Just opened and on view through June 23, 2024, The Bass presents Anne Duk Hee Jordan: I will always weather with you, a new large-scale multisensory exhibition that uses technology to examine the perseverance of life on Earth against the increasing challenges of climate change.
Anne Duk Hee Jordan: I will always weather with you / The Bass, Miami Beach. Miami Beach, December 5, 2023.
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Korean born and based in Berlin, artist Anne Duk Hee Jordan (b. 1978) uses videos, installations, sound and kinetic objects to create enveloping environments that draw visitors into dialogue with natural phenomena, technology and art. I will always weather with you at The Bass is Jordan’s first solo exhibition in the United States.
Jordan’s immersive world-building exhibitions combine humor and play to explore the way machines are portrayed in popular culture, the media, television and science fiction. She juxtaposes romantic perceptions of devices with acute reminders of the adverse effect technology has on nature and its impact on humanity’s connection to planet Earth.
I will always weather with you is a multisensory scene that corresponds to the many characteristics of weather. The complex entanglement between nature and technology is of particular resonance in South Florida and Miami Beach, communities that experience storm related events with increasing frequency, power and impact.
The exhibition will be composed of three zones—or atmospheres—analogous to the earthly experience of land, water and air. Amid video projections of ocean streams and meteorological data, visitors will “step into” weather. Mirrored walls create a visually unstable, infinitely reflecting setting for video, sculpture, sound and robotics. Eye-popping kinetic sculptures— “robotic critters” —sing, dance and disturb with simulated gusts of wind, sound and fog. Radicchio leaves made of recycled glass and “Teapot” (a character embodying the escalating intensity of a storm, from gentle breeze to clattering tempest) also have supporting roles to play in the multidimensional installation.
I will always weather with you presents a complete atmospheric embodiment of the power and authority of weather. The exhibition reminds viewers of the unwavering perseverance of human and nonhuman existence on Earth—living organisms inextricably bound to and influenced by our radically changing climate ecologies.
Anne Duk Hee Jordan: I will always weather with you is a part of The Bass’ 60th anniversary season of sharing powerful contemporary art that excites, challenges and educates audiences, bringing new perspectives to Miami Beach’s diverse cultural context.
Anne Duk Hee Jordan (born in Korea in 1978) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She studied at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin and continued with a Master in Fine Arts at the Institut für Raumexperimente in Berlin under Olafur Eliasson. Transience and transformation are the central themes in the work of Anne Duk Hee Jordan. Through movement and performance, Jordan gives materiality another dimension–she builds motorized sculptures and creates edible landscapes. Her sculptures are intended to draw the viewer into the present and open a dialogue between natural phenomena, philosophy and art. Jordan shifts the focus away from humans towards the entire ecology.