As an artist, Ellie Kyungran Heo experiments with perceptual processes, approaching subjects through time-based media, installation, and interdisciplinary research. Heo explores how art can affect our perceptions of and responses to tensions between anthropocentrism and ecocentrism, how it can highlight ecological conflicts often neglected by social convention, and how it can promote alternative discourses—debate, reflection, and reconstruction—on relationships between living beings, and between their societies and environments.
Heo’s artistic experimentation includes:
- Filmic encounter based on Emmanuel Levinas’ philosophy of interfacing with the Other,
- Interpretation of spaces where sound and image collide,
- Allusive storytelling via obstructive editing,
- Unusual attention generated by the camera’s movement,
- Audiences’ selection and reorganisation in a video series installation,
- Perspective shift at the juncture between botany and art.
These activities have expanded in collaboration with the fields of film, performance art, contemporary music, and biology.
Following graduation from the Royal College of Art in London (2015), Heo has exhibited and screened her work widely, including the Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Whitechapel Gallery, London; LUX Moving Image, London; and The Photographers’ Gallery, London.
The law and common sense morality can help us to achieve a certain goodness in life but there is a limit to how well one can live according simply to the rules. There is a passivity in this approach to living well. Can art take us further and help us to approach the honourable life actively, as better beings?
'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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