Geumhyung Jeong

Rehab Training

An astonishing duet that transforms perspectives on how we interact with objects

While relentlessly building a collection of various items from everyday modern life, including mannequins, vacuum cleaners, sex toys, body brushes, and training machines, Geumhyung Jeong has continued to explore the relationship between these objects and her own body. Based in South Korea, she works internationally as a choreographer and performance artist, counting a solo performance and installation at the Tate Modern, UK, in 2017 among her recent achievements. Her desires and senses at times escalating as she interacts with her collection, she coolly inquires into the connection between humans and these objects of modernity.

Her co-performer for Rehab Training is a life-sized male doll designed for use in healthcare education to show how people should care for patients. Jeong confronts and controls “him” while also attempting to “rehabilitate” the immobile dummy or the human shaped object through various tasks. As these gestures and actions build up, the relationship between puppet and puppeteer ultimately take on peculiar aspects that transcend intimacy. Who is controlling whom? The inorganic object starts to become its own unique kind of life form and the line between subject and object is no longer clear. How should we describe or define this relationship between “her” and “him”?

Geumhyung Jeong, Rehab Training, 2018, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Kai Maetani. Geumhyung Jeong, Rehab Training, 2018, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Kai Maetani.

North Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
Seoul, South Korea

Geumhyung Jeong

Born in 1980, Geumhyung Jeong is a South Korea-based choreographer and performance artist. Jeong studied Acting at Hoseo University in Asan, Dance and Performance at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul and Animation Film at the Korean Academy of Film Arts in Seoul. Jeong’s work explores the potential of the body, its sensuality and it’s power to change its surroundings. Her works combine dance and puppetry and bring attention to the technical aspects of theater. She has exhibited works and performed internationally at Tate Modern, Liveworks Festival, PuSh Festival, Atelier Hermes (Seoul), New Museum Triennial, Zürcher Theater Spektakel, AI-Hall, SPIEL ART Festival, ImpulsTanz Festival and many others. Jeong first presented her work in Japan in 2011 with Oil Pressure Vibrator at Festival/Tokyo and AI Hall.

Concept and directionGeumhyung Jeong
Performed byGeumhyung Jeong
Video DocumentationJiwoong Nam
PhotographyMingu Jeong
Special ThanksAndre Schallenberg, Inyong An, Medi&Shop. Nathan Gray, Nicolas Mondon, Seewon Hyun, Seoul Museum of Art
Co-productionPACT Zollverein (Essen), Audio Visual Pavilion (Seoul)
Residency atPACT Zollverein (Essen)
Supported byArts Council Korea
Presented byKyoto Experiment