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Jaehee Shin on Dictee
18 August, 2021
This is the first text that came to my mind related to the project Women Writing Architecture. I think it is one of the most important texts if we talk about feminist insight from Korean origin.
Around 2018, I suddenly got many calls from some of my friends doing artwork in Germany. They asked me if I knew a person named Cha Hak-Kyung and if I could get her book called Dictee. This book, which I borrowed from the Zurich University library at the request of a friend at the time, was very shocking. It exists in one book, but each page speaks in a completely different way, in a different material, in a different layout, and in a different language.
It is a very experimental postmodernist literature whose form is destroyed. Dictee rejects all the universal time and composing structures of existing literature and presents the destruction of existing forms that are not connected from beginning to end. Ironically, the associative work of these unconnected or actually connected things – juxtaposition and hypertext of both print and visual media- felt like Arthur Jafa`s series of photographs of black people’s lives were collected together and shown as a visual work, and it felt like I was approaching an experience of emotions that were very difficult to understand.