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  2. A. P. T.

    The gaze that is locked in the little window
    The fundamental structure of A. P. T. series is repetition of the tiny windows. These repetitions form a group, and a large apartment block is made. In that building, a few of pixels which have the human figure are moving, and it is uncertain whether this is human being or not in spite of deliberately watching. Thus, the images in the A. P. T. series reduced the size of the figure to the minimum unit of a pixel. A whole figure of A. P. T. is just repetition of these minute existences. Although the viewer tries to approach to the image in order to find a clear form, it is impossible to access to the suggestive incidents that occur in the window by the physical distance. The anxiety makes the viewer's sight narrower and simultaneously generates claustrophobia. Does the viewer despair and give up to the fact that unknown incident is happening in his or her apartment or the reality that he or she is never able to approach to the meaning of the image? Of course not. The gaze which is involved in desire does not know to stop. We cannot escape from the claustrophobia of meaning because of this persistence.

    Voyeurism - Claustrophobia
    A. P. T. series first invites viewer's gaze into the little window and locks it up after tempting. Voyeurism changes into claustrophobia in an instance. If the gaze of a human being always functioned by the voyeuristic impulse, he inevitably would doom to adhere to meaningless signifier, namely a pixel itself, not knowing what to do. Then, desire of gaze is locked in the tiny room of a pixel. This is the way of desire to the gaze in order to show through A. P. T. series.

    A. P. T. - as the structure
    As a place which human beings live, an apartment has been used as the means to read a person, a being, or living condition of subject. People are not free because they can never know the meaning of life. The unknown reason about the meaning is not that it is fixed and stable thing, but that it is the unstable thing which is derived from a structure of the world we live. Thus, the things that one tries to find if he or she asks about the meaning of life are in vain as aphorisms or meanings which are coincidentally generated like a mirage. The stronger and more solid thing is the structure(system), which controls the world people live, and it precedes and decides the existence of human beings whether one sees it as a linguistic structure or whether one watches it as an ideological device of a nation. If the apartment that seems to be the square aggregation symbolizes this structure in the A. P. T. work, it might be a proper interpretation. However, the important point in this piece is not that the windows gather and form the structure of an apartment, but that we attempt to understand the reason why we are under the impulse of the incidents that occur in the windows as a symptom of the voyeurism and identify with the pixels(claustrophobia).

    Choi Sunghoon

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    Nationality: South Korea
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    Sadang 1-dong, Dongjak-gu, SEOUL 156-875 KOREA

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