When All Things Evaporate, We'll Talk About Minerals
When All Things Evaporate We’ll Talk About Minerals is a one-night event focusing on the interaction between man, nature and culture, and the ways in which participants aspire the unknown and the uncertain beyond the imaginable. This show takes the human body as object/subject and natural objects as substance/projected meanings. The body of work is devided in two parts: nature before the imprinting of human marks and construction of language and after. With various co-operants whose identities are multiplied in networks, The Minerals presents various live performances among natural objects. The performers re-establish new relationships as they constantly act together with each other, with all the other objects and the audience. The show is a performative and collective endeavor.
Co-operant; a thing or a person that spontaneously operates with others; working in cooperation, man and nature intimately (John Collier, born 1884)
Dreaming Co-operant: Jaewook Lee
Architectural Co-operant: Simone Couto
Echo Co-operant(sound design): Jihyun Lee
Non-human Co-operant: various natural and human-made objects including a meteorite-shaped object made out of a book about meteorites, books about primary forms next to crystal rocks, and geometric shapes, among others.
A yoga practitioner, a meditation practitioner, a jewelry designer, and a material scientist join to talk with the audience about the relationship between art, the human body, and nature during the event. Connectors are mediators between art works and the audience.
Less is Known on Earth
Less is Known on Earth is the second iteration of Jaewook Lee's part from When All Things Evaporate We’ll Talk About Minerals. In the outdoor park at Carnegie Mellon University, this installation explores the relationship between the Earth itself and the way that our mind projects meanings onto it. The project presents objects on Earth back in question, revealing their irreducible qualities beyond our comprehension. The premises are to think about the Earth as a living organism, and to grasp the earth’s perspective to look at the world. It broadens the subject of art more worldly, including the world of non-human beings. The visitors encounter natural objects like the sheep brains, scented plants, trees, and soils together. They also meet a dreaming woman while smelling a scented plant, a woman implanting scented plants on the sheep brains, and a woman delivering the scented plants to the visitors' noses.