© 2018 by Lamis Haggag

 

Towards a more Ambiguous world

(part 1)

Dimensions: 200x160 cm

Medium: Interactive installation

Materials: So-chang and Korean traditional fabric, LCD, Arduino, DC motors and touch sensor switch 

Description: Jung-gu area in the city of Incheon, South Korea is characterized by overlapping cultures that belong to different times. For a non-Korean speaker, it was difficult for me to decipher the features or fully understand the hybrid culture that is Jung-gu, Incheon. With the lack of English documentation, except for one or two online articles, I decided to fabricate a mystical story about it. Thus, registering visuals and features that I have encountered throughout my stay in the area. The cranes that are engraved on a number of residential doors, the pine tree that looks like fire in the garden of a collapsing house, the coffee shop with the wind fans in the fairy tale village, The blue house that looks like it is underwater in the Japanese area, the red round door in Chinatown, the hilly landscape and the stairs around and through Jung-gu and the alleyways, all of this and more have became part of my understanding of Jung-gu, Incheon and fabricated documentation of it.

 

The patchwork piece is constructed mainly of So-Change fabric from Ganghwa Island and Korean traditional fabric. So-Change is a 100% cotton fabric that is local to Incheon’s Ganghwa Island. With 10 or less So-change factories left out of 200 of what was once a dynamic industry, the owners and residents are now struggling to keep the factories running. The visual story I made up is that of the wind fans spinning so fast that they become red-crested cranes. One of the cranes appears as the audience touch the fabric and the wind fans start spinning. This two-part project, is the second in my series ‘How do I look on paper?’ Through interactivity with the public, the series provides alternative means to document memories and thoughts that constitute the narratives of individuals, places, and groups of people.

 

Realized at:

2018     Towards a More Ambiguous World. Warehouse Gallery. Incheon, South Korea