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Lack of communication

Lack of communication

During my college year, I had a lot of fun things, above all, I would say the one of the most valuable and precious thing was tutorial time. Through this time, most of students included me, could learn and ask any questions to them during their art works and tutors gave us counsel and suggestion of direction at the same time. Moreover, they gave us information about students did not recognize. When I had fist tutorial, I got suggestion about association and possibility between my career works and Duchamp‘s works which completed ready-made concept. Because of tutorial, I was convinced about my significant college life. At my second tutorial, tutor told me that I should study about Karen Killimnik. While I studied her works, I was so pleasure that I almost cry out.

Finally, I can create my own art work affected from these artists with communication subject as a new “communication series # 3”.

The first art work is first impression about London Where I am going to study during 3 years is excited from my viewing land mark of London, high spirited with cosmopolitan life and lonely from particular weather of London, by which I felt chaos and subtlety. I depicted my mind which could not be established in London yet but still float on the atmosphere of London with view as an international student. I created my art work through luggage, from which I have opportunity to communicate with London as a media like canvas. Luggage is not just object but a vehicle through which I can connect to London and my alter ego contained my life story.

The second art work is door of communication. Compassionate communication skills can dramatically improve the quality of your life. Express concerns openly and honestly in a way that invites understanding instead of defensiveness. Develop empathetic understanding of others without compromising your own values. Even in situations of long-standing conflict or hostility, our communication process can open new doors to understanding and partnership.

When people are in conversation with each other not only speak with sound but also gaze eyes. Sometimes, even though between two persons talk about the same subject, someone lead the dialogue as a higher vantage position in perspective, and another person become a good listener with posture of heart by reducing.

Through main two art pieces with many exercise drawing, I can develop the range of my main subject, communication and would like to try to express these communication with not only just like now days painting techniques but also performance, installation, and image using digital technology. With these my attempt and new way to express my feelings, I create the third art work.

The third art work is “absence or lack of communication”, which expresses negative side of communication between creature and another creature. In other words, I show that people lives in trapped in the framework of communication and meaningless communication, these days, creating situation that having problems with different or distorted understanding as if the broken mirror cannot reflect object clearly when people try to communicate each other at the small stage frame. I express distance with difference of size of shape of human and with that he maximizes my topic “absence or lack of communication”.

Interesting point in this art work is that I try to install moving technology system which attracts for audiences to be able to feel curiosity with sound sensor when audiences make some sound.

Moreover, based on creating of performance and installation art field like Karne Kilimnik’s art work, I create small 3D space like performance stage with different two kinds of moving image as the same subject series. One is Morse signal (communication -.-. — — — ..- -. .. -.-. .- – .. — -.) designed as a key which means communication is the Key factor in human social life. And the other is world map combined with one white line designed as a USIM: universal subscriber identity module card that is installed in every different mobile phone, identifying every different person own self, which means all of world where different people live is connected with each other through modern communication system, mobile phone.

Phone Museum – Present Achievements in Past Context


 Phone Museum


This story  is of  my father,Director of Phone Museum.

One day long time ago, when I was young, I went to Mia-Ri to see my friend, Yongtae. Getting down from the bus on the ridge, I walked up through a steep mountain path, panting for breath. Upon reaching his house, I shouted out, “Yongtae!”, expecting to hear from him, “Just a moment, I’ll come out.” But, contrary to the expectation, what I had to hear was, “Yongtae is not here, he already went out this morning.” Disappointed and exhausted, I trudged back downhill and got on the bus. It took me three a half hours to go to his house in vain and come back to my house located at Pil-Dong in the foothill of Nam-San, some 12 miles from Mia-Ri. This is not an old tale from the Yi-Dynasty. It is an anecdote that I experienced in Seoul at 1960s when I was a student. Whenever I bring up this story, both I and my daughters are laughing because they’re so used to the cellular phone.  Due to the cellular phones, things have changed drastically.

Living in this world where I would not have hear, “Yongtae is not here!”, with just one call, I opened the Phone Museum, yearning for good old days. This museum is little bit different from an ordinary museum in that, while it has wire telephones dated back to 19th century, it’s going to concentrate on recent technological development.

The majority of people, upon hearing that I opened the Phone Museum which is concentrating on the mobile phone, respond like this, “The mobile phone has existed only 20 years. Now we have a museum for it?” It is a natural response since a museum normally exhibits antiques at least 50 year old. However, I think that the mobile phone is an exception. A mobile phone is now the product most intimately related to our daily lives. Korean companies occupy more than 30 percent of the mobile phone market worldwide. They have five kinds of million seller cellular phones, each of which has been sold more than ten million. Among the export items of Korea, it is placed between No. 1 and No. 3 in terms of money. Furthermore, Korean companies have been leading in mobile phone technology. There are scores of models which claim to have new functions for the first time in history.

But this story is being lost. Not only wire telephones of twenty years ago but even mobile phones of just four to five years ago are hardly being preserved, and some mobile phones with innovative technology used for the first time are being lost. They are disassembled for the purpose of extracting infinitesimal jewels in them, or rashly exporting them to underdeveloped nations. With the incentive of profit, individuals quickly sold them to retail stores, without ever considering preserving their historical value. While many domestic antiques of great age still remain, recent products manufactured more than a billion units virtually disappear. There was no museum devoted to the collection of mobile phones. Even the mobile phone companies failed to preserve their own products. Some of these companies have disappeared completely with their products. Then, how will succeeding generation of Koreans know the history of the mobile phones’ development without a preservation of recent technologies?

Hundreds of new mobile phone models come out every year. It is difficult to collect them all even though someone tries to collect them every day. Then, if neglected for years, it becomes impossible to collect them. The standard definition of an antique, “at least 50 years old,” should not be applied to such a rapidly evolving product like a mobile phone. We should collect and exhibit today’s products now instead of trying to find past products after they have become extinct. Also, since museum pieces must be exhibited to demonstrate changes at a glance, today’s pieces must be exhibited with the older pieces. As a result, the legacy of the Phone Museum, which is world-first and unique, will become the cultural legacy of Korea, and furthermore, that of the world in near future.

For these reasons, and with this vision, I opened the Phone Museum. Although there are some historic mobile phones made in Korea, which claim to have made world first function, that are yet to be collected, I hurried to open this museum with the hope that as this museum comes to be known widely, such items would be donated. I intend this museum shall be known, preserved, and ultimately transmitted to posterity with your encouragement and support, and many others around the world.

Director of the Phone Museum

Byeongcheol  Lee