Posts Tagged ‘video [home made]’

The Utopia Project at kaffny URBAN

The video for “The Utopia Project” (2004) will be screening on November 13th as part of the Korean American Film Festival New York. The event includes film, video, & new media from U.S. & international artists. Live music & DJ’s also provided. Looks like a dynamic lineup! Glad to be a part of this great event.

Event info.

 

 

 

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10 2011

The Utopia Project (2004)

The Utopia Project | Installation for Public Spaces

First street tests of the Utopia Project in Brooklyn, NY. Intended as a series of video installations to be projected onto the streets and architectural facades of the Financial District in NYC, this project began as an investigation into the Greek origins of the word utopia, and its various translations as ‘no-place’ or ‘good place.’ I wanted to know what contemporary interpretations could be activated within the political, social, and economic climate of the time, namely during the second term of Bush’s administration and the Iraq War. Other questions of place, the meaning of place, and personal conceptions of utopia in relation to one’s place in the world were also investigated. Choosing the Financial District for this project was intended as an intervention of a site (as place, or no-place) and its the symbolic power.

Link to video.

 

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10 2011

Ecstatic (2008)

Ecstatic / responsive installation for performance / choreography by Brian Buck

Link to video.

 

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10 2011

Flight Patterns (2008)

Flight Patterns / responsive installation for performance / choreography by Nadi Lesy & sound design by Yuchien Cheng

Programmed with Isadora

 

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10 2011

Transitional Soccer (2008)

Transitional Soccer (2008) / multichannel installation / programmed with Isadora

A four channel video and audio installation that uses soccer as a metaphor for exploring the emergences of relationality between individuals and societies within the context of nation-building.

Images were taken from a soccer match between Iraq and The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, two countries branded by George W. Bush as points on his so-called “Axis of Evil”.

I was particularly interested in exploring the complexities and possible relationships between the languages nations choose in the writing of their constitutions, nation-building, and the dynamics of geopolitical relationships.

Text was borrowed from Brian Massumi’s Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation (2002) to provide the conceptual framework.

 

 

 

 

Link to video documentation.

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10 2011

Han Circuit: prototype installation

Some photos for the first prototype of Han Circuit, a two-channel video installation.

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The background image was a landscape image of Yeonpyeong Island just after the recent North Korean bombing. Periodically, text ran across this image, which was taken from interviews with a North Korean defector and an elderly woman who had been separated from her son during the Korean War.

The main screen was divided into five smaller sections or panels, each a visual representation of Han and haan*: archival images of Koreans during the war, a dancer performing a traditional Buddhist dance called Seung-mu, and images of fire and water.

Viewer-participants sat in between the two projections.HanCircuit02

A live camera-feed inserted the viewer-participant’s image, also picking up the landscape image behind him, into the center frame of the main projection screen. Movements made by the viewer-participant also changed light intensities in the camera’s lens, which then effected the transparency and mixing of the images within the panels of the main screen.

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He could also listen to traditional Korean folk music via headphones, which helped to facilitate a more intimate experience.

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The feed from the camera was also on a delay that fed into the two side panels of the screen, so that when the viewer-participant left the installation, his image would slowly reappear and linger for a while.

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Han Circuit

Two-channel video | MiniDV | Color & Sound

Work in process

Han Circuit is a two-channel video installation that explores themes of the Korean psyche in socio-cultural and spiritual terms, as well as within the context of Korea’s modern history since the turn of the twentieth century until the present moment. There are two primary cultural forces which drive the content and form of this piece; the first being what is known as psychological han, a particular sentiment, or psycho-emotional state that is best understood as a cumulative process of suffering, longing, or resentment caused by extraneous forms of oppression. It connotes enduring hardships caused by forces outside of one’s own control, and can be especially understood within the context of Korea’s modern history, a narrative that includes colonization, civil war, and national division.

The second force at play is philosophical han. Though it shares similarity in spelling, philosophical han is distinctively different in that it is a philosophy indigenous to Korea that is concerned with the understanding and fostering of a harmonious relationship between man and the Universe. It is also an organizing factor in many forms of traditional music and dance. It is a philosophy that has existed since the very beginnings of civilization on the peninsula, and offers ways of understanding how to harmonize disparate or dissonant elements within the world. Kim Sang-Yil, a noted han scholar once stated that psychological han epitomizes the Korean psyche since national division, and philosophical han offers ways to understand how unification could be made possible.

This installation embodies the cyclical nature of psychological han while also adhering to elemental principles found within philosophical han. Cybernetic theory has offered a plentitude of possibilities in thinking about the conceptual and physical design of this piece. By understanding psychological han as a continuous pattern of generation, feedback, and regeneration, this installation has been designed as a closed circuit reactive piece, in which the viewer is also implicated into the circuit. Through this design I offer the viewer an intimate venue of experience for the understanding of the particularities and complexities of the Korean psyche.

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12 2010

two from the archives

What Godard Said from helen h park on Vimeo.

05:10 min | Mini DV and 16mm | black & white

produced 2005.

Godard remixed. This piece combines footage from a film I made in 1999 in homage to JLG’s “My Life To Live” with a favorite scene from that film. 16mm Directors of Photography: Ming Chen & Francesca Romeo.

Comments from DV Blog.

Video Sketches: Meditations on Flight, no3 from helen h park on Vimeo.

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12 2009

A few moments in Seoul

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I’ve been collecting bits of audio & video on my ventures out into the city, and this is just a little compilation of some of the things I’ve seen and heard.

The music is being performed live by North Korean defector, Seong-Jin Park & Ewha University’s traditional music ensemble. This is from the Beautiful Dream Concert held on the 15th. The other audio track was recorded on a subway platform. The video tower is by Ik-joong Kang & Nam June Paik.

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The time here has been interesting… inspiring, exhausting, mystifying, and daunting. Sometimes all at once. I will admit to a few moments of homesickness. But overall, the feeling of being here is quite good.

I realized there is a general absence of sirens, honking horns, shouting. Occasionally in the afternoons a man in a truck drives through the little side streets, announcing over a loud speaker what electronic goods he has for sale on board. Other than that, things are pretty staid. After living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, which always felt like one of the loudest neighborhoods in NYC – especially in the summer when everyone loved to have parties in their backyards with huge PA systems blasting reggaeton into the wee hours – this is a much welcomed change. How far away from that am I?

Looking forward to checking out a mandoo (dumpling) restaurant nearby, and also where I can get the perfect bowl of ja jang myun. These little things add up.

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08 2009

“i know the rainy days” (Mini DV from 16mm/color/sound. brooklyn, 2003)

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06 2009

Weekend Sky Show Starts With Moon-Venus-Mars Grouping

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06 2009