Brief CV
Keumhwa Kim, born in Korea in 1978, came to Berlin in 2003, where she has since worked as an independent curator. She recently completed a course in museum studies at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft. She is presently pursuing an M.A. in Art History and Art Technology at the Technische Universität Berlin. In 2008 she curated the exhibition “Face to Face” at the Korean Embassy. The following year, Keumhwa co-curated an exhibition at the NGBK in Berlin which examined the history of Korean emigration to Germany against the backdrop of the Cold War (“Shared.Divided.United”). Her show “Me–We,” to be mounted in Seoul in 2012, will present works of Korean and Berlin artists who grapple with the tension between individualization and modern power structures, “the dual constraints of modern society.”
Curatorial Statement
I am in a test module for living in space. My atmosphere is fully recycled by the plans and the soil they are rooted in, and by the labyrinth of noisy ductwork and pipes strung through the foliage. Neither the green plants alone nor the heavy machines alone are sufficient to keep me alive. Rather it is the union of sun-fed life and oil-fed machinery that keeps me going. The realm of the born- all that is nature- and the realm of the made- all that is humanly constructed- are becoming one. Kevin Kelly, Out of Control(1994) Health is an issue that is closely linked to daily life, and a growing interest in health issues influences our everyday way of living. On a daily basis we encounter everything from countless health tips, medical innovations, nutritional advice, to new organic products. But is this enough to lead a healthy life, all this information and practical advice? What does health mean in our urban life? How does the concept of health behave in relation to the urban and the meridian system? And how can this be reflected aesthetically? The subway system is just one of many examples that characterize urban life. The Berlin underground system, which had its origins early in the twentieth century, is proof of both the creative spirit as well as the technical progress of humanity. By means of electrical systems, machinery and the continuous circulation of energy, it is set into motion: It connects people with the city, and accelerates our everyday life. Processes, motion, and materialization are all things that regulate not only our diurnal urban life, but also the universe. Their origins, which the Taoists refer to as “Qi”, come from a primal energy within nature. The constant circulation of this primal energy or Qi is the basis on which people live in their living environments, and are linked with one another. In this project, Metrotopie, we resort to the Chinese ancient philosophy of “Qi”, and investigate the connective primal energy of the city and of human life by transforming a subway carriage into a "biotope”. The plants, taken from their original places, are planted in an architecturally defined urban place, a subway carriage. Can the plants survive the urban system? In the estrangement of the plants from their original places emerges a contradiction between meridian energy and the urban system. Does the urban system stand in opposition to our healthy life? Through the transformation of the subway carriage into a biotope by two artists, Anne Dukhee Jordan (Korea/Berlin) and Shira Wachsmann (Israel/ Berlin), the interrelationship between humans, meridian energy, and urban life is critically questioned.