A companion Jesse Chun's eponymous Karaoke video essay, this book centers on a 2,000-year old folk song, which South Korea and North Korea both registered as their own for the UNESCO Intangible Heritage list in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Featuring text documents from the validation process, translations and mistranslations of the lyrics, views of fragmented landscapes, Intangible Heritage disrupts the bureaucratic narrative underlying its subject matter.
Jesse Chun works with text, video, sound, sculpture, and publishing to translate and unlearn the ideological machinery of language. Recent exhibitions, fellowships, and commissions include the Drawing Center (2018), Queens Museum (2018), BAM (2018), Triple Canopy (2018), BRIC (2018), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2017), ArtCenter/SouthFlorida (2017), among others. Her publications are included in the book collections at the Art Institute of Chicago, the International Center for Photography, University of Texas at San Antonio, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and more. She has taught at the Museum of Modern Art (NY), and the Bruce High Quality Foundation University. Chun's work has been reviewed in Artforum, the Brooklyn Rail, ArtAsiaPacific, Art21, the Wall Street Journal, and BOMB magazine. She lives and works in New York.