JUNG HEE CHOI
Ahata Anahata, Manifest Unmanifest Udine
Sound and Light Environment
The Tone-field: Perceptible Arithmetical Relations in a Cycle of Eight Indian Raga Scale Permutations, 19 VI 01 – 19 VI 09, Udine, 2017 – 2019, sound environment: an audibly perceptible number-field that orbits through eight modal scales based on the ancient raga systems of India. The 24-hour cycle of The Tone-field is recalculated daily to create a modal scale that is appropriate for the time of day corresponding to the movement of the Sun in Udine, Italy.
RICE, 1999, variable dimensions; multi-channel video installation.
Light Point Drawing #31, 2019, 48 x 48 inches, mixed media: black wrap with pinholes, white diffusion gel, colored gels and LED lights.
I have presented series of environmental compositions involving the concept of ‘Manifest, Unmanifest’ created with various media including video, drawing, incense, performance and sound. This synthesis of expression collectively creates an intersubjective space as a unified continuum. In rejecting our current mode of perception that stresses ‘sight’ as the primary model of organizing the sensorium, this series of works emphasizes the totality of sense perceptions as a single unit to create a state of immersion.
The multi-channel video installation, RICE (1999) contains abstract and non-objective images. The video is a realization of ever-changing sustained images. There can be an ever-larger number of fluctuations of ever-smaller amplitude. Unlike a repetitive optical pattern, the RICE images are a process in time that reflects the self-organized formation systems used to create structure by all living things in nature.
The Tone-field: Perceptible Arithmetical Relations in a Cycle of Eight Indian Raga Scale Permutations, 19 VI 01 – 19 VI 09, Udine is a time-space specific sound installation, which contains 8 modal scales, each of which includes frequency relationships to be sustained as a simultaneous chord. Each modal scale contains 46 to 64 continuous sine wave frequencies precisely tuned to specific ratios stretched across ten octaves. In The Tone-field, the space and the musical structure are concomitant where the space becomes the musical scale. The listener’s body is completely enveloped by sound and shares its dimensions with the numerical structure of the present intervallic ratios.
Copyright © Jung Hee Choi 2003, 2017, 2019
Jung Hee Choi, artist/musician, works in video, performance, sound and multi-media installations. Choi’s work has been presented in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including FRAC Franche-Comté, France; Berliner Festspiele, Germany; Dia Art Foundation, Guggenheim Museum and MELA Foundation Dream Houses, NYC; FRESH Festival, Bangkok; Korea Experimental Arts Festival. The New York Times listed Choi’s Tonecycle for Blues performed by her Sundara All Star Band as one of The Best Classical Music Performances of 2017. Commissioned by MELA Foundation, her video sound performance and installation, RICE, was chosen as one of The 10 Best of 2003 in the December Artforum. Choi, disciple of La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela in the classical Kirana vocal tradition, founded with them The Just Alap Raga Ensemble in 2002 and has performed as vocalist in every concert, including those at the MELA Dream House, the Pandit Pran Nath Memorial Tribute Tour in Berlin, Karlsruhe and Polling, Germany in 2012, the Yoko Ono Courage Award ceremony, the Guggenheim Third Mind Live and the Merce Cunningham Memorial celebration in 2009. Her work is in the collection of Frac Franche-Comté, MELA Foundation and Dia Art Foundation. Choi graduated BA summa cum laude, and received her MA in art and sound from NYU. Choi has been the director of the presentation of Young and Zazeela’s installations and performances including the Centre Pompidou-Metz, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and LA Philharmonic 100 year celebration performance of The Second Dream of The High-Tension Line Stepdown Transformer in Dream Light. Choi’s works are currently being presented concomitantly with Zazeela’s light and Young’s sound creating a continuous collaborative Sound and Light Environment in the MELA Dream House in New York.