July 5, 2007 - Project Arts Centre - Sung Hwan Kim and David Michael DiGregorio
July 5, 2007

 Sung Hwan Kim and David Michael DiGregorio, <i>Pushing against the air</i>, installation and performance with Byunjun at Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2007. Photographer: Nina Canell.

Sung Hwan Kim and David Michael DiGregorio
In the room

Exhibition until 14th July, 2007

Project Arts Centre, Dublin
39 East Essex Street
Temple Bar<br>
Dublin 2, Ireland<br>
(+353 1) 881 9613/14

You see, there’s a person, and she looks like a normal person, but if she opens her mouth, she only has one tooth growing out of all of her gums. So, from the upper gum, one tooth is coming down growing into the lower gum. So when she talks, her tongue is flicking around inside the mouth but the tooth is sound proof, so nobody hears.
– from Scary Stories, In the Room
Sung Hwan Kim and David Michael DiGregorio create a world bound together by stories, performing and singing a series of scenarios and drawings in something akin to opera. The exchange between the two artists engineers an understanding of the relationship between text and lyrics, image and sound, Korea and the US, iconophilia and iconoclasm – both the fetishisation and destruction of iconic symbols. A tale is told through text, music, film and live video, as Kim and DiGregorio, with musician Byungjun, perform in a new installation for Project Arts Centre. “It is considered a major error in radio broadcasting when there is even five seconds’ silence on air.” Pushing against the air, a concert with talking and images, is inspired by Byungjun’s radio show, World Music Journal, broadcast nationwide in Korea from 2004 to 2005, and was performed on the opening nights. The music itself is made with layered voice, ocarina, delay, a sampling keyboard, harmonica, kazoo, pump organ, guitar, mallets, stretched membranous materials, air, dry-erase marker on plastic, jae-gum (Korean cymbals) and pang-eul (Korean bells).
Sung Hwan Kim is a Korean artist based in Amsterdam and finalist in the Prix de Rome; David Michael DiGregorio is an Amsterdam-based US musician recording under the name of dogr.

Click on the following link for a sound preview: www.project.ie/cgi-bin/eventdetail.pl?id=576

Support provided in part by DasArts, Amsterdam.


Ongoing new productions at Project Arts Centre:

Four international artists and collaborators are currently developing new works with Project Arts Centre over the forthcoming 18 months, referencing an awareness of both the political, social and economic reality of a booming Irish economy, as well as the unique possibility of producing work within the performance and theatre spaces of the multidisciplinary institution:
Rosa Barba (Germany) & David Maljkovic (Croatia), Jeremiah Day (US/Netherlands), Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan (Netherlands) and Aurélien Froment (France).
PHILIP, the science-fiction novel written by Heman Chong, Cosmin Costinas, Rosemary Heather, Francis McKee, David Reinfurt, Steve Rushton, Leif Magne Tangen and Mark Aerial Waller which was curated by Mai Abu ElDahab and published by Project Press in January 07, is now available in a third and increasingly more affordable edition, at www.lulu.com/content/571972

Project Arts Centre | Dublin | Ireland
Curated by Tessa Giblin

Please contact Publicist, Aisling McGrane aisling@project.ie for further information about all exhibitions.

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