« Kill The Ego » by Rostarr x Soundwalk Collective
USA / 2008 / 39:18 / video / color / stereo
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
ROMON KIMIN YANG
Born in Daegu, South Korea, 1971
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
Romon Kimin Yang aka Rostarr is a multidisciplinary artist in painting, abstract calligraphy, large scale murals and experimental filmmaking. Born in South Korea in 1971, at the age of 1 years old his family immigrated to Washington D.C. and in 1989 he moved to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts, where he majored in graphic design and printmaking. From early in his career he managed to produce work in both the art and design spheres, practically blurring the lines between the two. For over 20 years he has built an extensive oeuvre of abstract polymorphic paintings, totemic iconographic characters and mostly black and white calligraphic works. Always creating in a spontaneous manner, he is continually striving to find freedom within style, medium and form, and building upon the iconographic visual language he terms Graphysics, a word that exemplifies the geometric dynamism characteristic in his work. Rostarr is also a founding member of the art collective Barnstormers, established in 1999 by David Ellis and comprised of more than 30 artists from NYC & Tokyo.
In 2000, he was named one of I.D. magazine’s “I.D. 40 under 30”, and recognized as an honoree at the 2004 A.I.C.P show held at the MOMA for his contribution to a celebrated Nike campaign. In February 2010, his forty five minute motion painting film titled Kill The Ego premiered at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. His artwork has been reviewed in Artforum, Modern Painters, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Libération among other publications, and he has had solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico, and has participated in group shows on both a national and international level, also extensively as part of the esteemed Beautiful Losers show which has toured museums and contemporary art centers worldwide.
SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE is an international art and genre-bending music group based between New York City and Berlin. Founded by Stephan Crasneanscki, with Simone Merli and Kamran Sadeghi, they formed in Manhattan to create concept albums, sound installations and live performances. Currently, the Collective consists in a continuously rotating constellation of sound artists and musicians.
The Collective’s approach to composition combines anthropology, ethnography, non-linear narrative, psycho-geography, the observation of nature, and explorations in recording and synthesis. The source material of their works is always linked to specific locations, natural or artificial, and requires long periods of investigative travel and field work.
Along the years, they performed live, among other spaces and festivals, at Opéra de Lyon, CTM Festival, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Arma 17, Barbican Centre, Berghain, Centre Georges Pompidou, Florence Gould Hall, Mobile Art by Zaha Hadid in Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York; MUDAM, MuCEM, Museo Madre, National Museum of Singapore, New Museum, Palazzo Reale in Milan, La Triennale, Radialsystem V, documenta14 in Athens and Kassel, Funkhaus in Berlin, Manifesta12 in Palermo.
They had solo exhibitions at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, the District Six Museum in Cape Town, »Capo d’Arte«, Gagliano del Capo (Lecce, Italy), and in New York’s Times Square, where in April 2016 they mounted »JUNGLE-IZED«, a large participative audio-visual installation.
»Killer Road«, their homage to musician and singer Nico, authored with Patti Smith and Jesse Paris Smith, was performed live in 2014 in Berlin, London, and New York, anticipating the release of the eponymous record.
In 2015 they performed the opening night of the CTM Festival in Berlin hosting American iconic photographer Nan Goldin on-stage for the first time, in a revisitation of David Wojnarowicz’s thought-provoking writings ‘Close To the Knives: A Memoir Of Disintegration’.
The same year they published »What We Leave Behind«, a radio artwork featuring unreleased fragments from the tape archives of Jean-Luc Godard, and won the Silver Prize at the International Radio Awards, in a co-production with Deutschlandradio.
In 2016, for »Before Music There Is Blood«, their mini-album featuring a rework by Max Loderbauer, they have collaborated with some of the world’s most prestigious music conservatories—including Shanghai’s Conservatory of Music (China), The N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia), and the Conservatorio di Musica S. Pietro A Majella in Napoli (Italy). The trio recorded conservatoire students practicing and rehearsing, capturing the sounds out of context and reworking them into a suite of four productions. “Soundwalk Collective’s devil is forever in the detail, making what was evidently hours of painstaking work seem quite natural and otherworldly”. Boomkat
In June 2017 they composed the music for the latest creation of Sasha Waltz »Kreatur«, which saw its world premiere at Radialsystem V in Berlin. The composition uses recordings from inside various factories and iconic re-appropriated buildings; landmarks of 20th century architecture embodying power, control and mass production.
Later the same year they published »Transmissions«, a numbered edition box of 4x 12′′LP, featured as part of documenta14 in Athens and Kassel.
Their latest radio artwork »Illuminations« released in February 2018 by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Radio France, features Patti Smith, Abel Ferrara, Gudrun Gut, Hanns Zischler, Charlotte Rampling, Melvil Paupaud, and Mulatu Astatke, won the Gold Prize at the NY International Radio Awards in 2018.
»What We Leave Behind: Jean-Luc Godard Archives« has recently been released via The Vinyl Factory record label, followed by a Remixes EP featuring reworks by Jan Jelinek, Petre Inspirescu, Ricardo Villalobos. “These sonic fragments of magic dust, unearthed from Godard’s archive, now glisten on the musical surface of the new album, in a condensed elliptical form. Soundwalk Collective have immersed themselves in the sonic environment of Godard’s filmmaking process, and What We Leave Behind is filled with sounds and voices circulating rhythmically, merging with vast swathes of musical tints and acoustic energy.” BFI
»Ulysses Syndrome«, a sonic installation composed of radio interceptions recorded by the Collective from a vessel drifting along all coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, is currently on view and the Manifesta 12 art biennale in Palermo, Sicily.
They have recently co-founded The Analogue Foundation, together with Grammy awarded producer Russell Elevado, and the innovative Japanese transducer company Audio-Technica.