Incense

Color (CNN), live realization

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Color (CNN), live realization, 2013, 18 x 24 x 48 inches; mixed media: incense, ceramic bowl, ashes, CNN live feed, video projector, wood.
Photo: Jung Hee Choi, “NEW AIRSTRIKES TARGET ISIS-HELD OIL FACILITIES”.  © Jung Hee Choi 2014

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Color (CNN), live realization, 2013, 18 x 24 x 48 inches; mixed media: incense, ceramic bowl, ashes, CNN live feed, video projector, wood

Color (CNN), live realization offers double modalities of a single property to signify phenomenology of the experience in constructing the sense of reality. The CNN live feed is projected on a black wall and on a fleeting smoke released by burning incense. From one perspective the image of the CNN newscast can be viewed clearly on a flat wall, and from the other side of the installation, the same source of the image is viewed on incense smoke, which is constantly dispersed and ephemerally dissipating. Incense smoke does not have a solid physical body and its form is infinitely variable. However, the smoke makes visible the subtle movement of air in the space and confers perceivable corporeal properties on the movement of air. The incomplete and schizoid fragments of the CNN newscast projected over the incense smoke disintegrate the representational construction of the news apparently conveying no perceivable information, no meaning, and no objective basis for intrinsic value. Even though the smoke causes the superimposed image to be in constant change and transformation, from time to time, the observable image or crawling subtitle transiently suspended on the smoke evokes an epiphany that reaffirms the meaning of reality.