Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, To view this video click here.
Three times now I’ve tried to view in its entirety Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries’ text based videos, In Black on White, Gray Ascending, (2007) at the New Museum and failed. Displayed on 7 screens, each 11:36 in length, the piece tells a story of conspiracy, abduction, and perhaps political assassination, all to the tune of some jazzy music you probably heard a few years ago at a bar in Soho. It’s a lively installation, and from what I’ve seen, a very good one, but it’s housed in a narrow glass room that makes almost impossible to stick around for the full hour plus worth of viewing material. Of course, in some ways, the space makes a lot sense for the piece; right next to the cafeteria, visitors can eat their sandwiches while watching the movie. The plan would have been perfect, were it not for the fact that the glass separating the two spaces provides a very effective sound barrier, so visitors don’t really experience the video installation while eating their lunch. Perhaps at some point we’ll see In Black on White, Gray Ascending appear online, and will be able to watch it that way. Then I can complain about why it’s not the same experience, and how the overly large time investment required for a piece on the Internet deters possible viewers.