Dawoon Park

Dawoon Park is a media artist and researcher born in South Korea and currently based in Germany. She studied Visual Communication Design in Seoul and New Media in Berlin. She is keen to work at the intersection of visual art, theory and practice. Her recent research focuses on the analysis of the hybrid spaces in between nature and culture and social relations of networks made up of human-nonhuman being and things. It takes the form of texts, performances, film and installations. Medium and materials are carefully selected according to the context of the philosophy and media theory on top of which her practice is grounded. Digital technology and electronic components make up a core part of her work.


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Skipping Hierarchy

Taekwondo belts are ranked using various colours, common in many oriental martial arts. This system is an example of modern day hierarchy based on productivity and efficiency.

In martial arts, there is a tendency to emphasise the process of self-motivated training rather than winning in a physical competition. Therefore, the visually hierarchised belts work as an effective tool to stimulate the subjects’ need for achievement.

When the Skipping rope is in use, the rank belts begin to turn and the boundaries of the separated colours become blurry.

Multiple participants are required—One to turn the wheel, so that the others can skip over it. The strictness and unyieldingness of the hierarchical system is replaced by amusement. This act of playful rebellion temporarily overshadows the pervasive nature of self-exploitation.

2019