KIM Soun Gui

At Media City Seoul 2010

Écouter la silence (2010)

sound installation

Seoul Museum of History

Artist Profile

Born 1946; Lives and works in Paris

Silence of the Well

Listen to the silence of the well.

Sound installation in the garden of the Seoul Museum of History, north of the Gyeounghui Palace, where a well is situated. The well, now empty and dry as a bottomless jar, was indispensable in the past; there, the women of the court found the water used to cook rice for the king. The gust of wind of modernization that would have transformed feng shui dried up the water, and with it the wind of the old capital Hanyang. Once gone, it cannot return, so instead we will pour into the bottomless well the dust of the city of Seoul.

Listen to the sound of the well.

Pour the songs of the asphalt,

Pour the songs of the buses,

Pour the songs of the pines,

Pour the songs of the internet,

Pour the songs of the birds,

Pour the songs of the stock exchange,

Pour the songs of the cuckoo,

Pour the songs of the red dust (hong jin)

of Seoul, So-ri kut han pan.

20 June 2010

Kim Soun-Gui

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