who is trained in theater and dance, choreographs her artworks as a kind of low-tech mechanical ballet with her own body and self-built robots as partners. At Kunsthal Charlottenborg the artist has created an installation of the sub-elements she builds the non-living bodies from – they are bathed in dead light on stage tables in the room. In the videos in the back we see the artist’s work of bringing the parts together into half-finished beings that can move on the verge of being brought to life. There is a continuing controlled tension between the artist’s fetish- like robot production and the small games of activity that emerge in the machines. The interactions between human and machine are limited and come in short electrical pulsations.
Part of Kunsthal Charlottenborg's exhibition 'Copenhagen. Red Light Green Light. Desire, Intimacy & Tension (in the realm of the senses) that shown at Kunsthal Charlottenborg and moves on to locations in the city of Copenhagen. Six international contemporary artists Korean Geumhyung Jeong, Argentinian Cecilia Bengolea, Brittish Cally Spooner, Swedish Ylva Snöfrid, Thai Korakrit Arunanondchai in collaboration with American Alex Gvojic, and Polish Alex Baczyński-Jenkins have been invited by curator Charlotte Sprogøe to present installations, video and performances at six different locations in Copenhagen – portraying the mental state of the world we live in. The exhibition is formed as a living entity, taking shape at various locations throughout Copenhagen, opening at different hours of the day, and different days of the months. Continuously occurring in new variations.
The exhibition is generously supported by:
Augustinus Foundation, ECCA Family Foundation, Obel Family Foundation, Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Foundation, The Ministry of Culture KUV, Knud Højgaard’s Foundation, The University of Copenhagen, Lemvigh-Müller Foundation, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Overretssagfører L. Zeuthens Mindelegat, Spar Nord Foundation, Public Art Agency Sweden, William Demant Foundation.