Heejae Cho
1992, South Korea
Thesis: The Walls have Ears

If I Sleep in a Room,

What if we looked at presence from a mere sonic perspective? Would then sound become the witness of one’s thoughts, feelings, complexity? What if—in order to do so—we go into an introspective travel through memory to find our relationship with the world through it? In transcribing memorial experience and embodied consciousness, Heejae Cho takes a deep dive into the sound as self. The sound as praxis.

Through sound and sculptural installation, Heejae Cho translates experiences of privacy, precarity, intimacy, architecture—often not fitting in the frame of language—into a sound of a writing pen, a cracking window, a moving chair. The dramaturgy of everyday life, where repetitive gestures often remain mute, here acquire a major importance. Species of sounds then speak for the unspoken: they tell stories of childhood, power, discomfort, but also of stories of deep, attentive listening. How can we listen to that space-body becoming?  

Angeliki Tzortzakaki