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Live Forever I, 2001 (detail). Fiberglass with acoustic foam, black leather upholster y, plexiglass, and electronic equipment. 100 x 60 x 38 inches (254 x 152.4 x 96.52 cm). Collection of the artist. Live Forever I, 2001. Fiberglass with acoustic foam, black leather upholster y, plexiglass, and electronic equipment. 100 x 60 x 38 inches (254 x 152.4 x 96.52 cm). Collection of the artist. 
Live Forever installation at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 2001.
Live Forever I, 2001 (detail). Fiberglass with acoustic foam, black leather upholster y, plexiglass, and electronic equipment. 100 x 60 x 38 inches (254 x 152.4 x 96.52 cm). Collection of the artist.
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Live Forever I, 2001. Fiberglass with acoustic foam, black leather upholster y, plexiglass, and electronic equipment. 100 x 60 x 38 inches (254 x 152.4 x 96.52 cm). Collection of the artist.
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Live Forever installation at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 2001.
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Lee Bul

Live Forever is a multi-media installation consisting of three karaoke pods in the form of futuristic race cars, and three original videos. This ambitious project continues Lee’s investigation of karaoke, a form of entertainment that has been wildly popular in Asian urban centers for over a decade. Her earlier project exploring the subject was Gravity Greater Than Velocity, an installation first exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1999.

Each karaoke pod in Live Forever was first carved in Styrofoam, which was then used to cast the forms in fiberglass. The interiors are upholstered in leather, and equipped with sound systems and a small video monitor that plays one of three videos—Amateurs, Anthem, or Live Forever—while the words of the chosen song scroll by. The enclosed pods are comfortable and private, allowing individual participants to sing their favorite song at full volume should they desire to do so. While the audio is not played outside the karaoke booths, the video and lyrics are projected onto the wall opposite each pod, a gesture that heightens the ambivalence between public and private that characterizes each participant’s performance.

The exhibition of Live Forever was produced collaboratively with the FW+M and the San Francisco Art Institute. While the FW+M worked with Lee to produce the karaoke pods, the San Francisco Art Institute assisted the artist with the production of the video by the same name, filmed in the Tonga Room of the historic Fairmount Hotel.

Bio
Korean, born 1964, lives in Seoul
Lee Bul earned her BFA in sculpture from Hong Ik University in Seoul (1987). She has become known for her sculptural and multi-media installations that explore trends in popular culture, themes of feminine identity, and science fiction fantasies such as her series of female cyborgs, which were included in the 1998 Hugo Boss Prize Exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York. Organized by the FW+M and the San Francisco Art Institute, her one-person exhibition Live Forever traveled to numerous North American venues in 2002 including the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City. In 1999, Lee was selected to represent her country in the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Other solo shows have been organized by Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan (2000), Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland (Projektraum, 1999), and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (Projects series, 1997).