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Geumhyung Jeong

Geumhyung Jeong creates performative assemblages, in which her own body comes into contact with self-made robotic sculptures. In her new piece the South Korean choreographer interacts with machines that have already accompanied her in other performances. The ‘toy robots’ have the disarming charm of amateurs. They are made up of components obtained from specialist medical or technical websites. Jeong puts these elements to new uses in a do-it-yourself mode involving the basic elements of programming. The robots’ action radius is limited. Their movements are ungainly.
Jeong's relationship with the robots is shaped by a constant fluctuation of ‘trial and error’'. She tries to upgrade them with new elements and tricks. However, these test runs do not always go according to plan. For the artist, the current ban on cultural events is therefore a welcome excuse not to prove her robots in front of a large audience and to confront the fears of occurring errors in public. Instead of a successful live test, Jeong invites the viewers to follow TEST RUN online and shares her story of errors and failures. A multi-layered, absurd narrative evolves with intimate encounters at its heart rather than dystopic visions or technoid fantasies and this raises questions about the relationship between man and machine: how do we shape the beginning of a technologically-defined future, who is in the lead and who is the dinosaur – the phase-out model?


Geumhyung Jeong creates work at the intersection of choreography, performance and visual art and is one of South Korea's most idiosyncratic and advanced artistic voices. She studied acting at Hoseo University in Asan, dance and performance at the National University of the Arts and animation film at the Korean Academy of Film in Seoul. International museums, festivals and theatres regularly present her works, e.g. the Kunsthalle in Basel, Tate Modern in London, the New Museum in New York, the Delfina Foundation in London and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels. With "TEST RUN", Jeong is developing a work in and for Frankfurt am Main for the first time.


Concept & Performance: Geumhyung Jeong
Filming Frankfurt: Ayla Pierrot Arendt
Editing: Geumhyung Jeong
Production Management: partner in crime

A production by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in co-production with PACT Zollverein. A work commissioned by the festival Frankfurter Positionen 2021, an initiative of the BHF-Bank Foundation. Supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses and by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

© Rolando Paolo Guerzoni
© Rolando Paolo Guerzoni

tickets available via reservix
Duration: ca. 120 min.
Language: English


For the premiere on 10.02.

– Ticket sales close at least 1 hour before the start of the digital performance.

– Access: You will receive the link to the digital event on the ticket PDF. Please call up this URL in your web browser on your internet-capable terminal shortly before the start of the event and enter your personal access code.

– In case of problems with the stream: contact the Mousonturm staff (10. 02, 09-12): +49 (0) 69 405 895-88


11.02. – 17.02.
The performance will be made available via Vimeo on Demand.