Hyung-Gyu Kim was selected as one of last year’s finalists for the Aesthetica Art Prize, capturing the judges’ attention with his installation Chromaphone II that examines sound/colour associations from across the globe. Kim works through a range of methodologies, employing video, sculpture, sound and electronic components to forge hybrid memories and re-examine those once thought lost. Exhibiting in Japan, Korea and the USA, Kim’s Chromaphone II is the second in a series that explores the phenomenon of synesthesia, an experience of “seeing sounds” and “hearing colours.”
Re-examining the colours and sounds that have become inextricably linked with specific cultures, Kim aims to defeat pre-existing symbols, clichés and stereotypes that dictate or restrict meaning. Chromaphone II is an abstract image-song that combines sound and colour associations from the Western colour wheel and musical spectrum with the traditional Korean colour scheme and pentatonic scale.
The five wall-mounted tubes were painstakingly tuned to produce a “Korean” shade throughout the surrounding space, creating a unique audio-visual composition. Audiences are immersed in an alternative conception of colours and sounds from another land. The complex fusion of audio-visual material in this work breaks down the barriers of defined cultures, merging one form of synesthesia with another.
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1. Hyung-Gyu Kim, Chromaphone II. Aesthetica