Min Jeong Seo’s Installation, ‘Summe Im Augenblick’ had a very clear goal – to replicate the blowing up of Bellevue Hall, a designated historical monument. To do that she precisely measured the entire building and rebuilt it a scaled version – 62% to be exact – out of styrofoam.
She then smashed it up and installed it in the very same hall suggesting an explosion had actually happened.
The work concerns time and as Ulrich Meyer-Husmann writes on her website:
There are different ways for the perception and understanding of time. Time is a construct but also a factor governing our social life. In physics time can only be now-time, it simply is present. In contrast subjective experience of time may be very different. For example the sense of time while waiting for something or how time perception differs for younger or older people. As we speak of the past, the present, the future the meaning of life becomes part of the question. Where do we come from? Where are we headed to? In that context Min Jeong Seo points out the buddhist notion to understand time as a sequence of moments. Each point in time holds a certain meaning and represents a fraction of the whole. According to this conception the explosion tears a hole in time. It is not the form that got lost but time itself.
The explosion itself cannot be seen but only its effects. The instant of the explosion constitutes an annihilated fraction of time as well as the disintegration of that space in its previous form. The frozen mass of ruins represents an image of the incident, it reflects the energy of the explosion. In that sense the ruin of the hall conveys the idea.
Whatever about the concept I love the basic premise and as someone who carved styrofoam for many years I can certainly appreciate the technical execution of the work
Via Sweet Station
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