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Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Asia Culture Center

REFRIGERATOR ILLUSION

The Refrigerator Illusion exhibition started with an attempt to use the refrigerator – an everyday essential and a part of everyone’s kitchen – as a lens for approaching culinary and lifestyle culture practices. It attempts to share the various issues and the stories that exist on the other side of the convenience and efficiency that the refrigerator brings us.

REFRIGERATOR ILLUSION
  • Date2021.7.2.(Fri) ~ 9.26.(Sun)
  • Time10:00 ~ 18:00
  • PlaceSpace 3 / Space 4
  • Age LimitAll Ages
  • Price Free
  • TicketFree admission
  • Contact+82-1899-5566

About
Refrigerator Illusion
Open your fridge!
Let go of your illusions about its convenience and efficiency – and take a look at its hidden sides.
The Refrigerator Illusion exhibition started with an attempt to use the refrigerator—an everyday essential and a part of everyone’s kitchen—as a lens for approaching culinary and lifestyle culture practices associated with “clothing, food, and shelter,” a major research focus for Asia Culture Research Institute (ACRI) at ACC/ACI.

Humankind’s first use of fire around 200,000 years ago brought about a revolution in food and lifestyle culture. In contrast, the history of our production and commercialization of home refrigerators accounts for only around a century of that long process of human efforts to develop the cooling technology that would allow us to “conquer the cold” by making our own artificial ice. Over that relatively short history, advancements in cooling technology and refrigerators have ushered in revolutionary changes in food storage, distribution, and consumption, as well as all aspects of our food and lifestyle culture. Thanks to refrigerators and a cold chain system that keeps food fresh at low temperatures over long periods of time, we no longer need to shop daily for fresh groceries, and we are able to consume the foods we want whenever we want, regardless of season or place of origin. There is no more need for us to expend the kinds of efforts we once did to preserve and store seasonal vegetables and fruits for long periods of time the way we did when there were no refrigerators..

But is there another side to the convenience and efficiency of the refrigerator that we have forgotten or overlooked? What sorts of impacts are we having on humankind and the environment in exchange for the comforts and conveniences that we’ve adopted, as exemplified by the refrigerator? Moreover, as human beings today face crisis situations with rising populations, resource depletion, and climate change, is it really healthy and sustainable for us to continue with our refrigerator-dependent food storage, production, distribution, and consumption patterns within the capitalist global food system?

Originating in these questions, the exhibition Refrigerator Illusion looks at the history of human efforts to control the cold, the evolution of refrigerators, and changing patterns of food and lifestyle culture. Through the work of visual artists, designers, and makers together with documentary film footage and broadcast content, it attempts to share the various issues and the stories that exist on the other side of the convenience and efficiency that the refrigerator brings us. We also look forward to providing a setting for considering and discussing better methods of food storage and consumption, as well as healthier and more sustainable foods and food cultures for the sake of the future.
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Curator / Participating Artist
Hosted by
Asia Culture Center
Planned and produced by
Asia Culture Institute
Curators
  • Curated by Soyean GOAK, Hyoyoon SHIM (Asia Culture Institute)
  • Associate curators: Xia Yanguo (China), Penwadee Nophaket Manont (Thailand)
Artists
Jun YANG (Based in based in Vienna, Taipei, and Yokohama) | Sangun HO (South Korea) | Goen CHOI (South Korea) | Minje JEON (South Korea) | Meewha LEE/ E. J. Domoso (South Korea) | TAO Hui (China) | Unhappy Circuit (South Korea) | Quatre Caps (Spain) | Elia NURVISTA (Indonesia) | Kosuke ARAKI (Japan) | Rice Brewing Sisters Club (South Korea) | Jihyun David (Italy, South Korea) | Noplug People (South Korea) | Adisak PHUPA (Thailand) | Jangdong Collective (South Korea)
Major Works
Jun YANG, The Emperor of China’s Ice, 2019
Mixed media, Children’s book, wood construction, video, Dimensions variable, Photo courtesy of Austrian Sculpture Park
Sangun Ho, Around the Refrigerator, 2021
Drawing installation, Pencil and color pencil on paper, Dimensions variable
Meewha LEE/ E. J. Domoso, 2,000kcal–0kcal (Refrigerator type C), 2021
Object installation, Mixed materials, Dimensions variable
Quatre Caps, Not Longer Life, 2019
Digital print, Dimensions variable
Elia NURVISTA, Gastronocene, 2021
Mixed media, Mixed materials, Dimensions variable
Jihyun David, Save Food from the Fridge, 2009
2009–ongoing, Mixed media, Mixed materials, Dimensions variable
Adisak PHUPA, Into Tranquility Blue, 2021
Mixed media, Single-channel HD docufiction video, Still photos in light boxes, Archival painting, Dimensions variable, Still image
Rice Brewing Sisters Club, Social Fermentation Archive, 2021
Mixed media, Mixed materials, Dimensions variable
Jangdong Collective, Gut (good) Place: For Every Jo Wangs, 2021
Mixed meida, Mixed materials, Dimensions variable
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