A Pilot’s Sky Journal

Jung Hee Mun’s  A Pilot’s Sky Journal examines themes of war, surveillance, security, militarism and the human condition. In November 2014, Jung Hee Mun  started following a pilot from U.S. Air Force on Facebook. The pilot (☆☆☆☆☆) shared photos of the Middle East around the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea taken from his aircraft. Mun compiled a recorded conversation she had with the pilot into a video and let him self-censor details from public disclosure. Along with the video, a set of photographs that were taken by the pilot from his aircraft is presented along with his comments related  to each photo depicting his particular situation in the Middle East. In order to challenge the socially constructed paradigm of human perception, Mun manipulates the quantity of information being disclosed and plays upon sublimity of what is being hidden. The collaborative work between Mun and the pilot will be composed of a video, prints, and a book.

Jung Hee Mun explores languages of social media (Facebook), intimacy, and public versus political conditions of everyday life. Mun reveals political conditions of everyday life through social media by using a language of fiction to confront political situations. Mun questions a paradoxical magnitude of social conditions between recognizing truths, opinions, and deceptions influencing human condition – framed stereotypes embedded in contemporary life.  While the project is research-based from actual events, Mun removes identities to build fictional language and atmosphere. 

Text version of the video, published in Precog
Text version of the video, published in Precog

pilot's sky journal vimeo shot

email — jmun1 [at] s v a [dot ] e d u — for the video


Technology and its effects on our behavior are also evident in Jung Hee Mun’s work, which investigates the relationships created online and how they shift perceptions of personal identity. In The Pilot’s Journal, a video shows an online exchange between herself and an Air Force pilot who has shared his aerial photographs as he flies over the Middle East, discussing how to display the images so that they cannot be traced to the military. The series of pigment prints which follow the video present the solution; certain images are abstracted or barely visible, with their captions selectively redacted. Yet, the romanticism of the captions and the color saturated images stand in stark contrast to the presumably violent military missions of the pilot, humanizing his position.

[Lumi Tan, Curator at the Kitchen, NYC]

MFA Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
May 16––June 6
Thesis exhibition of the class of 2015
Curated by Lumi Tan