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Curating Contemporary Art (MA)

Taeyeong Kim

Parade of Pause (2023)

We present a project proposal that focuses on ideas of time and methodology, adopting the phrase ‘urgency of slowness’, borrowed from artist Celia Pym. Inspired by past Artangel projects, we are drawn to the practice of urban walking and its utilisation of pace and rhythm, which lends itself organically to slowing down.

The idea for the Parade of Pause was born out of the aim to set a rhythm for a shared parading of slowness, deliberately contrasting with the rapid speed of consumer culture that engulfs London as a city. Why Parade? The word’s origins are rooted in the Latin parare, meaning to prepare, parry to stop or halt, which resonates with the idea of slowing down. There is never a distinct, isolated sound that represents the act of parading, rather the sound of a parade becomes enmeshed with the urban circulation of place, its people and objects, creating an asynchronous symphony of everyday life. We have commissioned Lucie Štěpánková (aka Avsluta), a London-based Czech-born electro-acoustic composer and sound artist, to create a soundscape that intertwines field recordings and live improvisations with objects to accompany the parade – setting its pace and rhythm. Playing with various loops to create a polyrhythmic soundscape, Štěpánková explores ecosystemic ideas and our relation to space and one another. 

Our hope is to elicit a powerful response towards the urgency that slowness demands particularly within the environment we currently find ourselves. Slowness, in this understanding,does not simply want to take the speed out of contemporaneity but allows us to experience our present with all its different speeds and in all its complexity and diversity.

In collaboration with: Camilla Wrabetz, Ciarán Mac Domhnaill, Emma Mo, Gabriella Ackerman, Marianne Tynan, Yiran Zhu

Image: Lucie Stepankova preforming a live improvisation inside the 4DSOUND sound system, 2023. Image courtesy of Pirelli HangarBicocca 

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Taeyeong Kim is an artist and curator based in Seoul and London. As an artist she works with experimental sound and installation, delving into the creation of "context" through her practice as a mediating device, investigating the issue of identity crisis as a marginal man, employing methodology of persona with materials that reflect Korean culture.

In her recent curatorial research, she investigates the evolving landscape of exhibition making in the context of digital hybrid forms and its impact on the centrality and role of curators, through the lens of Art Council England's objectives: Let's Create. This initiative aims to ensure that everyone, everywhere, deserves to benefit from public investment in culture and creativity.

The research stems from the observation of a growing number of institutions strive to reflect the diversity and inclusivity of wider communities in exhibition-making, gaps remain in understanding the applied approaches and practices that have been advocated for a decade in policy and funding settlements.

Kim graduated from BA Fine Art and Art History at Kingston School of Art, participating in multiple private art consultancy projects and exhibitions in partnership with corporates and institutions. 

As part of RCA 2023, Kim co-curated Parade of Pause, an experimental sound-making workshop with commissioned artist Lucie Stepankova (aka Avsluta) alongside fellow students of CCA.