A soft touch on its surface activates the quasi-breathing movement and slow chant of this elegant light-and-sound sculpture. Shadow Fugue is a wall-mounted work that achieves a very organic feel, in spite of its mechanical control and simple off-the-shelf materials, due to the artist’s attention to minute shifts of light and shadow that are coordinated with the sound. The work has at first glance the appearance of a minimalist sculpture from one of the light artists of the 1970s, until its play of light and shadow is discerned. This is a result of the tensing and relaxing of an array of flexible plexiglass rods that are attached by wires to small motors suspended along the wall. Variable tension in the wires modulates the soundscape of chanting voices, which is conjoined with a tinkling sound generated by the motors themselves. But beyond the touch that launches them, Shadow Fugue’s subtle behaviours carry on independent of viewers’ actions through an infrared sensor-based self-regulating mechanism. Sion Jeong shows how a simple activation mechanism such as the one used here can transform a still sculpture into an autonomous object that sympathetically engages with its audience on a multi-sensory and body-based plane.
Sion Jeong (South Korea / Germany)
VIDA 15 - Special mention