Ellie Kyungran Heo is an artist who explores socio-ecological solidarity, conflict and coexistence through time-based media (primarily film) and inter/transdisciplinary research.
Heo’s artistic practice includes the following:
- Filmic encounters based on Emmanuel Levinas’ philosophy of interfacing with the Other,
- Re-interpretation of spaces where sound and image collide,
- Allusive storytelling inspired by Georges Perec’s Life: A User
- Perspective shift at the juncture between botany and art,
- Imaginative association that applies Adam Smith’s moral sentiment theory to non-human subjects.
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; Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Whitechapel Gallery, London; LUX Moving Image, London; Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht; e-flux Video & Film, New York.
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Stand on the sea and look at the ‘Arctic Garden’.
There is a space where the sea, land and sky merge; a space where all living beings share without borders and boundaries.
Can an imaginary or ideal garden, perhaps the Garden of Eden, become a reality there?
Falling Flowers are Flowers, too.
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 actively approach the honourable life 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 sharing the breath of the moment, there is a movement towards breathing together in an unlimited space.
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