Blowout! DC Performance Art Festival, Hillyer Art Space, June 16, 2012
Ginny Huo, Pass the Message
“My family’s process of assimilation into an American life has greatly impacted my work. I have found that my understanding of the Korean culture has been primarily through my mother’s cautionary stories. I was raised to believe that sleeping with an electric fan on in an enclosed space results in death from asphyxiation; eating sugar right after eating crabmeat creates a deathly internal poison; and stepping on cold floors without wearing socks causes infertility. The traditional Korean stories that I have heard from my mother had the unintended effect of making me anxious and phobic, but also had the fortunate effect of giving me continuous ideas for my work.
I form initial ideas from my family’s experiences. From there I discuss with other people to find out similar or contrary stories. This creates the necessity and importance of conversation in my work. I use basic forms of communication that are integral parts to develop interpersonal relationships.
For the performance, the phrases I collected are cautionary cultural myths that I gathered from various people who at one time believed the stories to be true. I am fascinated in the importance of speech and how stories are told from one person to another and their ability to initiate a change in behavior.”
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11:57:55 @ 7/1/2012