Video Installation- Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho


El Fin Del Mondo (The End of the World)


BY: LIAU SHU JUAN

It is the year XXXX AD. The world has faced a major catastrophe and is in a ruinous condition. Sounds familiar?

Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, El Fin Del Mondo (The End of the World), 2012, 2-channel video installation.

Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, El Fin Del Mondo (The End of the World), 2012, 2-channel video installation.

This is not a sci-fi, apocalyptic film, think ‘War of the Worlds’ and ‘The Day After Tomorrow’, but a 2-channel video installation ‘El Fin Del Mondo (The End of the World)’ by Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho showing two contrasting worlds in the far future.

On the left screen, an artist, apparently, the sole survivor of a dystopia; morosely collects a miniature Christmas tree and places it on a table, in his run-down artist studio. More ‘refuse’ items follow, in his bid to ‘sculpt’ a human bust with the junk items collected from an apocalyptic landscape.

On the right, screening simultaneously, is a post-apocalyptic world, set in a futuristic laboratory. A young lady in a sterilized jumpsuit, prepares to enter a high-tech all-white facility as she listens to a recorded mechanical female voice, instructing her to refrain from showing or developing any emotions. She steps in and begins her work of analyzing the different plant species from our present day.

Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, El Fin Del Mondo (The End of the World), 2012, 2-channel video installation.

Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, El Fin Del Mondo (The End of the World), 2012, 2-channel video installation.

From afar, they look almost like a taxidermy collection of insects. Suddenly, lights begin to flicker and from the corner of her eyes, she sees-

A string of everyday Christmas tree lights from Mr Artist’s apocalyptic world.

She puts it on around her head, like a crown of thorns, not knowing its function. The lights continue to flicker and glow and she seems to gain an understanding, a primal glimpse of the past. Meanwhile, the artist continues to mould and sculpt his junk-bust. He leaves it on his workstation, a strange work of art, and maybe the last. The lady meanwhile realizes that her emotions are getting the better of her. The lights from the past give vigorous life and energy to this future. She hurriedly puts it in a high security case, takes one last look at the room and leaves it, case in hand.

Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, El Fin Del Mondo (The End of the World), 2012, 2-channel video installation.

Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, El Fin Del Mondo (The End of the World), 2012, 2-channel video installation.

Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, El Fin Del Mondo (The End of the World), 2012, 2-channel video installation.

Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, El Fin Del Mondo (The End of the World), 2012, 2-channel video installation.

It is ironic that the artist sees death as he stares at his only companionship, his ‘work of art’, while the scientist sees life as she stares at a piece of everyday object from the past. Emmanuel Kant talks about the aesthetic pleasure in art. Be it a severed head or a piece of apple, we enjoy it and see it as a refine object of contemplation, or something to take pleasure, a feast for the eyes. Moon and Jeon’s ‘End of the World’ scenes, be it a dusty string of Christmas tree lights or the junk-bust hence became works of art.

However, the artists’ questions about the future, ‘will art still be around? ‘will sunsets still be beautiful?’ are intriguing and impactful. They probe more inquiries and curiosity about the state of art in the distant future.

‘Will art still be around?

‘Will sunsets still be beautiful?’

Email: mondaymuseum@outlook.com

Disclaimer: All views on the site are solely of the author’s and in no way are a representation of any individuals or organizations.

Copyright © 2013 Liau Shu Juan.

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