Book of Permutation = Tale of a Dying House

Nuka Nayu, Harry Appleyard
9 min

Barbican Centre

22 May



An idiosyncratic story of incantation/birth in the form of a funeral, told by window-keeper spirits in a house, stories are realised through the process of making. Taking on themes of the Buddhist funeral tradition in Korea in which people hold a funeral every 7 days for 7 weeks. The work interrogates ways in which change can be evoked by decoding reality, history, and past; tracing clues that others have left, while leaving marks to be observed, and slipping in and out of the dark life that language and its inscriptions on matter extrude into the fiction of reality. By interpreting an adaptive method of the funeral tradition, the work hosts a decoded ceremony with experiences of each stage of the 49 days between life and afterlife. The fictitious space the work navigates within is a pending event on the digital/non-human timeline, which interrogates the ontology of a ghost who is both yet to live and die.

Commissioned as part of the Bagri Foundation’s Chang/ce series.

Nuka Nayu, Harry Appleyard

Nuka Nayu and Harry Appleyard are multidisciplinary artists specialising in textile, costume, digital work, sculpture, and moving image. Nayu grew up in Korea and graduated from Royal College of Art last year studying MA Sculpture. Harry is a recent graduate studying BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College.