Memory of November
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The written component of this thesis is an investigation of cultural displacement, memory and loss. Specifically, it interrogates the notion of memory as a traumatic attachment to the past and to one's homeland. For people who have been displaced, their culture becomes a home that is impossible to return to. As an example, I recall my own experience as a woman leaving behind the patriarchal Korean society and history and use this to explore the opportunity for the individual to disrupt and positively affect their social status. In addition, the work of cross-cultural artists Do-Ho Suh and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha will be analyzed and compared to my own creative process. This comparison will differentiate Memory of November from other cross-cultural art in that it engages subjective memory rather than issues of hybrid identity. The theories of Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, and Julia Kristeva will be used to foster an understanding of memory as trauma. Finally, the element of audience interaction in installation art will be explored, including discussions surrounding the shifting meaning as art moves across cultures, and the ability of the artist to exploit these changes in order to bring the viewer into the process of making meaning within a work of art. The project component is a four-channel video installation. This project experimented with new methods of interactive video installation that employ the spatial juxtaposition of moving images and sounds. The installation of the work strived to immerse the viewer in a flow of images, allowing them to physically and mentally experience the transitory nature of memory. This video installation was presented as a formal exhibition at the Carnegie Art Center March 26 th through April 22 nd of 2006. It will be distributed through future exhibitions, as a DVD compilation, and potentially as a catalogue with essays accompanying the work.