name against the same sound
Name Against the Same Sound
organized by Howie Chen at Baxter St CCNY, 2018
Name Against the Same Sound investigates the geopolitical conditions of the English language through examining E.S.L (English as a Second Language) learning resources. Chun’s work explores the technological and ideological machinery underlying the process of cultural assimilation and translation. The exhibition presents a space to be read and decoded: redacted pages from ESL workbooks, fragments of audio from YouTube tutorials, manipulated imagery from standardized tests, and abstracted graphemes are presented in various form. Mediated by the process of abstraction and the poetry of translation, Chun’s works consider conditions and aesthetics of readability. The provocation consistent in Chun’s exhibition is a decentering of English as the world’s most dominant, “common” language: Could English ever become secondary? Could visual language come first? Could poetry, or 한글?