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Lee Seung-Taek

Harnessing the Elements

By Ashley Rawlings

WIND – FOLK AMUSEMENT, 1971, performance with cloth, fabric: 1 x 80 m.

All images in this article are courtesy the artist and the Nam June Paik Art Center, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.

On an overcast, windy afternoon in the fall of 1971, Lee Seung-taek and a group of friends ventured out onto Nanji Island on the Han River in Seoul, and unfurled three giant strips of scarlet cloth. With one person holding each end, the cloths rose with the wind, gradually unraveling to their full 80-meter…

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