Police Post 2012

Artclub1563, Seoul

An authentic police guard post was built inside the gallery space and functioned as in a real situation. Policemen worked for a certain time of the day, with the gallery open to the public. It was attempted to equalise or frustrate different systems of power, while making visible the boundaries between art and life, social power and aesthetic authority, the performer and the viewer, the observer and the observed.

‘I tried to visualise ritual patterns of society that reflect the collective expectations of the public, or the collectively held wishes and believes of the citizens. For instance, Police Post signifies the shared/given value or ‘importance’, given to either a specific person or a specific place, legitimised by the power of the state. If we consider that, in psychology, the term ‘ritual’ describes repetitive behaviour systematically used by a person to neutralise or prevent anxiety; it is often a symptom of the obsessive–compulsive disorder of a subject. The repetitive patterns of city rituals, then, could then paradoxically be thought both in relation to actions confirming consensus and in relation to pathological defence-mechanisms. City space and our psychical states form and indivisible set of conditions…’


     Police menPolice men's visiting diary Date, time, signature were recorded