The Principle of Uncertainty is an exhibition
based on physicist Heisenberg’s quantum physics theory, Uncertainty
Principle, according to which measuring a certain pair of particle properties
is impossible because observation of one impacts and changes the
other. In the age of uncertainty, wherein factual confirmation is nearly
impossible whether it concerns public historical records or even personal
memory, the artistic pursuit of reality or truth, and the subsequently emergent
questions often generate new forms of artwork.
The Museum of
Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea focuses on four
contemporary artists whose artworks based on research and archival materials.
They realize their visions through collective or personal memories that arise
from a range of techniques, such as virtual reality devices and the new
spatiotemporal structures they yield; analysis of images that have been
recorded at the starting point of the capitalist economic system; the Middle
East after the Lebanese war in its entangled political and religious landscape;
and postcolonialism and geopolitics in Southeast Asia.
Questioning the value and meaning of
art while reconfiguring public truth and personal recollections as the
backgrounds of their works, and crossing the uncertain boundaries between
reality and fictional worlds, these artists are leading a trend in contemporary
art, with their works attracting considerable attention.