The title of the exhibition is Verfremdungseffekt (distancing effect), which is a Brechtian term that refers to the idea of preventing the viewer from losing oneself completely in the narrative and instead allowing them to become a 'conscious, critical observer'.
Michael’s Verfremdungseffekt is a multi-part installation linked to a new public sculpture installed in the Peace and Culture Plaza in Cheorwon. Placed in the Civilian Control Zone, a patrolled area that directly borders the demilitarised zone, Joo’s site-driven project there revolves around the collection and displacement of seven natural volcanic boulders surrounding a monumental cast cement sculpture that is itself made up of digitally scanned and enlarged fragments from small samples of volcanic rock collected along the Hantan River. This major artwork was commissioned by the Real DMZ Project, and produced through extensive collaboration with TechCapsule, a robotic craft workshop and lab that experiments with various technologies, and University of Seoul Sewoon Campus.
Pictured: Installation view of 2018 Art Sonje Project #4: Michael Joo – Verfremdungseffekt
Art Sonje Center, 2018
Photo: Taxu Lee
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