Dictation

 

2015|5'30"|HD|Mono
Directed by Soko Hwang
Performer Julia Trofimova, Soko Hwang
Exhibition Space for Free Arts, Helsinki, Finland

In this video, performers mechanically repeat the unknown ordinary words after listening to them from the headphones. It appro- priates Bruce Nauman’s work: Goodboy Badboy script as a foundtext. It explores how the specific words are reproduced to listenerswithout understanding of their meanings, bonded with the social doctrine and norms through the dictation structure. Does this dic- tation as repeated training process regulate individual identity and reproduce social norm through education form?

Dictation, Helsinki. Documentation by Peter Hoiss © Courtesy of the artist and photographer