[ISEA2019] Artists Statement: Tacit Group — Analytical, Hun-Min-Jung- Ak (Korean Letter), Morse ㅋung ㅋung (Morse Kung Kung)

Artists Statement

The major characteristic of Tacit Group’s work is not just creating a video that fits well with the music, but the visuals and music correspond with each other. For this event, the group presents Analytical, a piece that unfolds the music and visuals together. On this piece, Tacit Group transfers sounds into graphics through an analysis called ‘Fast Fourier Transform’. Then they create a basis waveform using this graphic’s figure. The first step of this piece is the Tacit Group’s execution on stage. Then the sound visualizes as graphics, which becomes its own sound, real-time. In the end the loop of graphics and sounds transforming to each other, is improvised as an audio-visual performance. Video: Analytical (2018)
Hun-Min- Jung- Ak (Korean Letter) (2018)
Hanguel is the only letter in the world that the people who created it, the date of proclamation, and the principles of creation are exactly identified, and is registered as UNESCO Memory of the World. The piece which got the major motif from vowels and consonants of Hangeul, Morese ㅋ ung ㅋ ung, and Tacit Group’s representative piece Hun-min-jung-ak will be on stage. The combination of consonants and vowels that the players type in builds the music of Hun-min-jung-ak, and it is based on the principles of Hangeul creation. The basic rule of Hanguel creation is that the letters are made via horizontal and vertical constructions, and the components of the letters are based on the actual sound of the letter. Tacit Group used these two rules and materialized the piece by computer programming. When a player types in, each component of a letter changes into corresponding sound. Players make abstract shapes by combining consonants and vowels, or talk to the audiences by typing in letters with meanings, thus improvising the performance. Being able to communicate with the audiences via Hangeul, which also is the main music and video itself for the performance. Video: Hun-min-jeong-ak
Morse ㅋung ㅋung(Morse Kung Kung) (2018)
This piece is also based upon Hanguel, the Korean alphabet. Like our world, there is no distinct line between determinacy and indeterminacy in the world of sounds. Morseㅋung ㅋung visualizes/sonifies this ambiguity with a whole new rule of connecting principles of morse code and Korean alphabet. When a performer types in a Korean letter to a computer, it changes into sound with specific rhythm. This rule seems natural at first. But if taken with a closer look, the performer’s contingency of unpredictable text writing is involved. Hence, it brings life into the world of sounds where determinacy and indeterminacy clashes. Video: Morse ㅋung ㅋung (2018)

  • Tacit Group, Seoul, South Korea. A media arts performance group formed in 2008, sharing their vision of generating the 21st century’s new arts. Mostly inspired by digital technology, conducts numerous projects such as multimedia performance, Interactive installation, algorithm arts through computer programming. Although taking after the innovative nature of 20th century’s art, the group refuses to end in experiment and innovation. Develop projects from discovering artistic territory from day to day analog/digital ingredients. Recognized for their intuitive recreation and unique quality. For this performance, they’ve prepared pieces inspired by familiar everyday materials such as a game of Tetris, or IM(Instant Messaging). Tacit group enables the audience to enjoy and immerse into the world of contemporary music, which generally is conceived as ‘difficult’, through its unique world view. Tacit Group’s first solo performance was held at the summer of 2009 at Doosan Art Centre. They started gaining global reputation since 2011. Invited for the opening stage of the 45th Aarhus Festuge at Denmark, and successfully finished their US tour including shows at Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Lincoln Center in New York at the winter of 2012. The group’s 3rd solo performance was at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea as its opening celebration show in 2013. In 2015, they successfully finished the European tour at France and Belgium and were also invited at NYU Abu Dhabi to perform. They visited France and Russia in 2017 to participate Festival Coree d’lci at Montpellier and Plums Festival at Moscow. They were recently invited to Spain for the opening stage of the 1st Matadero Festival de Música Electrónica Asiática.   tacit.kr

Organized and sponsored by Art Center Nabi