Heaven Baek: Platforms of Reality (Bilingual edition)


This book is not yet published, but will be available from May 2024.

ISBN: 9783775756495 Category:


Platforms of Reality examines the oeuvre of a multi-layered analysis and interpretation of Heaven Baek’s work, which resonates through the composition of people and society in both reality and on stage. The main content of the book ranges from the artist’s early works to her recent practice, where she questions the reality of video timelines and instant realities with a strong sense of immediacy, collective memories, and staged realities. And through these well-scripted performances, she is thus representing the flood of real information that has somehow lost its purpose and meaning.

The book is divided into four different chapters, each exploring a different sense of reality. The “platform” is used for both as a stage or, where trains leave from different tracks with different destinations, crossing paths while encountering each other continuously. These platforms may be imagined as stages for her work-bringing together her artistic approaches where Baek attempts to permeate social collectives with her research and artistic methodologies-from drawing to video to installation.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 23 x 28 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 1 May 2024
Number of pages 208
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Heaven Baek and Sungwoo Kim, Text by Simon Fuchs, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Saskia Janssen, Francis McKee, Beatrix Ruf, and Hyeyoung Shin
Dimensions 23 x 28 cm
Weight 300 g


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HEAVEN BAEK (*1984, Busan, South Korea) studied Media Arts in Melbourne, and received her Master's degree from the Glasgow School of Art. She uses staged reality to bring her videos and installations to fruition, magnifying mechanisms of society and social interaction. She lives and works in Seoul and Berlin.