(ROTATING A SKULL), 2006 -
2006, Super-8 film transferred to DVD, Duration 5:23 minutes
I examined a human skull from every possible angle and filmed it against
my body part every 10 second, frame by frame with a Super-8 camera. For
the five-minute duration, I checked more than 3,000 points in total. I
carefully touched, felt, and appreciated it. Holding a real human skull
for the first time, I was very impressed by the flawless shape and structure
of this organic object --- the texture, the weight, and the complexion.
As I held the object in my hands continuously for a good amount of time,
I started loosing the touch and even the sight. Not only did I get numb
on my fingers and palms, but the appearance of the skull also became abstract.
The perception was abstracted by the repetitious movement.
In this action, what I see is only rubble of the fragmented details. Contrary
to my experience, the filmed image shows my static body and the busy movements
of my hands and the rotating skull, which looks like a gray ball. I am
interested in blurring a border between the real and the representation,
between what I see and what actually being seen.
WORLD, 2006 -
2006, C-Print, 48"x33"
UNTITLED (ROTATING A SKULL) is a tandem piece to this photographic series,
THE WORLD. In both works, the materiality of the skull is left ambiguous,
but the former piece literally represents the outer view of the world,
the rotating skull as a glove/microcosm, and the latter represents the
The photographs in THE WORLD are the detail views of the cranium, a set
of bones to construct the braincase that holds and protects the brain.
I photographed through the foramen magnum, a large hole at the base of
the skull, which allows a passage of the spinal cord.
I was intrigued by the topographic look of the cranium surface, which
was undetectable in the film. A landscape is hidden in this most personal,
significant organ: the suture is a deep river or canyon, the dint is a
crater or a lake, and the wrinkles are waves or desert.