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JESUS, 2007
Single-channel video, silent
Jesus is a video assemblage of 8000 digital photographs of Seoul with short quotes of text superimposed on the images. The work animates stills of red neon Christian crosses aloft buildings and along the Korean urban skyline recorded at different times of day, across various shutter speeds and lights. The changing background light plays with the visual accents in the video, bringing neon crosses in, dimming them down. The Christian cross began to preside as an urban feature in the aftermath of WWII and the Korean War through Christian missionary activities in South Korea where a considerable proportion of the population converted to Christianity. By association the neon icons embody American/missionary presence.