February 25 – March 1, 2011
Art Sonje Center
In 2006, Hermes initiated H BOX, a commissioning program that has offered stipends to four artists every year, in order to produce single-channel works in video. These works are presented in a collapsible screening room designed by architect Didier Faustino, which travels the world with a selection of works updated yearly. To date, 21 videos by artists from all over the world have been produced, and H BOX has screened in major museums and art centers in Europe and North America (USA and Mexico). It was also presented at the Yokohama Triennale in 2008 and will travel to Beijing and Guangzhou later in 2011. In Seoul, the H BOX screening room features four videos produced in 2009 and premieres four new works produced in 2010.
Video is the first medium that has been appropriated by all cultures; it has been used by artists all over the world from the very beginning of its existence, to document performance and/or experiment with new narrative structures and image formats.
The H Box is an object that blends references: a screening room, a travel kit, and a modern curio cabinet of sorts. It creates a specific context for the viewing of exciting new works by artists who, for the most, have lived and worked in numerous places, and often have a multiplicity of cultural references and bases.