Mashed Potato (2020)



WRM Gallery; Seoul, KOR

Museums resemble older ritual sites not so much because of their specific architectural references but because they, too, are settings for ‘rituals’. There is a social construct of how one should behave within certain decorum. The participants remain anonymous, and follow prescribed forms of conduct. The visitors enact the ritualistic behavior that occurs in the secular setting of museums or galleries.

The exhibition 《 Mashed Potato 》 provides a mock-up setting as a test ground to experiment and reconsider physical and non-physical ritualistic behaviour in the well-mannered milieu of a gallery environment. Visitors are being conducted with the help of an “Audio Instructional Guide” that widens their perception and evokes unexpected behaviour in correspondance with the objects in space that are habitually declared as works of art in the omnipresent white cube setting.


「Directive Curation」 is a simulation service that helps museums and audiences to reflect and re-examine their own behavioral patterns. 《 Mashed Potato 》 questions and expands the exhibition space, artworks, and the audience through its audio guide.

「Directive Curation」은 미술관과 관객에게 그들 자신이 가지고 있던 관습적인 행동 양식을 다시금 점검하고 나아가 새롭게 구성할 수 있도록 돕는 시뮬레이션 서비스이다. 「Directive Curation」은 자체적인 오디오 가이드를 통해 그것이 어떠한 전시인가, 어떠한 전시였는가를 초월하는 화법으로 전시 공간, 작가, 작품, 관객에 대한 접근을 확장적으로 해석한다.

「Directive Curation」은 서비스 이름이자 팀 이름이기도 하며, 팀의 구성원으로는 김슬비, 김현서, 티슈 오피스Tissue Office(이상익, 이승아, 이창훈, 조영), Christian Tenefrancia Illi가 있다.