In Versus, 20 participants are asked to sit down in place on a crescent moon shaped chair that is specially designed for the performance. Each participant is to find a person whom they have never met before, and then the pair takes a seat face to face and with heads leaned on the right shoulder of the partner. All participants are asked to close eyes and refrain from talking during their sitting. The point is to relax and spend about 15 minutes in that position of leaning on and or against each other.
Versus was conceived as Chun was contemplating about the meaning of the words "human -being" in Chinese character that appears like the up side down Y. Like any simple hieroglyphic character is an allusion to an actual imagery, the upside down Y ( that means human ) inspired Chun to see that we as human beings are dependant creatures that need lean on others to stand strong on any ground. In Versus, the artist explores this notion of leaning on and /or against other as an act of our inevitable existential act of dependence on others. Chun carefully suggests that in this innate dependence on others we could find comfort and affection to a degree but we can also find ourselves in negative situation by being burdens to each other. Done in silence, participants experience that 15 minutes of leaning on another person demand lots of endurance and physical strength. Versus in essence is a performance about relationships and their pre-requisites.
Kyung Woo Chun is a Korean artist based in Germany.
1pm Performance of VERSUS in Times Square
5pm Performance of VERSUS in Times Square
Reception and Artist's Talk for VERSUS in Times Square