Don Yoon Kim
‘Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place’.
From Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking Glass’ The ‘Red Queen’s effect’ is an evolutionary hypothesis and is derived from above mentioned quote used by the Red Queen in the story: species have to ‘run’ or evolve in order to stay in the same place or remain extant. In this excessed, globalized society we are constantly exposed to the multicultural world. It brings endless questions of identity; we have to compete harder and harder to maintain the current status. In my latest work, my concern is focused on the individual’s position in these circumstances. Having a constant struggling life, I doubt the human’s ability to retain and persevere through all those endless events, so I explored the edge of our unstable memories from direct and indirect experiences.The idea of selecting objects and places in this series ‘Memory’ comes from Marc Auge’s ‘non-places’. In his book Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity he refers to anthropological spaces of transience, places that hold not enough significance.