Euyoung Hong
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Fragmented Space, 2010-11
Plywood, urethane paint, found objects
Installation view
Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea


Fragmented space, which includes objects and spaces in our surroundings, undergoes decolourization. This decolourized space or object does not merely indicate an emptied space or a deficiency. Non-decolourized objects generally employed in other sculptures and installations tend, relatively speaking, to focus our attention on the object itself. By contrast, fragmented space produced through the process of decolourization fails to fasten our eyes upon the object in space or the object itself; rather, it highlights the relational dynamics of space, which includes the surrounding territory of the object. This relational dynamics of space does not aim at a totalitarianistic visualization of space by monumentalizing the sculpture through the presentation of monochromic surfaces in a literal sense; instead it presents and realises the encounter, conflict and connection between the heterogeneous elements and the forces acting on them. I view this concept of decolourization from two perspectives. First, decolourization proposes an open system of space, through which a new connection and conflict between different spaces can emerge by escaping from the pre-existing form and structure of space. Open space cannot be simplified in the traditional understanding of political thought: for instance, the libertarian tradition of anarchism, which is considered as "an anti-dogmatic and unstructured cluster of related attitudes, which does not depend for its existence on any enduring organization." It is situated and functions in the tension between sovereign and institutional freedom. Second, this open space is contradictory, as despotic power potentially exists in order to visualize and materialize a new connection. This violent force can never be completely eliminated and will always be mobilized at a certain point. Through the process of decolourization, different objects and spaces begin to communicate with each other, escaping from a political rule in a certain regime of space.

Fragmented space proposes a contradictory dynamic system of space, whereby a principle of the connection, movement and change of space can be actualized through the tension between the constructive and the destructive. It reveals a spatial continuum, which is operated by combining homogenizing despotic movement of space with reactive revolutionary movement of space. Fragmented space aims to build potentially positive and productive dimensions of space by developing the space under capitalist urbanization, which is not only considered unstable, contradictory, sometimes negative, but is also easily recognized as a tool for economic growth and political stabilization. The driving force of fragmentization is produced and sustained when a conceptual and material point becomes divergent and decoded. It is the necessity for a revolutionary movement of dynamics of fragmented space, whereby new connections and arrangements of space can continuously emerge in the built environment. The regime of fragmented space exercises its power in order to discover how to disconnect pre-established orders and conventions and how to put heterogeneous things together through the condensed and displaced logic of space. From a new point of view, provided by this spatial continuum, the politics and function of the space of everyday life can be recovered and re-illuminated.
 
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