Intangible Heritage

Jesse Chun

September 2018 
Saddle-stitched, 36 pages
Printed on Risograph at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive
Edition of 125
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About the publication

A companion Jesse Chun’s eponymous Karaoke video essay, this book centers on a 2,000-year old folk song, which South Korea and North Korea both registered as their own for the UNESCO Intangible Heritage list in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Featuring text documents from the validation process, translations and mistranslations of the lyrics, views of fragmented landscapes, Intangible Heritage disrupts the bureaucratic narrative underlying its subject matter.

About the author

Jesse Chun is an artist living and working in New York. Chun works with found language, documents, and bureaucracies to uncover new poetics of legibility, diaspora, meaning, and the untranslatable. Her work has been exhibited at SculptureCenter; Queens Museum; The Drawing Center; BAM; Bronx Museum of the Arts (United States); Oakville Galleries (Canada); and Nam June Paik Art Center (South Korea), among others. Her digital and print publications include WORKBOOK (Triple Canopy, 2019); Intangible Heritage (Wendy's Subway x BAM, 2018); Blueprints (Silent Face Projects, 2017); and Valid From Until (Booklyn, 2016). She has taught at the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, the Museum of Modern Art, and VCU Sculpture and Extended Media. Select reviews include Artforum, the Brooklyn RailArtAsiaPacificArtpapers, the Wall Street Journal, Asia Literary ReviewArt21, and BOMB. Chun’s work is in select public collections such as the Whitney Museum Library; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Artist Book Collection; the Smithsonian Institution, Archive of American Art; Yale University Library, and Asia Art Archive in America.


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