Pacific Limn

When 6 Apr 2013 - 28 Apr 2013
Where Kadist Art Foundation
3289-3295 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
Enquiry +1 (415) 738-8668

Courtesy the artists and Kadist Art Foundation, SF

April 6 – April 28 2013

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 3, 5-9pm
Opening Event: Artists in conversation with Hou Hanru at 7pm

Press Release:

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (YHCHI) presents Pacific Limn (2013)

Three-channel HD QuickTime video, 25 minutes 13 seconds each, entitled:
- WHY AM I AFRAID OF THE U.S.A.?
- I TRIED TO DISCUSS COMMUNISM WITH THE CHINESE
BUT NO ONE WANTED TO TALK TO ME
- THE SECRET LIFE OF HARUMI

Original texts and music soundtracks
Flexible dimensions

Seoul-based duo Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (YHCHI) presents Pacific Limn, an idiosyncratic interpretation of the Pacific Rim region through the lens of San Francisco. The substitution of the word “Limn”, according to the artists, uses its literal meaning to “depict or describe in painting or words,” but also expresses a self-mockery referring to the Asian accent in confusing the pronunciation of “L” and “R.” Pacific Limncomprises three independent yet intertwined narratives, each respectively focuses on the U.S.A., China and Japan.  YHCHI are artists in residence at Kadist Art Foundation, in San Francisco where the city is referenced as a factual locale, serving as a nexus among different geographic locations. However each story takes on a fictional life weaving the city’s social and cultural accounts into the fabric of the narratives. Through seductive, witty, acerbic and sophisticated language, Pacific Limncomments on the often ignored or covert social clichés, conflicts and conventions. Pacific Limn continues YHCHI’s exploration of “digital literature”, a combination of jazz music, Monaco typeface, and Adobe Flash animation. Superimposing over static or moving images, the texts moves through the screens at a pace just within the threshold of human cognition. Calling for a rapt concentration, YHCHI creates an immersive experience that fluctuates between reading and watching. Formed in 1999, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries consists of Young-hae Chang and Marc Voge.

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