Byungseo Yoo - Living and Thinking as artist practice #02
Living in Zk/U, Thinking about Arts.
Last winter, I landed in Berlin. I was selected as P.s Berlin Residency artist. It is program of Can foundation Seoul and I was first and only artist who it sent however there was no support for cost of living. It was hard time because I haven`t got a money. So ironically I had to work while I`ve sent for art work.
I can`t work in germany because I`m not supposed to (it is illegal) so I had to work in seoul. Mainly it was writing and translation. And I have another small business. It is bottle picking. Unlike Seoul, here in Berlin has funny system called 'refund'. When you return a empty beer bottle, they give you back 8 cents for each. Germans in general are beer lover so it is kind of easy job. So daytime I go to exhibition and on the way back I pick empty bottle. And In the night I write and think. So basically What I have done so far (in last 4 months) was living and thinking.
But I`m a artist so I have to think about art. I have to create something. Just Living and thinking can not be creation. So I have think about how I can create art piece in the situation where I belong. I have thought and thought, think in day and night. I have thought a lot. And finally I have sort of conclusion that I can create art in where I am now. It is 'Living and Thinking' combination. I mean, 'Living and Thinking', not 'living' and 'thinking'. Just 'living' is 'living' and 'Thinking' is 'Thinking' but 'Living And Thinking' combined, there is tiny possibilities that it could be a creation. A creation on context of contemporary art.
I have thought that the ideology is the gap in between the idea and the reality. So for me, it is a art practice to dismiss the gap inbetween my IDEA (Thinking about arts) and the reality (Living in ZK/U) So the following works such as the writings , drawings, and photographs as well as videos and sculpture, and the installations are my practice to dismiss the ideology which belongs to my daily life where I have been, and being in.