January 23, 2016
**Registration is closed. Event is full**
A collaborative audiovisual performance from South Korean filmmaker Lee Hangjun and noise musician Hong Chulki.
The program features Film Walk (2012) and Phantom Schoolgirl Army (2013), two works that make use of multiple 16mm projectors and turntables to explore method, material, and memory.
Free, but space is limited. Please register in advance.
Co-presented by the Smart Museum of Art and Lampo.
Film moves through a camera or projector as gears engage the perforations or sprocket holes in film stock. In Film Walk, the projector's optical sound head reads Lee's hand-made perforations as sound, as he draws the film strip while walking around the space. Instead of continuous image movement, the perforations make what the artist calls "a hole a sound," where sounds mass according to the speed of his step and length of the performance.
Phantom Schoolgirl Army is based on a collection of military photographic portraits, and elaborates on the story of North Korean spies disguised as high school girls during the Yeosu-Suncheon Rebellion of 1948. The South Korean government used this legend as anti-Communist propaganda.
Lee Hangjun (b.1977, Seoul, South Korea) is a filmmaker and independent curator who also works as a programmer at EXiS in Seoul. He also has curated screening and live media programs such as Cinematic Divergence (2013) and Mujanhyang (2014) for the National Museum of Contemporary Arts in Seoul and Embeddedness: Artist Films and Videos from Korea 1960’s to Now (2015) for the Tate Modern in London. His works are based on multi-projection and optical sound, often involving improvisations with a variety of artists. His films have been shown at various venues including the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), 102 (France), South Bank Centre (UK), Café Oto (UK), LUFF (Switzerland), BOZAR (Belgium) and Netmage10 (Italy) and have been distributed by Light Cone in Paris (France).
Hong Chulki (b.1976) is a noise/improvising musician known for his cartridge-less turntable, and as the founding member of Astronoise, Korea’s first live noise act (with Choi Joonyong). He has focused on free improvisation since the early 2000s, collaborating with musicians including Ryu Hankil, Jin Sangtae, Joe Foster, Kevin Parks, Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M., Jason Kahn, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Nick Hoffman, Robbie Avenaim and Zbigniew Karkowski. Hong has composed pieces for several Korean experimental films, especially, Goksa (Kim Gok and Kim Sun). He also has been a long-time collaborator in the audio-visual performance project Expanded Celluloid, Extended Phonograph, with Korean film artist Lee Hangjun, who works in 16mm multi-projection performance. Hong’s recordings both in solo and collaborative format have been released on his own label, Balloon & Needle, co-founded and co-run with Choi, and by Manual, Celadon, Pilgrim Talk, Hanson Records and Audition Records.
International travel support provided by Center Stage Korea; Korea Arts Management Service; and Ministry of Sports, Culture and Tourism.