Moon Hoon - Bartlett International Lecture Series
15 November 2017, 6:30 pm–7:30 pm
The Bartlett School of Architecture
Christopher Ingold Auditorium (accessed through The Bartlett), 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AJ
“An existing bridge is spray-painted red, and the act turns reality into a rather surreal scenery. A kind of foundation for an alternate reality (or a future) is born. The nightly traffic jam is enjoyed by a clubber’s gaze. Harbouring far above the bridge, the aggregation of rear red lights becomes the dances of a strange-eyed animal.
A blade runner-like billboard hovers over the glass skin of the viewing night club bar, a door opens and leads to a bridge-like walkway to nowhere. Alas! A depressed, tormented and ecstatic soul will probably leap from the end of the walkway. Somebody has really fallen from the hovering bridge.
News flashes minutes to the hour, and the next day there is a long procession of mourners gathering at the crematorium under the bridge. The ashes are thrown into the river, a distant practice of innate memories of an imported and domesticated religion of Buddhism...”
Moon Hoon was born in 1968, in Sangdong Gangwon-do, and lived his teenage years in Tasmania, Australia. He studied architecture in Korea and in the USA at MIT, gaining work experience in both countries. He has been running his studio Moon_Bal_Sso since 2001.
Hoon is open-minded about the boundaries of architecture and is interested in breaking them by experimenting, colliding, fusing, mixing and so forth with various other disciplines. His major works include Rock It Suda, Two Moon, S_Mahal, Wind House, and Sangsang Museum, which was awarded the KIA prize in 2005. His drawings have been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tchoban Foundation in Berlin. He also makes short films related to his architecture with the desire to expand the expressive potential of architecture.