El Fin Del Mondo (The End of the World)
By Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho
The artwork that most interested me was the 2-channel video installation done by Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho. When I walked into the room showing the videos, I was captivated by the fact that two different videos are playing simultaneously. I am the kind of person who never wants to miss anything when watching films and I am never good at multitasking. For me, watching two different videos at the same time was a challenge. However soon after, I have noticed the resemblance of the atmosphere, sound, and mood of two films. I thought, maybe the two videos need to be screened simultaneously in a same space to complete each other.
The film shows two different time periods in the future. One is for an artist guy. In the short film, the guy continues to work on his art project even through the catastrophe. The other screen shows how a descendant of the survivors, a female character becomes aware of the aesthetic senses after the catastrophe. I loved how the film depicts the futuristic settings by carefully chosen objects, their materials, clothes, and interior.
While making their work, Kyungwon Moon & Joonho Jeon asked themselves these questions about a future where major climate change endangers human survival;
Will today’s social systems still be relevant in this future?
What values will sustain our existence?
Will art still be around?
What will we eat and wear?
Will sunsets still be beautiful?’
Don’t they make you pause and think about art and the future?
I found these questions very intriguing. Will art still be around? Will sunsets still be beautiful?