Single-channel video installation (4’33”, silence, B&W, loop), a booklet (5"9 X 3"9), three carpets (PVC, Inkjet print) on the floor, print (40.94” X 59.05”, Inkjet print, framed), 2020.
Performed by Ivetta Sunyoung Kang and Eric You in the video.
Proposition 1: Hands contains a single-channel video and a small booklet that instructs each position of hands performed in the video that aims to transform a banal children’s game into a futuristic therapeutic exercise. This is a second video of my long-term research-creation on relational tensions and internal exchanges between anxiety, the uncertainty of the future and futuristic suggestions to overcome the anxious-self, since the first project entitled Intolerance of Uncertainty. The children’s game utilized in this project is called Make Electricity on Hands, which is overly played among children in South Korea. This project converts its underlying conception and arisen sensation from the act of the game into a form of massage therapy to tend to one’s mental health. This piece invites the audience to pair up, sit in a gallery and perform each of the massage steps, following either the video or the installed booklet. Each instructive sentence in the video functions to be propositional means that poetically imagines possibilities of momentary relief from anxiety. It requests the participants to hold and feel each other’s hands and give this performative/therapeutic massage; they will be asked to transfer the warmth that their hands potentially have underneath and to remain bonded at least during this massage session.
The Warming Hand Exercise booklet - Pages: 17 - Size: 5"9 X 3"9 - Written and designed by Ivetta Sunyoung Kang