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Manual No.1 How to Play the Piano, digital print, 168.9x89.4cm, 2012


Here, the manual is something an individual has to set and follow based upon his/her experiences and surroundings. The No.1 features a piano as a main image along with complicated diagrams and descriptions that show what the piano looks like inside, how it works or is supposed to be operated. The manuals contain my personal history with the piano over the past 20 years. The story in this piece is that the piano is quite antique and needs tuning so the player has to play it in an odd, specific way; the owner of the piano grows up to buy a brand new electronic piano and yet misses playing her old analogue piano. The manuals in the piece tell you how to handle and play this broken musical instrument. Specifically, it tells you how to clear up the area around the long abandoned piano in the room, how to use a couch arm when you don’t have a piano chair any more, how to play music using only black keys when 3 essential white keys aren’t working (which is my 10 year knowhow), etc.

What I am trying here artistically is to visualize both the visible and the invisible using signs and diagrams and thus convey something metaphysical based upon empirical study, just like in my previous works such as Self-Portrait and The Power of a Kiss. In brief, in the Manuals series, I try to express an individual’s memories, personal knowhow and emotions which can be trivial and yet priceless, using a clear means of standardized manuals.



메뉴얼1_나의 피아노를 사용하는 방법, digital print, 168.9x89.4cm, 2012
메뉴얼안에는 20년이 지나 골동품과 같이 되어버린 피아노와 피아노치는 사람과의 추억과 함께 이 피아노를 쳐야할때의 주의사항이나 노하우들이 담겨있다.
구체적으로 살펴보자면 악기로서의 기능을 상실한체 진열장된 피아노를 치기위해 물건들을 어떻게 치워야하는지와 피아노 의자없이 소파팔걸이를 이용해 어떻게 앉아야할지, 그리고 힌건반의 3음의 소리가 나오지 않아서 모든 연주을 검은건반으로 전조해서 치는 10여년이 된 노하우가 세세하게 설명되어있다.
이는 명확하고 표준화할 수 있는 메뉴얼의 방식을 사용하여 개인만이 가지고있는 사소하지만 소중한 노하우와 추억들을 표현 하고자 했다.



2012. Scripts & Systems.Lexington Art League. Lexington, U.S.A

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