In Search of Petra Genetrix
Location: IMPAKT main programme online
It is a widespread belief in Mongolia that rocks and minerals are alive, like any other natural element. Mythical stories tell how human beings were born from rocks. Where does this belief come from, and why has it prevailed for so long?
In her performance In Search of Petra Genetrix Ayoung Kim creates her own version of the story: a mythology connected to the fictional character of Petra Genetrix – the protagonist of her video series Porosity Valley. Through the notion of ‘Petrogenesis’ – genesis from rocks – Ayoung Kim wanders through the Earth’s strata. She shows us footage she recorded in Mongolia and Iran interviewing an historian, a geologist, a geology museum director, and local inhabitants. Next to the interview fragments, Ayoung Kim embodies different entities by transforming her own voice.
Ayoung Kim― Artist
Interested in the notions of crossings, transmissions, transnationals, transpositions and reversibility, Ayoung Kim seeks possible integrations, articulations and collisions of things in between time, space, structure and syntax. In doing so, Kim adopts the devices of speculative storytelling, narrativity and rhetoric to evokes unfamiliar forms of reading, listening and thinking of the conditions of the world by focusing on unlikely encounters of ideas.