On the occasion of the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2022, an annual exhibition art project staged in Seoul (South Korea), artist Choi U-Ram presented one of his latest works, managing to combine art, technology, inventiveness and existentialism by putting them in perfect balance with each other, in the true sense of the word.
“Round Table” is a work of art that touches on the concepts of kinetic art and technological experimentation, representing a group of 18 headless mechanical figures made of straw and balancing a black table on their backs. The disc, with a diameter of 4.5 metres, is in continuous motion, made to sway by the figures balancing the tilt through their own movements. The aim of the 18 figures is actually to carry towards themselves a sphere, ‘head’ as the artist calls it, resting, free to roll, on the board, without ever reaching a destination.
The work is as perpetual as the movement of the waves, the 18 ‘bodies’ are in continuous motion, caught up in a hasty attempt to claim the lead, which however escapes everyone from time to time. No one wins and no one can assert their precedence, the rest of the group will make sure to push away the object of desire through well-organised movement.
Choi U-Ram is about man’s continuous need to possess objects that satisfy his cravings and to organise himself as a collective only when the aim is to hinder a minority, isolated in their own efforts. “Round Table” is about the natural cycle, human life, desire and existence, visit the artist’s official website to discover all the works.