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Sung Hwan Kim

The Guardian on Sung Hwan Kim:

Kim’s approach always flits between reality and fiction and draws on different mediums and cultures. A single work might mesh elements from sci-fi, folk tales, personal memories and human history, as in the unsettling Summer Days in Keijo. The Dutch traveller who narrates this story of Keijo, the formerly Japanese-ruled city that is now Korea’s capital Seoul, starts out like a dull tour guide. Soon enough, though, things take a sinister turn.

Soon Ae, Officer Choi and Na Bong Sun. The mystery behind them.

So, we got a glimpse on what happened to Soon Ae before her death and Officer Choi’s involvement in her demise from today’s episode. That means, the layer of secrets behind Soon Ae’s death is going to be peeled from now on.

Honestly, I’ve moved on from the love line since forever because for me, the main point of this story is not the love story itself. It is the mystery behind those characters. Especially Soon Ae, Officer Choi and Na Bong Sun.

Soon Ae. I read a lot of comments wanting to get rid of her off Na Bong Sun, but you all need to know. This story is about a ghost. Soon Ae is the ghost. Na Bong Sun is her bridge into figuring her vague cause of death. And along the way of figuring out that problem, she fell in love with the man who is in love with the human she’s residing in. It’s not like she can avoid it. That’s a given when she started chasing after Chef.

As for Officer Choi. I have a theory about this man. We all know the evil spirit in his body is taking over his mind and soul. Which explains the reason behind his malicious and violent behind the scene actions. The evil spirit wanted to live as a human, so it needs to stay as human as possible. By wearing his ‘nice’ face when people aren’t looking. So, Soon Ae was head over heels for this guy during her life. I think she might have dated him for some time. It could be that the evil spirit and the actual Officer Choi were both in love with her. Perhaps, the evil spirit wasn’t as evil as it is right now. Soon Ae could be the one making it to want to feel the feeling of in love again. But then, being an evil spirit, of course the evil nature eventually would take place. So, the spirit killed her. Maybe out of his jealousy of Officer Choi. Because Officer Choi was a human. And that Soon Ae could only see Officer Choi. Not the evil spirit itself. (This idea came to me after realizing the fact that both Na Bong Sun and Soon Ae are in love with Chef)
However, it could also be that Soon Ae saw was the sole witness of the accident involving Chef’s lil sis. Upon discovering the true nature of Officer Choi, he has no choice but to kill Soon Ae, so he could continue living as a human without having to expose his cruel nature.
But, then… those are only my speculations. We have 6 more episodes to see whether these assumptions of mine are correct or rubbish.

And we have Na Bong Sun. Of course, Na Bong Sun needs her own character development, but I have this hope that she is going to be the one solving the mystery behind Soon Ae’s death. She is going to be the one saving everyone from their own misery. Even though she looks gutless and everything, don’t you guys remember that time when she chased off the thief and bit his leg? It’s a small act, but it shows us a bit of her courageous heart. Small but significant for her timid nature. She had shown us what she is capable to do as a character, and I believe she will become the saviour of these pitiful people. As for her relationship with Chef, I can’t say much about that. As much as I want her to be by Chef’s side, I’d rather see her venturing into the world she’s been hiding from for all her life.

I know I’m being optimist, but the writing of this story is so good. I don’t believe the writer is going to leave out a great character like Na Bong Sun just like that. I’m putting my trust on the writer because he or she has not yet disappoints me up to this point.

P/s: Cordon knows the deal between Chef and Na Bong alright. That sneaky little punk.

Tate’s Tanks Take To Task Sung Hwan Kim
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The Korean performance artist Sung Hwan Kim is the first artist to be commissioned for an installation in ‘The Tanks’, Tate Modern’s new galleries permanently dedicated to performance and film. The exhibition is supported by Sotheby’s and is unveiled from 18 July to 28 October.

Kim is known for his interdisciplinary work, incorporating installation, video, performance, music, light and drawing. He interweaves personal history, fantasy, rumour, politics and culture to create a work that responds to the unique architecture of The Tanks.

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Sung Hwan Kim

The Guardian on Sung Hwan Kim:

Kim’s approach always flits between reality and fiction and draws on different mediums and cultures. A single work might mesh elements from sci-fi, folk tales, personal memories and human history, as in the unsettling Summer Days in Keijo. The Dutch traveller who narrates this story of Keijo, the formerly Japanese-ruled city that is now Korea’s capital Seoul, starts out like a dull tour guide. Soon enough, though, things take a sinister turn.

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The Tanks: Art in Action (18 July – 28 October 2012) @ Tate Modern

I took a look at Tate Modern’s new exhibit space, “The Tanks” during my lunch break and I like it. I only had time to check out Sung Hwan Kim’s video art and for a brisk walk around the space, but I can already tell how great a new addition to the Tate landscape this thing is. I’m off to see Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s “Fase: Four movements to the Music of Steve Reich” this evening.  

[Photos © Tate]

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