24min, 2 synchronized HD video installation

Intimate Distance is a video installation composed of two synchronized high-definition videos titled Intimate Distance I and Intimate Distance II. The installation captures ‘intimate moments’ between family members by juxtaposing of these two different roles of family of a person at the same time. Intimate relationships start from family, so I started to ask questions about what intimate relationships are, how to define roles of family, and how the intimate relationships of family affect who I am. When I visited my family in Korea in summer of 2014, I asked my family including myself to close their eyes in 3 minutes and to keep the closest distance by not trying to touch each other. In the experimentations, I strongly felt the existence of other by losing my visual sense of distance and sharing my breath with my family in the physically close distance. For the video installation, by using a mirror reflection as a visual strategy, I emphasize the intimate distances not only as negative spaces but also the power of transformation. My intention is to capture psychological ‘intimate moment’ from the physically closest distance and to show family dynamics by playing multiple roles of family.