Eunju Hong – High Fever

Šopa Gallery / Košice Artist in Residence, Hlavná 40, Košice 14.12.2023 18.00

Final presentation: 14.12.2023 18.00
Curator: Tatiana Takáčová

In the video installation High Fever, visual artist Eunju Hong presents a non-linear story of the mining industry and its associated mythologies and superstitions. Blending two worlds, she reveals the history of humanity’s desire for knowledge of the geological and dark depths of the earth through period mining mechanical machines. At the same time, it turns our interest in the opposite direction, to the distant universe, which is brought into the museum’s enclosed spaces using planetarium technology. This work is the artist’s look back at the cultural interest in technological and industrial development and its effects, which can be seen metaphorically as an open wound in our earth.

Eunju Hong (*1993) lives and works alternately in Germany and South Korea. She explores the impact of technology on society and humans, seeing them as organs that can be a contamination and a death drive, a desire, a prosthesis or a daughter’s letter to her mother. She interweaves fictional narratives through film, found footage, performance and installation. Her work delves into microscopic interventions, exploring the sensory and emotional adaptations of the body while examining the dystopian imaginings that arise when biased AI technology takes over. She is currently researching the connections between collective trauma induced by new materials, weapons, medical technology, and individual experiences.

The residency program is supported using public funding by the Slovak Arts Council. Slovak Arts Council is the main partner of this project.
The project is also supported by City Košice.
The video work of Eunju Hong was created in collaboration with Slovak Technical Museum Košice and Howk studio.