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London Korean Film Festival 2020: Artist Video Strand

Thu 29 Oct - Thu 12 Nov 2020

Online

LUX presents Artist Video Strand at The London Korean Film Festival 2020, featuring works by Moojin Brothers and Seo Young Chang.

The Artist Video strand for this year’s LKFF imagines a space for Korean artists whose moving image practices allude to subtle, intricate and ambiguous inquiries against status quo and complacency. As the global outcry wakes us up from collective amnesia we are reminded of the fundamental problems that have been hovering near us yet overlooked. South Korea, the country that succeeded in flattening the curb is not an exception. The causes behind the success story ironically cannot discount issues such as homogeneity, conformity and prioritisation of efficiency that hinder a radical and meaningful change.

The programme comprises two Artist in Focus screenings; the Moojin Brothers and Seo Young Chang who acutely probe their visceral responses to everyday reality, which underpin broader issues. Inspired by their lived experiences, the Moojin Brothers create dreamlike parables infused with contemporary fatigue and absurdity within the prescribed structure. Their surreal imageries reconsider the path through which knowledge is constructed. While the Moojin Brothers’ social critique often reflects the life of their generation in stagnation, Seo Young Chang looks inward to echo how the power of a structure can shape one’s experience. Chang focuses on the (in)visibility of corporeal existence and the physical pain that collapses the network of time and space of a body, generating an unproductive entity. The selected videos will guide us through different states of existence and trouble the conceptual and physical definition of a living body.

The programme is comprised of two Artist in Focus screenings; the Moojin Brothers and Seo Young Chang who acutely probe their visceral responses to everyday reality, which underpin broader issues. Inspired by their lived experiences, the Moojin Brothers create dreamlike parables infused with contemporary fatigue and absurdity within the prescribed structure. Their surreal imageries reconsider the path through which knowledge is constructed. While the Moojin Brothers’ social critique often reflects the life of their generation in stagnation, Seo Young Chang looks inward to echo how the power of a structure can shape one’s experience. Chang focuses on the (in)visibility of corporeal existence and the physical pain that collapses the network of time and space of a body, generating an unproductive entity. The selected videos will guide us through different states of existence and trouble the conceptual and physical definition of a living body.

The underlying theme in the programme interrogates the standardised speed, value and meaning of linear time. Chang once said in an interview, a body is “a prism that perceives the world.” In the works of both the Moojin Brothers and Chang, the medium of moving image becomes a body that senses, endures and refracts the time at unforeseen angles. The films invite us to linger for a while to reassess what it means to make progress and move forward in and outside of South Korea.

The festival runs from 29 Oct to 12 Nov – access the full programme here


Programme:

Artist Video I: Moojin Brothers
30 October – 2 November

Scriptures of the Wind (풍경), 2016, 20 min 57 sec

The Trace of the Box – Now, Curiosity About the World (궤적 – 목하, 세계진문), 2018, 8 min 4 sec

The Trace of the Box – A Better World (궤적 – 좋은 세상), 2017, 5 min 30 sec

An interview with Moojin Brothers

 

Artist Video Strand II: Seo Young Chang
6 – 9 November

Who is Lea? (Lea는 누구인가?), 2015, 3 min 30 sec

Circle, 2017,  7 min 58 sec

A Globe in a Flat World (납작한 세계의 구체), 2016, 5 min 40 sec

Your Delivery (유어 딜리버리), 2019, 7 min 19 sec

An interview with Seo Young Chang

 


LKFF X LUX Talk: A conversation with The Stream and Meetingroom

Available to view here

LUX hosts a conversation on alternative forms of recording and sharing contemporary art in South Korea. We are joined by Sera Jung (The Stream) and Jungin Hwang (Meetingroom) to discuss their online initiatives and the role of an online platform as an archive and a site of dissemination.


 

A Better World, Moojin Brothers, 2017