Arirang Partitition is composed of a wooden piano and musi- cal scores torn vertically. The piano is entirely sanded down on the left-hand side and hand-carved on the right-hand side. The musical instrument is thus rendered naked, stripped by these two processes. The patterns left visible by the decoration depict scenes and motifs belonging to the traditional iconography and history of Korea.
The piano is accompanied by scores of Arirang popular music of the time of the united Korea. Today, both North Korea and South Korea claim it as their inheritance and each makes it an emblem of their identity. In the North, historical frescoes in the form of moving paintings in stadia, used as Party propaganda tools, are called Arirang. In the South, Arirang has remained popular singing, as well as a national television channel and the name of a traditional cake.
The torn-up score is performed by a pianist, leaving the missing parts to penetrate the memory that everyone has of this piece of music.
Excerpt from Press release
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