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A cross, made of five television screens, hangs from the ceiling in a formation reminiscent of a crucifix in a concrete-walled gallery space. The English text on the screen reads ‘OH YEAH!’. The same words are presented in Traditional Chinese text.

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

12 Nov 2021
20 Nov 2022
Location: Focus Gallery

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES’ commanding video sculpture offers a meditation on power and the meaningless madness of the world. Rapid-fire texts, inspired by recurring news stories of warfare and civil unrest, flash across the five screens. Each story summons unsettling visual associations that subtly change depending on who might be narrating it. At the same time, the work alludes to the vast spectrum of human experience, encompassing moments of beauty and celebration as well as suffering. The repeated refrain ‘OH YEAH!’ appears as a simple affirmation of life and humanity in the face of adversity. A layered soundtrack of jazz percussion, ethereal chanting, and melodic Chinese strings intensifies the work’s emotional undercurrents.

About the Artist

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, which consists of South Korean artist Young-Hae Chang and American artist Marc Voge, launched their website in 1999 and were among the first to use the internet as a platform for artistic experimentation. Best known for their digital animations that use bold, minimalist, frenetic texts synchronised with original music, they offer an acerbic and irreverent commentary on contemporary politics and social mores. CRUCIFIED TVS is a rare example of the artist duo using a mix of fonts, colours, patterns, and spoken words.

M+ Magazine

Image at top: YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES. 'CRUCIFIED TVS—NOT A PRAYER IN HEAVEN (TRADITIONAL CHINESE/CANTONESE/ENGLISH VERSION)', 2021. Five channel video installation, 17 min 02 seconds. © M+, Hong Kong