YoungEun Kim

The Units of the World according to Semicolon
video, stereo sound
25min 54sec

In the story, “The Units of the World According to ;Semicolon”, there appear 12 punctuation marks, such as the :(colon), “ “(quotations), -(hyphen), ...(ellipsis), →(arrow), and ( )(parentheses), that have their own names and shapes but no sounds. These marks, which originally have specific functions and places in sentences but don’t have particular sounds, are given “voices” to represent their respective characters. All stories are narrated with the tentative voice of the Semicolon and the drama ends with a chorus of all the punctuation marks.

The three elements, image, sound, and text are sometimes descriptive, symbolically connected and disconnected. The artist overpasses dichotomy between immaterial and material, invisible and visible, and scientific and artistic domains, and uses allegory of   noise play in the way of new understanding and relocating the world through the arousing of listening action. The author presents arbitrariness of language which is a conventional medium for listening as a ‘functional’ narration by foreigners, giving new meanings and names for the marks which have been ‘functionally’ used in paperwork where the language is visualized.
- Excerpts from review written by Eun Young Chae

(Video Still by Sung Taek Lee)