When Oliver Siebeck begins a work, it starts with a fascination. For a thing – a sculpture, for example – for a situation – the sound of an insect flying, for example – or, very often, for a person – like Isang Yun. Then Siebeck lays out the tools with which he will create this work. Paper of this and that structure in this and that format. Colours, few, here black and gold. And, centrally, the instrument. His instrument of art production. The old heavy mechanical typewriter.
The material from which the work is systematically produced is taken from the object itself. In the case of the present work, it is the characters written down in the Western alphabet, in the most common transcription for the Korean alphabet, also in the Western order, first name first. The characters that signify and announce the name of the composer from whom the fascination, and thus this work, emanated: ISANGYUN. Capital letters. Systematically a retained position of the …
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Image above: Oliver Siebeck – Isang Yun, 2022 [Detail]. Schreibmaschine auf Papier, 25 x 15 cm