"I create temporarily alternative conditions, with an attempt to regain with provisional means, societal fields, which seem to be completely occupied by conglomerates."
mycheongjuchandelierchohab consists of nine artists from Cheongju, including myself. We share the same interest in making chandeliers. We are equal in the sense that none of us has any previous experience or knowledge of making chandeliers. Though the other artists were university students at the time when we started, this is not a university project. It is not a class and the traditional student-teacher relation does not apply because in terms of chandelier production I cannot teach them anything. For all of us mycheongjuchandelierchohab is an environment of self-learning and self-organisation. “Chohab” means “Cooperative” in Korean, which defines the working relationship among the members of the group. Every artist is the author of their individual production and keeps their rights on their individual pieces, but the products are exhibited collectively. We produce site-specific chandeliers. Chandeliers enhance the importance of a space. Historically chandeliers were placed in meaningful sites such as palaces or churches. At such places they were companions of works of art. Chandeliers are ostentatious and they emphasize the significance of locations in a spectacular way. The works explore the relations between art, craft, design and how an object may become meaningful. How does an object become a lamp? How does a lamp become design? How does design become a chandelier and how does a chandelier become a work of art? When I look at the portfolio of multinational corporations, I ask myself: How come one corporation can build houses, ships, televisions, cell phones and cars at the same time? This is certainly not because a multi-talented genius is heading the conglomerate. It is not a matter of expertise. Yet the conglomerate can start any business at any time. This is the power of money, the god of commodities as Marx classified it. It is the all-mightiness of capital. mycheongjuchandelierchohab uses ideas, attitude and imagination rather than capital to create chandeliers. It is an exploration of creative powers in relation to the power of capital.
김서연 (Kim Seo Yeon) "Chandelier-360-811/조각 (Chogak)"