ikkibawiKrrr is a visual research band founded in 2021 that explores multifaceted links between plants and humanity, civilization and natural phenomena, and colonialism and ecology. Its current members are KO Gyeol, KIM Jungwon, and CHO Jieun.
In Korean, ikkibawi means “moss-rock” and krrr is an onomatopoeic word. Mosses live in the thin boundary between air and soil, adapt to their surroundings despite their tiny bodies, and expand their world along other worlds. The fact that the method of survival itself forms a movement, and that this movement sometimes thickens the layer of boundaries, is key to the practice of ikkibawiKrrr. Incorporating the way of mosses in its approach, the collective hopes to circulate its practice beyond individual projects and extend the boundary layer between life and art. Currently ikkibawiKrrr is researching the tropics and seaweeds, while farming and collaborating with local growers.
The members of ikkibawiKrrr were previously part of the collective mixrice. Mainly engaging with different conditions of migration, mixrice focused on plants, community, and temporality in its later practice. These interests and discussions are carried on to ikkibawiKrrr. Major exhibitions by mixrice include Michikusa: Walks with the Unknown, Art Tower Mito (2020); Cosmopolis #1: Collective Intelligence, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017); Korea Artist Prize 2016, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; and Sharjah Biennial 12 (2015).