Kim Heecheon’s Lifting Barbells is a response to his father’s fatal bicycle accident on a street in Seoul, South Korea. Kim traces data collected on his father’s smart watch to reconstruct his last moments.
Then, through letters to his girlfriend and images of Seoul, the artist narrates the complexity he faces—navigating the difficulty of his loss, being disaffected by society’s failures, and weighing the impact of technology on his daily life. Lifting Barbells is Kim’s first video in a trilogy that questions new technology and arbitrary distinctions between the “real” and “virtual” worlds we inhabit.
On view now in the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Thematic Gallery.
About the artist:
Trained as an architect, Kim Heecheon graduated from Korea National University of Arts. As an artist, he has earned a reputation for layered and sophisticated storytelling. His video works illuminate the ways digital technology influences many aspects of society, from human perception to the ever-changing media landscape. Kim lives and works in Seoul.