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To encode the things around us for the purpose of making them marketable, we have developed devices such as barcodes and laser beams. But there are many more codes hidden in man-made objects. The dents in a tube of paint or the grooves in a bolt make up a series, chocolate is a relationship between ingredients, and a padlock is a combination of various kinds of metal. And nature also has its own progressions and rhythms. A mountain range on the horizon is a sequence, the veins in the leaves of a tree have a structure, the skin of a human being is furrowed and wrinkled in a way that is unique for each individual. In 67/97, these kinds of codes are being explored and made electronically audible.
A laser beam traces the colours of a label and the edge of a crab…€™s shell. A finger glides over the straining skin of a pregnant stomach, and over a soft upper lip. You can see a mosaic of pigeons that have settled on a feeding platform, the pins of a computer plug, and the insides of a typewriter. In this way, Seoungho Cho lets a stream of registrations pass in front of us, all in time to a recurring rhythm. It makes you realize how great the difference is between a systematic structure and the chaos of nature, and therefore how miraculous it also is that we are able to know and recognize the world about us..
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