What Things Dream About

Tailored Mimicry (2024)

1.Men’s Coat (yellow)
PVC, studs, eyelets, chain, LED strip, threaded rods, nuts, magnets, tubular crin, bird spike, PVC cord, steel fan
69 x 103 x 24cm

2.Riding Skirts (blue)
PVC, studs, eyelets, belt buckle, chain, LED strip, threaded rods, nuts, PVC cord, plastic tube
13 x 103 x 167cm

3.Half Circle Cape (orange)
PVC, studs, eyelets, chain, LED strip, threaded rods, nuts, magnets, tubular crin, PVC cord, steel fan, hanging rail
26 x 95.5 x 140.5 cm

4.Dress Bodice (pink)
PVC, studs, eyelets, chain, LED strip, threaded rods, nuts, bird spike, PVC cord, steel fan, ribbon
131 x 74 x 105cm

Adjacent Mimicycle Nº1 (2023)
Jesmonite, metal flakes, motorcycle part, car mat, threaded rod, bolts and nuts, leather, wire, kayak paddle
57 x 157 x 54.9 cm

(TOP) MobileShortJacketShield (2020)
Leather, wooden mat, chair frame, piping cord, wax-coated thread, wheels, leather lace, cork fabric, snap button
70 x 64.5 x 89 cm

(BOTTOM) tiles to mat (2021)
Floor mat, plastic button, paper, upholstery foam
41.5 x 390 cm

Wearing Chairs While Sitting On Pants Nº1 (2019)
Leather, plastic, motor suit, velcro, PVC, upholstery foam, piping, wire
52 × 33 1/10 × 30 7/10 in
132 × 84 × 78 cm

Courtesy of the MMCA
Photographs: Image Joom

       For a long time, humans have viewed objects as tools to make life easier, taking raw materials from nature and constantly designing and producing things. This modern design thinking has led to a world full of discarded objects, and people have come to think of things as objects.

       What Things Dream About challenges this convention and expands the concept of objects through contemporary art and design practices. The exhibition is organized into three subthemes. First, “World of Objects” deconstructs objects as materials or substances, transforms them into other senses for us to recognize that they are all around us; second, “Invisible Relations” confirms that objects are not just objects to be used by humans, but important agents that have a profound impact on human life. Finally, “What Kind of Future” is a place to dream of the impossible through objects that transcend existing categories, time, and space.

       In the second half of the 20th century, philosophers were troubled by “man is the measure of all things” anthropocentricism, designated animals, plants, technology, and all-encompassing objects “non-humans” and emphasized the ethics of symbiosis. In line with this posthumanism trend, the exhibition proposes to look at objects as beings that create this world together with humans, and provides an opportunity to think 'beyond humans' through a shift in artistic thinking.

Kim Hansol researches the roles and possibilities of clothing from a social, political, and cultural perspective. Kim Hansol takes the act of deconstructing and reweaving the shape of clothing as an attitude of artistic practice. In addition, by using nature’s survival methods such as metamorphosis, mutation, evolution, and parasitism, his work takes a speculative approach to clothing that does not depend on humans, as well as decontextualizing its inherent value. For this exhibition, Kim Hansol creates “objectlife” (object + life), a mix of clothes and shellfish, and calls the life of clothes that have been freed from humans Tailored mimicry (2024). Swimming in the depths of the ocean with their own light, Fish-like clothes embody a hybrid of humans and things, and a futuristic being that has escaped from humans.