CHEONGGYECHEON MEDLEY: A DREAM OF IRON screening and discussion with Kelvin Park
18 Feb 2014
1:30PM - 4:00PM
|Where||NYU Einstein Auditorium
34 Stuyvesant Street
New York, NY 10003
|Enquiry||212 998 5700|
NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions and Tisch Cinema Studies Asian Film and Media Initiative present a screening of Kelvin Park’s 청계천 메들리 Cheonggyecheon Medley followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.
CHEONGGYECHEON MEDLEY is a heavy metal fever dream of an epistolary documentary. The narrator writes a letter to the ghost of his grandfather wondering if his recurring childhood nightmare of rusted metallic images is related to the family history. After running a scrap metal factory in Tokyo during World War II, his grandfather ended up in Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon district where small-scale run-down metal workshops still exist amidst the gentrifying city. Drawing clues from fragments of dreams and myths relating to metal, the ﬁlm reveals the secret alchemy of third world modernity in Cheonggyecheon where this nearly-obsolete hand labor still survives. The ﬁlm attempts to reveal how we shape the metal through techniques such as sand casting and milling machines, only to ﬁnd out that metals have already processed us into beings of industrialization instead.
Photo courtesy of the artist and organiser/s
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