Ellie Kyungran Heo is an artist and filmmaker. Heo's art practice and film combine elements from the genres of documentary and performance into an 'experimental setting' (Schiesser, 2015) to explore points of tension between the anthropological and the ecological. Heo's work is influenced by the writings of the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, who theorised the interface between the Self and the Other in terms of a meeting between singularities (Levinas, 1969). Harnessing Levinas’s insights into the relationship between humans and their environment, Heo conducts artistic experiments to seek those dimensions of the sustainability conversation that arise in our everyday lives and that relate to how we meet the Other ‘face-to-face’.
Schiesser, G. (2015). 'What is at stake – Qu’est ce que l’enjeu? Paradoxes – Problematics – Perspectives in Artistic Research Today'. In: Arts, Research, Innovation and Society, eds. Gerald Bast and Elias G. Carayannis. New York: Springer.
Levinas, E. (1969). Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority, (translated by Alphonso Lingis). Pennsylvania: Duquesne University Press.
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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