Beating the Market

Soun-Gui Kim's exhibition raises critical questions concerning art today and the relationship of the artist to the globalized art world and market


Fields of Knowledge
  • Aesthetics / Media
  • Philosophy / Theory


Jean-Michel Rabate, Aaron Levy


Cultural Services of the French Embassy, UPenn Department of English and the School of Arts and Sciences

Process initiated


Opens to public



Thursday through Saturday, 1-6pm


4017 Walnut
Philadelphia, PA 19104


50% Formal - 50% Informal

Slought is pleased to announce "Beating the Market," on display from December 6, 2013 to February 8, 2014. This exhibition, which precedes a series of major exhibitions of the artist's work in Seoul, South Korea, features a series of conversations undertaken by the artist from 1985-2002. In her conversations with philosophers Jean-Luc Nancy and Jacques Derrida, she raises critical questions concerning art today and the relationship of the artist to the globalized art world and market. She approaches the arts from the point of view of Eastern spirituality, and combines a meditative stance with the philosophical questioning of roots and identities of Deconstruction.

In the spirit of these earlier works, the installation at Slought will open with a live conversation between the artist and Thierry de Duve, a Belgian professor of modern art theory and contemporary art theory.

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Soun-Gui Kim is a Korean-born French artist who lives in Paris and has worked with video since the 1970s. She has collaborated with John Cage and Nam-June Paik, and made films with Jean-Luc Nancy and Jacques Derrida. Her work has been exhibited internationally at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; the Museum of Modern Art, Austria; the Museum of Contemporary Art Ars Aevi, Bosnia; the Gwangju Biennale, and the Korean National Museum of Contemporary Art & Art Sonje Center, Seoul, South Korea; the Centre George Pomidou and the Foundation Cartier in Paris, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice, France; and the San Diego Art Museum in California.

"Soun-gui's picture is always one that comes and goes, and her video monitors sometimes are also frozen pictures of monitors that begin to melt away as soon as they appear on show. Such a picture does not "reproduce". Rather, what it does "reproduce" (namely, a singer, an astronaut, a frog, John Cage's head) is not at stake as it is "reproduced" (duplicated, imitated) but as it is produced: what is imitated by imitation is the novelty of the original. It does not "imitate" it, it re-produces it."

– Jean-Luc Nancy, Experiencing Soun-gui

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Artist Soun-Gui Kim engages Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy in dialogue about the global art market.

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