Early Arrival of Future (2015) is a ten-minute video in which a defected North Korean pianist and South Korean pianist play together after they go through a process of meeting, having conversations, and reach a consensus. Through this, the artist asks and experiments what kind of meanings art can have in different systems of society, and whether artists can overcome ideological and political conflicts with an artistic imagination.
Early Arrival of Future by Sojung Jun was part of a large group exhibition at SeMA entitled Collecting for All, 2020.
For the SeMA, their collection is a public asset that’s protected by the museum and conserved in the museum storage most of the time, but it should actually be something that’s accessed and enjoyed by the public more often. Collecting for All was organised to provide a friendly everyday environment through which to take closer steps to the museum collection that reflects our very own lives.
Amongst 5,173 works in the SeMA collection, 86 works that cast a realistic reflection on our society and environment were selected, along with 45 works of the artists from the collection that deepen the meaning of the project, making up a total of 131 works presented in the exhibition.
This exhibition was presented in 6 galleries at Seoul Museum of Art, Seosomun main building. ‘Collective Lab’ presents works by collectives of two or more members, while ‘Reference Room’ consists of collections of works by female artists who explore the diverse art or histories of all times and places. A collection of various books selected from works that convey nature, is available on the view in ‘Green Library’, while new-media collections in set schedule can be experienced in the comfortable space of the ‘Media Theater’. Finally, the ‘Performance Stage’ presents a performance piece, and a fantastic work flickering with lights is featured in the ‘Crystal Gallery’. The visitors were invited to visit the spaces in the order of their preference.