This landscape always seemed outrageous to us. Development has existed since we first encountered the world where we are now living, and it’s making progress at this very moment. In this world, development has been the past, the present and also the future. Because we know development will be there in the future, it is that much more tedious. The action of development is not simply about plowing over the land. It is also the action of turning over time and space, and thereby creating a world where there is no yesterday or tomorrow, only today. Then how can we settle down in such a world where is no tomorrow. In order to a middle class in Korea to be maintained, it must at least buy and sell apartments more than three times to earn the profits. The construction of a new apartment in the 70s in South Korea starts with the empty area where is nothing. The white line on this land is a floor plan of a typical apartment house in the '7~80s, designed to illustrate the shape of an apartment to people who have not seen it in the past. There are two types of wooden signs on the floor plan: first of them are such as ‘hall’ and ‘veranda’ to emphasize modern apartment life. (Korean apartments are almost no corridors.) The other is traditional names such as ’Ondolbang’* and ‘Byeonso’**. The names of the wooden signs reveal the desire for a modern future and the unfulfilled customs of traditional life that still remain.
*Ondolbang: A room that heats the entire floor through a flue of a hypocaust when a fire is started in the fireplace. It is a heating system developed in Korea and China’s East Northern area, Mongolia, etc
**Byeonso: it’s an old term indicating toilet or a sanitation used for disposal of human urine and feces.
Founded in 2002 in Seoul, Korea by CHO Jieun, YANG Chulmo.
Live and work in Seoul, Korea.
mixrice (CHO Jieun, YANG Chulmo) is the duo team who explore various traces and processes, routes, results and memories of circumstances caused by “Immigration”.
Their current work illustrates transportation and evolution of plants, unexpected situations and contexts around immigrants through photography, video and cartoon.