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Installation view of GEUMHYUNG JEONG’s “Homemade RC Toy,” Kunsthalle Basel, 2019. Photo by Philipp Hänger. Courtesy the artist and Kunsthalle Basel. 

Homemade RC Toy

Geumhyung Jeong

Artist and choreographer Geumhyung Jeong’s exhibition “Homemade RC Toy,” curated by Elena Filipovic at Kunsthalle Basel, evoked the sterile laboratory of an amateur roboticist. Spare parts—batteries, wheels, cables—were arranged almost fetishistically on top of the stepped plinths by the walls, along with informational videos that document the production process of the artist-turned-mechanical engineer. In the center of the space, on top of a black rubber mat, five of the artist’s robotic creations lay dormant, their outstretched limbs seductively suggesting potential for movement. 

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