Ten Thousand Spirits

2019 / Mixed Media

In Korea, the figure of the shaman stands out as the one who bridges the mortal and spirit worlds. Shamans are entrusted with the ability to communicate with nature spirits, ancestors or a culture’s gods and goddesses — and function variously as oracle, doctor, psychotherapist and beyond. The spirit of the shaman — known in Korea as manshin — does not travel somewhere else. Instead, gods, spirits or ancestors descend into the shaman, so that the shaman becomes a god herself. Exploring the relationship between art, science and spirituality, the artist works with a Korean shaman, Bujeokchongtong, to construct a machine/ installation/ temple that produces rice wine (makgeollii). Microbiological techniques are utilised to harness bacteria from the shaman’s body and used as a starter culture to ferment rice offering from possession rituals. The end product is “human makgeollii” — custom-made rice wine inoculated by the shaman’s microbial community.

About the artist:

Ting-Tong CHANG

Ting-Tong CHANG is a Taiwanese artist based in London. He received his MFA at Goldsmiths, University of London, and has exhibited internationally, with solo exhibitions at Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig, Asia House London and Taipei Fine Arts Museum. He has participated in group shows and commissioned projects in Guangzhou Triennial, Taipei Biennial, Saatchi Gallery, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Wellcome Trust. CHANG’s major awards include RBS Bursary Award 2015, RISE Award 2016 and VIA Arts Prize 2016. His works can be found in the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Embassy of Brazil London, Noblesse Collection Seoul, JM SR Collection Mexico and private collections in Europe and Asia.

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