Site-Specific Art as Necrophilia: Platform in Kimusa Exhibition in Seoul 2009

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  • New Art Theory

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  • Site-Specific Art as Necrophilia: Platform in Kimusa Exhibition in Seoul 2009

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  • In site-specific art, irrelevant to any kind of contention, the instinctual characters, Thanatos and Eros are obliged to be rendered. Eros, as a compulsion to repeat, inhibits onto the locus. Thanatos, as a compulsion “that aims at a state of things which has never yet been attained” (Freud 1973), destructs the site. And this ambivalence has the biased inclination by the dominance of one side. What decides this inclination is not a static force which is owned by each side but the transformation of the “neutral energy.” (Freud 1961) And the character of site-specific art totally depends on this imbalanced duality.

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