Copyright 2016 Ahram Jeong all rights reserved.

우연히 살아남은 내가 (Accidental Survivor), 2016 ~
HD 비디오 사운드 설치, 마이크, 프롬프터, 쌍방향 거울, 무대, 스피커, 가변크기

‘강남역 살인사건’ 이후 여성 희생자를 추모하는 포스트-잇 메시지 아카이브 중에서 한 여성의 죽음과 관계하여 자신의 '살아남음'을 이야기하는 말들에 주목하여 원고문을 만들고, 한국인으로 완전히 통합되지 않는 아시아계 이주민 남녀가 이를 이야기한다. 프롬프터의 흐르는 텍스트가 화면에 노출된 채, 포스트-잇메시지를 수행하는 과정에서 드러나는 퍼포머의 서툴고 낯선 음성, 억양, 표현은 텍스트와의 관계 맺기를 드러낸다. 이러한 관계적 구조를 통해, 익명적 메시지는 원저자인 ‘한국 여성’이라는 집단적 정체성을 넘어서 또 다른 권력구조 내 타자의 생존에 대한 것으로 그 의미를 확장한다. 영상과 함께 설치를 통해 발화 공간을 무대화한다.

Accidental Survivor consists of video presenting performers reading a script and assisting devices and platform for speaking. The script is put together by the artist and its text is made up of a number of Post-it notes memorializing a female murder victim, putting on exit 10 of Gangnam Station, Seoul, in 2016. The death draws emotional responses from Korean women and the script focuses mostly on the messages of speaking their own experiences of being 'survived' in relation to an woman's death.
The script is recited in Korean by both male and female performers who have recently migrated to Korea but have yet to be fully integrated. The source of their recitation is revealed to be the scrolling text of a teleprompter - a machine that a public speaker such as a journalist or politician uses to read scripts, usually hidden from spectators’ view. The perceivable differences and ackwardness in the speakers’ deliveries reveal a process of relating with the text that enables us to identify with and distance ourselves from the original authors of the Post-it notes. Furthermore, this relational structure and our ability to internalize a narrative expands beyond the subject of the collective identity and authorial voice of Korean women, into power structures in general. Through the mediation and appropriation of others, the work explores a potential transformation of textual meaning and their dependence. The work includes an installation that features a stage that acts as a space for public speaking. Here, mediation between speaker and listener, words and speaker, identification and misidentification take place internally and externally.