Ellie Kyungran Heo is an artist and filmmaker. Her films combine elements of documentary and performance, exploring the subject matter in terms of conflict and intimacy. She considers the writings of the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas and his phenomenological account of the 'face-to-face' within her work. In applying Levinas's insights to the relationship between humans and other living things, she investigates how we co-exist and affect one another, and questions human-centric ideas and taxonomies of nature.
Law, ethics and morals help us to be good, but there is a limit to living in accordance to rules. We see its passivity.
Is there something that can make us better beyond this limit?
'All' is in smAll.
The questioning of Being is an experience of Being in its strangeness. […] The question is itself a manifestation of the relationship with Being. Being is essentially alien and strikes against us. We undergo its suffocating embrace like the night, but it does not respond to us. […] And if it is more than this question, this is because it permits going beyond the question, and not because it answers it. What more there can be than the questioning of Being is not some truth, but good - Emmanuel Levinas, Existence & Existents
Questioning other beings means paying attention to them. It is definitely good to go beyond being curious about others and opening up to otherness, by seeking to understand oneself.
To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower.
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour - William Blake
One tiny thing is an opening to the bigger world, a start to understanding the wider whole. In other words, the most precious moment could be a bridge to convey us towards the eternal. In the sharing of the breath of the moment there is a movement towards breathing together in an unlimited space.
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