Pencil and ink on paper, video
Ho Sin Tung borrows the narrative style of the classic point-and-click computer game “Escape Room” - an adventure seeking truth or escaping from imprisonment – and interwines her daily experiences and readings about space within her artist-in-residency in Seoul (2013).
Traditionally, the players of Escape Room have to find all the hidden tools and hints in order to leave the room. The aim is crystal-clear. The graphic is flat and digital. But instead Ho chooses to condtruct the game with pencil drawings, recreates the building she lived for three months in Nanji, Seoul Museum of Art. The wandering ghostly gaze turns the single aimed game into an ambiguous journey.
The hidden objects to be found are no more keys or passwords, but quotations of books about space, including The Poetic of Space by Gaston Bachelard, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, Ruined Map by Kobo Abe, and The Geography by Alfred Hettner etc.
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