As It Is Becoming (Beppu, Japan)
2008, Multi-channel video installation
The body, any body, walking through space has an associational field of meanings constituted through the relation of that body to its environment. These meanings, which include those of history, are considered to be stable or fixed. In response to this fixity, the artist has been experimenting with displacing the vertical, bi-pedal way we typically move through the world by giving it a horizontal orientation. Lying on a moving platform, Yoon performs lateral explorations (“crawling”) for the camera first through the city of her birth in As It Is Becoming (Seoul, Korea). She has performed similar actions in other towns and sites that differ in their geography, history and culture, performing acts of memorialization that nevertheless evade monumentalization. To date these cities and towns include: Seoul, Vienna, Vancouver, Beppu, Mexico City, and Nagoya.