Watch and Chill: Streaming Art to Your Homes

Watch and Chill: Streaming Art to Your Homes seeks to explore ways to bring international art institutions, artists, and audiences together around a carefully curated selection of moving image artworks. The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) collaborated with Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) in Manila, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai, and the M+, West Kowloon District in Hong Kong in launching the subscription-based art streaming platform Watch and Chill (https://watchandchill.kr). Responding to and examining the changing behavioral patterns of the digital era, the exhibition shares video works by major artists active in Asia through its online platform. Presentation of this platform is not limited to the virtual space but also as physically embodied as an exhibition. 

On the platform, the four museums in Asia introduce selected video works from their individual collections as well as their regional art communities. Staging the “home” as a primary site for consuming the Watch and Chill platform, the virtual space designed around four sub-topics considers the multilayered connections of homes that have transformed into media environments. “The city has moved into the bed.” Linked via an unprecedented amount of data transmissions, our homes have gone beyond the mere private function of “dwelling” and have long entered into the public realm. The pandemic has only exposed this reality even more. Activating a media landscape that takes place in both home-as-museum and museum-as-home, the Watch and Chill platform will serve as a test bed for the museum to experiment with the fluid possibilities of responding to our changing habits of media consumption.

Chairs, clothespins, vacuums, floor tiles, toys… “Things in My Living Room” shares artworks that include items from the home and scenes of their placement, arrangement, and circulation. Viewing items not simply as “objects” but as substance with its own vitality and capabilities, it explores the relationships among them and their affective impacts on people and society. As a metaphor that reflects on the intimacy that people have come to experience with “things” as the pandemic forces them to spend more time at home, this chapter focuses on the material that makes up the home and the issues of individual and collective experience, unconsciousness, and identity that it represents.

The word “companion” comes from the Latin cum panis, or “with bread”—indicating the sort of relationship where people sit down together at a table to share bread. As we share our breath and bodily fluids, our relationships with companions can be sources of mutual comfort or threats. “By the Other Being” considers the physical and mental aspects as we are affected by the significant “others.” This chapter shows those who share our time and space of the everyday—such as partners, animals, plants, robots, guests, and intruders—as it weaves a fictional narrative around them.

Our fiber-optically wired homes ironically become an ultimate site of isolation, and we find ourselves longing for the vast wilderness as our cities grow smarter by the day. “Community of Houses” proposes alternative forms of living together that differ from the traditional community of neighbors based on physical vicinity. The artists explore the changes in environment experienced by communities of varying regions, generations, and typologies, along with the different forms of living that emerge as they adapt in their own ways.

The “meta-home” is a home beyond a home. This chapter examines the hyper-connectivity of homes situated within a vast chain of minutely intertwined invisible networks. It presents various forms of metaphysical imagination, including homes connected with the virtual world; ways of existing in the digital era; possibilities for spatial expansion into different dimensions; and mental, spiritual connections that transcend technological ones.

Organized by
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

In partnership with
Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, Manila
MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai
M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong

Curated by
Jihoi Lee
Joselina Cruz
Kittima Chareeprasit
Silke Schmickl

Suyeon Lee
Ian Carlo Jaucian
Tatrachanan Pongpanich
Catherine Lau, Koel Chu 

Design and Development 

Furmo DT 

Colin A. Moet
Jaehe Yi
Sophie Kim