SEOUL, South Korea – (September 19, 2016) – Christie® visual solutions is lighting up the animate and inanimate worlds created by French artist Pierre Huyghe in his remarkable short film during theSeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016, taking place at the Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) from September 1 to November 20.
Pierre Huyghe, Untitled (Human Mask), 2014, Film, color, stereo, sound, 2:66, 19min, Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, London and Anna Lena Films, Paris; Image courtesy of SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016
Titled “Untitled (Human Mask)” the 19-minute film is one of Huyghe’s most famous works to date. The story is inspired by a real situation in Japan in which a monkey, wearing the mask of a young woman, is trained to work as a waitress in an abandoned Japanese city devastated by recent disasters. The action takes place inside a desolate restaurant/bar that’s inhabited by the masked monkey, which acts out the human condition in a forsaken world, and endlessly repeating the “young woman’s” unconscious role.
Displayed on a huge screen illuminated by the 10,000-lumen Christie HD10K-M 3DLP® projector, the screenings of Huyghe’s visual masterpiece are part of the SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016 exhibition, sponsored by Christie Korea. The projector for this highly anticipated evented was installed by Christie’s valued partner YoungJin Visual Technology. Currently in its 9th year, the event is a catalyst for creating momentums for art, media and technology, as well as promoting local and international artists with the aim to nurture a wider appreciation of arts and culture.
“SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul is one of the most renowned international media art festivals in Korea and we are very pleased to showcase award-winning French artist Pierre Huyghe’s short film using Christie’s cutting-edge projection technology to deliver the best visual experience to audiences,” said Tony Lim, General Manager, YoungJin Visual Technology. “The grayish color palette used by Huyghe to portray a lonely, desolate world has been beautifully presented by the Christie HD10K-M projector, which is well-known for delivering bright and lifelike visuals. Audiences watching this short film are in for a wonderful visual treat.”
Henry Khang, General Manager, Christie Korea, added, “We’re delighted to be part of this highly popular arts and cultural extravaganza that explores the convergence of media technologies and contemporary arts. Through the deployment of the Christie HD10K-M by our partner YoungJin Visual Technology, we hope to create and share the best visual experiences with art enthusiasts and at the same time, demonstrate the unrivaled value, versatility and superior image quality offered by the Christie M Series to organizers of large venue events.
Khang noted that in recent years, large venues such as museums and theaters are increasingly relying on visual technologies to showcase works of art and performances. In view of this, Christie Korea has been actively supporting a number of outstanding digital art and performance projects, such as the groundbreaking ‘Deoksugung Project’ exhibition in 2012, ‘The Magic Flute’ opera performance in 2015, and ‘The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Korean Modern Masters – Lee Jung-Seob’ art exhibition in June 2016. All these events featured Christie visual solutions.
“We look forward to collaborating with more artists and event venue operators to bring more art forms to life and inspire more people,” Khang added.
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