previews

Basel

GEUMHYUNG JEONG

Kunsthalle Basel
Steinenberg 7
May 3–August 11, 2019

Curated by Elena Filipovic

Technology and its pernicious impact on the body have been popular cultural topics arguably since the Industrial Revolution, but we are now submitting to even greater levels of oppression. Geumhyung Jeong mines the tense, erotic connection between human touch and animatronic presence in her videos, sculptures, and performances, which have previously explored a dramatic sexual encounter between the artist and a CPR doll and deeply humorous yet erogenous antics involving various types of gym equipment. Both performances were excruciatingly paced to confuse the real and the robotic, controller and controlled. For this exhibition, Jeong will present newly commissioned works that continue to subtly and profoundly explore the ongoing, unsettling alienation of our bodies from our selves.