Chang Heavy Industries, Confucius Say : Thomson + Craighead
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES
(Principals, Young-hae Chang and Marc Voge)
Est. 1999, based in Seoul, Korea
Confucius Say, 2006
Courtesy of the artists
This commissioned project explores the intersection of geography and identity through a family email message on the occasion of cousin Eric’s wake. “Everyone was there,” the email’s author writes, “including Cookie from Waukeegan, Day-Day, Yingie and her three daughters, Nanci, Leslie, and Denise.” Among this extended family of characters the names appear to be a kind of roll-call of the immigrant experience, from the “other,” to the hyphenated, and finally to the assimilated. The title of the piece, Confucius Say, has pop-cultural references ranging from movie detective Charlie Chan to fortune cookies, and recalls the everyday “words of wisdom” passed amongst far-flung relatives, tethered together by a digital web of communication.