The way capitalist society works is neither romantic nor tragic. Everything
is constantly explored, consumed, and recycled in massive production forces
beyond human endurance. Our body and senses are artificial-ized and territorial-ized
by massive 'Desiring-production' through fanta-plastic technology and
media. I am interested in a gap between mass romantic myths and personal
boundary and sensibility. Using my body as a medium of experimentation
and as a battlefield, I seek the way to reveal blatant exploitation of
the human body and sexuality in our culture.
VITAL X: KISSING PROJECT 1999-2001 A single channel video/color/stereo/Total
Running Time: 20 min. 30 sec. Looped
How is it possible to believe in romance when you have lost your faith
in true love?
Vital X: Kissing Project is a video documentation of an ongoing project
in which I ask strangers to kiss me passionately while on camera. My experience
of living in a foreign country has been always marked with my Asian appearance.
It is not easy to feel at home when you are constantly being objectified
like an export product. Whatever you do, you can't strip your skin.
"I had this attitude that you'd learn more about different places by sleeping
with someone than you would do by actually travelling." Tracey Emin
Like a dog that marks its territory with urination, I mark foreign cityscapes
with intimate kisses, and declare my existence in this society. I wanted
to meet people on the street, and capture spontaneous, unexpected situations
in public/commercial spaces.
So-called public space is perverted, challenging anyone who walks in the
space with dynamics of powers. To engage in promiscuous sexual behavior
with a stranger in the public space liberates one's mind from cultural
Vital X is a sacred, romantic, and unforgotten sensation between two strangers.
Unnamed desires and moments recorded on the project are vital.