Throughout July 2015 Park Jin Young and Simon Whetham will be collaborating with the gallery space at Soom Island – http://soomdo.org/

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The duo have subtitled the project ‘Boundaries of Performance’ with reference to the nature of the gallery space, which is characterised by possibilities of being open to the adjoining cafe and library and viewable by passers-by in the street, and also having access to spaces on the 7th floor and the roof.

Through exploring these opportunities, the duo hope to push the idea of engagement with an audience, experimenting with distorting the line between audience and performer, either by reduction or reinforcement.

Final show #3 – 2015.07.31

Closing our month-long residency at Soomdo, we requested to use the meditation space on the 7th floor. We had spent some time recording sound and video in the space and both felt that the energy was good there, especially compared to the space on the first (ground) floor.

Video of performance courtesy of and thanks to all at Soomdo

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And here are some additional photos of the performance courtesy of and thank you to Soomdo

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Final show #2 – 2015.07.30

We presented our second final show on 30th July, however this was an intimate performance using many quiet sound sources in a darkened room, making it very difficult, if not impossible to document.

P1060079 Jin Young demonstrates the audience seating arrangement

P1060080Recorders and sound sources

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Final show #1 – 2015.07.29

Please follow this link to watch a video of the performance:

Thank you to Soomdo for posting.

Images from our first final presentation with guest Bae Hyun Jung – thank you Lee Jin Young for the photographs

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more photos courtesy of and thank you to Soomdo

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Third presentation of work-in-progress

For our third presentation we invited talented young photographer Kim Jaeyoung to respond in some way to our work in the space at Soomdo. The photos below show the work he exhibited, which we in turn performed alongside.

P1060069Jaeyoung’s work hangs in the space along with objects and equipment Simon will use in performance.

Please follow this link to see a video of the performance: 

P1060071From outside, passers-by can enjoy Jaeyoung’s depictions of Jin Young and Simon.

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Jaeyoung03Preparation for the show. Image courtesy of Jaeyoung Kim.

Teaser for third presentation

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In many ways Jae Young has done with photography what the futurist painters were exploring – capturing movement and and energy rather than a still image. These images and more will be exhibited in the project space at Soomdo on 2015.07.24 from 8pm, with a live response by the Extended Dimensions team.

Images courtesy of (and many thanks to) Jaeyoung Kim

www.jaeyoungkim.kr

Second presentation of work-in-progress

For many reasons, to continue to log activities by daily basis became impossible, therefore the second week of research and development at Soomdo was logged as one post.

This week we were joined by Seoul-based composer and amazing pianist Bae Hyun Jung. Using the PA system at Soomdo, Jin Young presented a sketch of a project she will continue to work with using projections and Simon provided the soundtrack using material from his archives and live object manipulations.

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If it is unclear what the process is here, Jin Young filmed herself performing to a composition of Simon’s at Art SPace Seogyo, Seoul in June 2015. At Soomdo she then projected onto herself, attempting to ensure that at all times the image of herself was on her back while also responding to the sounds of the piece. She filmed this once again and presented the results at Soomdo.

As this piece came to a close, Hyun Jung had started to play, improvising with the sounds Simon was performing with. The projector was shut off and Jin Young disappeared as Hyun Jung and Simon improvised with each other, piano and objects plus some recorded material. As this collaboration took form, so Jin Young appeared in the ceiling space, creating the tip of a collaborative triangle.

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Photos courtesy of Soomdo – http://www.soomdo.org

And here is a link to an excerpt of the concert, music by Bae Hyun Jung, noises by Simon Whetham

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Thank you to Soomdo for filming and uploading

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Photo by Park Jiman

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Photos by Hyun Jung Bae

Day 08

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Day 07

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Day 05

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Day 04

stills from short test movies

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Day 03 @ Soomdo

Alone for the day, Simon Whetham tests new equipment and performs another concert for no-one…

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P1050953Here Simon is trying out using battery power for one of the small amplifiers he uses in his work, plus a wireless lavalier mic

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Day 02 @ Soomdo

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Simon spent the second day of the residency recording various sounds in the space… and outside!

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Meanwhile Jin Young begins performing

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First Day – June 1 2015

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Initial visit – June 24 2015

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