pushing against the air (performance) was based on a conversation between three performers (David, Byungjun, and me). The conversation was edited into a script, and we rehearsed the whole performance numerous times; we performed three times in front of the public, once in De Appel, Amsterdam, and twice in Project Arts Centre, Dublin.


pushing against the air (performance) had the following text in the exhibition space: “It is officially considered a major error in radio broadcasting when there is even five seconds of silence on air.” This concert with talks and images is inspired by Byungjun’s radio show, World Music Journal, broadcast nationwide in Korea from 2004 to 2005.


Drawing Video is derived from the three performances of pushing against the air. It comprises the same content of telling scary stories on three different dates.


pushing against the air (video) is from my camera's point of view in the performance, which is not the whole scene presented to the live audience. pushing against the air (video) is a fragment. I have shown Pushing against the air (video) once in the exhibition, Pieces from 'in the room', at Wilkinson Gallery in 2009.









1: production still

2-7: performance still, pushing against the air, 2007, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland; curated by Tessa Giblin; courtesy of Artist (photo credit: Nina Canell)






performance still, pushing against the air, 2007, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; courtesy of Artist

(photo credit: Daniel Nicolas)



installation view, From the commanding heights…, 2007, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;

courtesy of Artist (photo credit: Daniel Nicolas)




Demeester, Anne, "Plots, Props and Loopholes: An Eye-witness Account of 'Pushing against the air'," Source Book 6: Sung Hwan Kim, Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, 2009, p49-52


Van der Sande, Brigitte, "Witness: Pushing Against the Air by Sung Hwan Kim," HTV de IJsberg 81, #008, May 2007













































































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