Jisun Kim

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What comes after


To believe that you know something exactly is perhaps dangerous. At least, it is for me. In Jean-Luc Godard’s “Film Socialisme” [English title: “Socialism”], children say they won’t speak to people using the verb “to be” and instead try to use the verb “have”. During the residency period, I made an attempt to leave behind the potential for a new system by avoiding using the verb “to be” with regard to a number of keywords and Japan.

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Report: 1st Period of Stay in Tokyo


During my previous stay in Japan, the Lower House Election took place on December 16th, which became one of the central topics of discussion among the r:ead participants. The result, as predicted by the experts, was that the Liberal Democratic Party won 294 seats, more than half of the seats in Parliament and assumed the reins of government; Shinzo Abe became Prime Minister of Japan.

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Jisun Kim

“Even a solid and firm system is full of cracks. If such systems as national borders, capitalism and media that look strong enough were collided, a void space is rather created within this collision and a strange crack that is not illegal, nor unlawful, is generated. My activity is to bring this crack to light by analysing these systems and make myself positioned therein. I call that ‘Well-Stealing’.”(Jisun Kim)

Jisun Kim graduated from the Kaywon School of Art & Design in 2011. Afterwards, she worked as a researcher for the artist platform “Portal of Delirium and Obsession” and at the same time proceeded with her art work.

Her recent work includes “Cracking the system” (Truth is concrete series, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria, 2012), “Well-Stealing” (site-specific performance, Festival B:om, Seoul, 2012), “Desire Paths” (co-director, Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, 2011), “Stocks 3. Immigrant Migration” (Festival B:om, Seoul, 2011), and more.