ART FUNKL, Manchester, UK
In Greek mythology the Danaids were daughters of Danaos, who were asked by their father to kill their husbands on the wedding night. 49 out of the 50 daughters fulfilled this task, and were cursed with the chore of refilling an urn with water which continuously emptied itself, a task which could never be completed. Danaos himself was murdered by the remaining husband.Daphne Jiyeon Jang currently spends her time bringing new meaning to classical sculptures. She (re)presents the sculptures as moving images in 3D computer space. She invites the viewer to imagine links between the motivation of the subject of the sculpture, the interpretation by the original artist, her (re)presentation and the modern condition, thus challenging the temporal view of sculpture as a work imprisoned in a moment of time.
During her residency at ArtFunkl Jiyeon Jang has produced a video of Rodin’s sculpture Danaid (circa 1885).
During the Scribus 04 residency at ArtFunkl, performance artist Charlotte Emily has collaborated with Daphne Jiyeon Jang to produce a work which creates a modern rendition of the story of the Danaid. Her performance acts as a counterpoint to the video work by filling in details unseen and reinventing the story as a fable for contemporary times.
The above work takes place alongside Islington Mill’s event Comfortable On A Tightrope – 8th Birthday