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5100 Pentagon: 10th Gwangju Biennale 2014, Gwangju, South Korea 2014.

posted on 2021-03-28, 23:46 authored by Young In HongYoung In Hong
A ritualistic flash mob performance that re interprets a moment in history, 5100: Pentagon explores modes of memorialisation and the potential of group subjectivity to challenge socio political hierarchies.

This item contains a project outline, an exhibition leaflet and press release, 12 choreography drawings, 1 performance image and 9 Gwangju rehearsal photos, a video demonstration of movements, social media project links, 2 adapted score sheets and an audio piano guide to the performance music.

This item documents the creation and performance of 5100 Pentagon at the 10th Gwangju Biennale in 2014. The project was a ritualistic memorialisation of the violent Gwangju Uprising on 18th May 1980, a seminal moment in history, marking the emergence of democracy in South Korea. Volunteers were invited through an online open call to appear in the gallery space to interpret and perform a series of gestural movements accompanied by volunteer musicians, and then to leave. 5100: Pentagon was performed differently by a separate group of participants each week, with no restrictions in age, gender or experience with each iteration activating and re contextualising a past seminal event it in the present as an act of resistance.

Photography and videography by Young In Hong. Used with permission.

Leaflet and promotional material courtesy of Gwangju Biennale.

The archival images partially included as references alongside the drawings made by Young In Hong as a part of the choreography were drawn from her research at the Seoul Museum of History and other archival sources, and used with permission.

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