Architectural Breathing 2021
A Project by Sora Kim, 2020–202X
‹Architectural Breathing 2021› began on November 27th at 22:00:00 KST and ended at 22:35:47 KST. See you in 2022.
Performers: Anna-Maria Hefele, Ashit Nergui, BATZORIG Vaanchig, Chang U Choi, Hyunjin Bek, Tomas FUJIWARA
Sora Kim’s work is a map of floating movement, language, and illusion captured as an aspect, and also the trajectory of a ball thrown in all directions. The artist offers clues composed of a minimal amount of language to her collaborators in the position of an observer and then collects the processes of their interpretations. Starting from such undetermined clues, the results are united for a while but soon scattered in the form of sound, installation, or performance beyond language. Her work is everything yet nothing at the same time, revealing the world’s invisible possibilities and its weight of almost zero.
Anna-Maria Hefele is a German polyphonic overtone singer currently based in Schärding, Austria. Overtones are pitches higher than the lowest pitch, implying that a note received as one sound to the naked ear actually consists of multiple frequencies. By accentuating secondary resonances that exist in any note sung, Hefele filters and expands the elements and characteristics of various sounds inherent in the human voice, creating a new chord. She frequently collaborates with contemporary ballet, circus, and dance theatre productions, performing worldwide with various ensembles, choirs, and orchestras.
Ashit Nergui is a musician based in Ulaanbaatar, practicing Mongolian traditional string instrument morin khuur and overtone throat singing called khoomei. Since 1999, Ashit has been the lead khoomei singer and morin khuur player of the State Morin Khuur Ensemble. He studied classical music and violin at the Music and Dance College in Ulaanbaatar City. Nergui took part in the 58th Venice Biennale Mongolian Pavilion's performance ‹A Temporality› in 2015 and has performed in over 40 countries, at venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, UNESCO Hall in Paris, and San Giovanni Maggiore Cathedral in Naples.
Batzorig Vaanchig is a musician and educator based in Ulaanbaatar, who plays the traditional Mongolian string instrument morin khuur, and overtone throat singing called khoomei. He is currently a member of Khusugtun, a band comprised of folk musicians that merge traditional Mongolian instruments and throat singing with western music. In 2009, Vaanchig was named Best Officer of Culture and, in 2018, was awarded the highest state honor, the Order of the Polar Star, by the government of Mongolia. He has performed at various venues worldwide, including the Rubin Museum and the United Nations HQ in New York, and recently started a childrens’ morin khuur center in Ulaanbaatar.
Chang U Choi is a bassist and educator born in Valencia, Venezuela. After finishing high school in Peru, he enrolled and graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Bass Performance. Choi obtained his master’s degree in Modern American Music from Longy School of Music. Since 2003, he has set up roots in Seoul, South Korea. Chang U has performed in Peru, USA, Canada, Europe, and different parts of Asia with various artists of different genres. He is also an adjunct professor of music at Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts.
Hyunjin Bek has been actively performing across diverse fields as a painter, installation artist, performance artist, musician, actor, director, and graphic designer. This year, he has had two solo exhibitions «Bek Hyunjin: Public Hiding» (Hwaseong City Cultural Foundation, Hwaseong, 2021), «Beyond Words» (PKM Gallery, Seoul, 2021), and participated in a group show «Chronicles of the Future Superheroes» (Kunsthalle Bega, Romania, 2021). In 2017, he was one of four nominees for the Korea Artist Prize 2017 hosted by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. As a musician, Bek has recently released solo albums ‹Csimplex04› (2021) and ‹Light, Many› (2019) and is a member of indie bands Uhuhboo Project and Bahngbek. His featured films as an actor include ‹Ten Months›, ‹The Day He Arrives›, ‹Gyeongju›, and ‹Keys to the Heart›.
Tomas Fujiwara is a drummer based in Brooklyn. He leads the bands Triple Double, 7 Poets Trio, and Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, has a collaborative duo with cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, is a member of the collective trio Thumbscrew, and engages in diverse work with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Mary Halvorson, Matana Roberts. In 2021, he won the Downbeat Critics Poll for Rising Star Drummer and premiered two suites of new music as part of his Roulette Residency: ‹You Don’t Have to Try› and ‹Shizuko›.
Dramaturge: Jang Un Kim
Musical Advisor: Chang U Choi
Producers: Jinyoung Shin, Katie Sangmin Lee
Video Supervisor: Jun Park
Sound Supervisor: Taesoon Jang
Technical Operator: Woosup Sim
Graphic Design: Sulki and Min
Commissioned by STUDIO SORAKIM
Produced by apparat/US
Supported by Art Council Korea