Publication gathering five conference performances, written in French and English, by the Franco-Korean duo of artists and researchers Ju Hyun Lee and Ludovic Burel, whose works combine installations, performances, and publications.
Within their research project KVM—whose post-identity acronym varies with the projects in the Korean Vitra Museum, Korean Vocal Museum, Korean Vernacular Museum, and so on—, they present a critical examination of the status of design. The term applies equally to objects and behaviours, in both the cultural and managerial spheres. Interested in post-colonial
issues, in the vein of one of its principal theoreticians, Homi K. Bhabha, they pursue an approach of “mimicry”(“almost the same but not quite”), and “sly civility”.
In 2012, Ju Hyun Lee, a performance artist, and Ludovic Burel
(born 1968 in Lille, lives and works in Paris), artist and publisher (it: éditions
), established the KVM research platform, which mainly focuses on the critique of design
. Their work has been presented in various forms: an installation in “Store and Scores” (the Tator Gallery, Lyon, France) and “Parasite and Mimicry” (the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania); installation-performances in “Celebration of the Body #2” (the Mouldings Museum of Lyon, France & the Saint-Fons Fine Arts Centre, France); conference performances (Raven Row, London, England; Artem, Nancy, France; the City of Design, Saint-Étienne, France; the Book Society, Seoul, the Republic of Korea). In 2013, they were prize winners of the Institut Français's “Hors-les-murs” programme (the Republic of Korea). In 2014, their project Pop and Political Korean Karaoke
received the support of the French National Foundation of Graphic and Plastic Arts (FNAGP) and the Rhône-Alpes Creative Incentive Fund (FIACRE).
See also Ludovic Burel
; Philippe Artières & Ludovic Burel