Ob.scene 6

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Ob.scene 6, Suwon: Specter Press, 2016. Published in conjunction with the exhibition Void at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, 12 October 2016–5 February 2017. Offset lithography, saddle-stitched, page size 297 x 420 mm, 24 pp. Co-authored with Seong Hee Kim and Hyun-Suk Seo.

Ob.scene is a performing arts journal focused on the “things out of the stage.” The sixth number is a printed response to the previous issue, which took the form of an installation-performance in a physical space. The text is a collage of quotes from other books, films or songs. The sources range from Bataille and Bejamin to Barthes and Badiou, from Reich’s musicology to Kim Jong-il’s architectural theory, from Matsuo Bashō’s seventeenth-century haiku to Baudelaire’s nineteenth-century poem, from Lewis Carroll’s nineteen-century novel to Borges’s twentieth-century novel, and from Antonioni’s twentieth-century film to Herzog’s twenty first-century documentary. The fragmentary texts and images grope for the meaning of void, trying to imagine its impossible forms. The text partially responds to the space of the museum, and the incompletely mimetic typography partially responds to the text.