live performancewith installation
soap with Ahn’s essential oil, water, sink, plaster statue, soil
#0, AHN WAS HERE; ROOM 119
Here, ROOM 119 is my first studio in my life, a space like a womb where all my creations are cultivated. It is a pity that this incubator, where all my worries, failures, smells, sounds, and sighs, have stayed for a while, is reaching the last moment. Nonetheless, I would like to celebrate the new start of this space, which will be re-birthed like that tree through the windows, which has shown new leaves every year after sending out old leaves.
#1, Rebirth, Baptism
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
"No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet."
Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
#2, Gott ist tot.
God is dead.
God remains dead.
And we have killed him.
How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?
Die frohlich Wissenschaft, 1882, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
#3, New Salvation, New Rebirth; let’s wash our hands
This soap made out of mixing essential oils extracted from Ahn's actual body and various fragrances. He formulated his individuality using the subjective olfactory language and objective biotechnological pattern and planned the performance to wash and share his essence with others in the installation, LIQUID LOVE.
*pic.1~7, Almicheal Fraay as photographer (Courtesy of TAC-Temporary Art Centre)
*pic.8~10, Studio Ahn Sung Hwan