HaYoung creates fictions shaped by texts, drawings, and videos in transdisciplinary installations. Using digital phenomena and practices — Wi-fi passwords, cookies —, they conceptualize the spatialization of works and ideas in the manner of a rhizome, a system of roots that refer as much to mycelial networks as to those of computer interconnections. Like different layers of observation, they create new materialities and stories that can account for the languages and identities of marginalized individuals.
For Prove you are human, HaYoung explores the semantic contours of the definition of humanity in a current digital era. They start from the reCAPTCHA, a test to distinguish humans from bots, based on the ability to recognize commune elements in nine low-resolution real-life images. This protocol implemented by corporations, using artificial intelligence, imposes users to prove their humanity. In the same action, they work freely by providing datas allowing artificial intelligence to improve.
In the exhibition space, HaYoung literally takes this identification control and replaces the generic pictures from public space with an image of breads on skinny metal legs.
Titled Pains reTROUVÉS (2023), it refered to a pun on French dessert recipe called ‘pain perdu’.
As if they escaped from the original captcha, these tiny sculptures, like bugs, now proliferate in the vitrine. Above them, HaYoung draw a diagram (Tongue test, 2023) in which they materialize a set of connections linked to their emotional, geographical, linguistic and existential relationships questioning their own situation in reality and virtuality.
They respond by the appearance of the sentence ‘When I rip Kim and click, I’m not a robot’ (Dictee, 2023) handwritten in Hangul calligraphy. They articulate it with a series of drawings, a reflexion on human bodies, artificial intelligences and matsutakes, inspired by Anna Tsing’s texts. There, the mushroom, neither animal, nor vegetable, nor digital, became a possible way of existence.
By playing on the space of Sonneundsolche, the exterior and interior, surface and depth, they work on forms of loop and glitch in the imbrication of works, and more broadly on transhuman relations and para and intra capitalist phenomena.