KÜNSTLERHAUS

BETHANIEN

Artist

Kijin Park

Südkorea

The Time Machine, 2014, steel, one way glass, light, 240 x 250 x 550 cm

My work is informed by an overarching narrative which springs from my personal knowledge and experience in the fields of geography, anthropology and ecology.

The Time Machine was a project undertaken whilst staying at the South Pole. What interested me the most was the so-called ‘glacier core’ research I witnessed there. This is done by drilling into the glacier and extracting a cylinder of compressed snow. Once analysed, data taken from the core can help us predict the future of our climate. More than the glacier core itself, however, what struck me was the path created by the drilling. It wound through history, taking us back to the time of the dinosaurs, through the beginning of human history to the present day. The air emerging from the tunnels contained molecules from all these times past.

STAY
01.03.2015 – 01.03.2016