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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Global Groove
Global Groove

Global Groove

director: Nam June Paik
original title: Global Groove
country: South Korea
year: 1973
running time: 29 min.

synopsis

This key work of video art from the pre-Internet era presents the present saturated by sensory stimuli and its global dimension in a visionary way. The breathtaking psychedelic stream flows between avant-garde and the mass media, as well as among cultures. Allen Ginsberg, John Cage or Navajo, Korean and Nigerian artists ride the same wave.

 

“If we could compile a weekly TV festival made up of music and dance from every county, and distributed it free-of-charge round the world via the proposed common video market, it would have a phenomenal effect on education and entertainment.” Nam June Paik


biography

Nam June Paik (1932-2006), a prominent member of the neo-Dadaist Fluxus movement, is considered the father of video art. Born in South Korea, he emigrated to the USA in 1964, where he helped create the multimedia landscape for fifty years. The Ji.hlava IDFF also presents his Butterfly.

more about film

director: Nam June Paik

other films in the section

Wet Dream
A voyeuristic evocation of a three-day funeral ritual presents death as a poetic and political affair. The phantasmagoric details of a dead body, hair, and human skin intersect erotically with intimacy, mystery, and fascination. Wet Dream is the haptic externalization of inner death in an oppressive society. “The film was shot without a screenplay, I don't maintain continuity of time and space, characters or story in it. The result is internal images created by combining fantasy and film experimentation.” Kim Yun-tae
personal program

Wet Dream

Yun-tae Kim
South Korea / 1992 / 15 min.
section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Factory Complex
Workers in Asian textile factories, flight attendants, and call center workers represent generations of mothers and daughters who have experienced the onset of neo-liberalism first-hand since the 1970s. Under the control of giants such as Samsung and Daewoo, they come to know the flip side of the dream of prosperity, which is also reflected in the surrealist René Magritte's Kiss of Lovers. The pair have their heads tangled in cloth, much like the heroines of the film, representing global blindness, and raises the question of whether only the exploited Third World workers are blind, or customers of e-shops and branded stores in the west as well.   “At the beginning of my career, I felt like a researcher, activist, social worker, or educator. Now I feel more like a funeral home employee.” Im Heung-soon
personal program

Factory Complex

IM Heung-soon
South Korea / 2014 / 95 min.
section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Czech Premiere
A Dream of Iron
In the port city of Ulsan, fishermen once worshiped the whale as an exalted deity. Today, the port is occupied by Hyundai's steelworks and shipyards. This captivating essay shows how metal colossi are born in the mechanical bowels of factories. Shafts, beams, and cranes of superhuman size form the graceful curves of the mechanical gods of the industrial age. In his second feature film, based on a video installation, Park recontextualizes industrial production. The levitating iron masses transform into artistic and religious artifacts against a backdrop of Mahler, Tibetan songs, and the sound of whales.   "I compose films rather than edit them - to me, it's like creating a piece of music."   Kelvin Kyung Kun Park
personal program

A Dream of Iron

Kelvin Kyung Kun Park
South Korea / 2010 / 79 min.
section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Czech Premiere
An Escalator in World Order
This editorial essay composed of propaganda films and news stories criticises the development of US-Korean relations after the Second World War. Kyung-man Kim subtly emphasises the rhetoric of the celebratory documents and turns it on its head. A constellation of Korean and American statesmen creates a media image of South Korea as a war-torn country that rises from the ashes like the mythical phoenix and, with the help of its saviour the USA, transforms itself into an economic power. But all the celebratory ceremonies, military parades, and rhetorical performances of Reagan, Clinton, and Bush are just puppet theatres for obedient citizens of a country troubled by dictatorship and autocratic regimes.   “The collision and irony between faith and the world, the unbridgeable gap.” 
personal program

An Escalator in World Order

Kyung-man Kim
South Korea / 2012 / 115 min.
section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Over me
The romance between a woman and a dead man from her dream speaks in hints and a poetic visual shorthand. Windows, walls, doors, and railroad tracks signify the impossibility of blending reality and the subconscious. Only through the medium of film can a bridge be built between the realms of the living and the dead and allow the lovers to meet in a lyrical blend of their images.
personal program

Over me

Chang-jae Lim
South Korea / 1996 / 18 min.
section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
robinson or me (From the Far East)
We are all Robinson in our own minds. It looks like a room where behind its walls the human soul wanders and drowns in helplessness. Until he discovers solid ground in the form of daily rituals, in the water spraying from the shower, or in the tea bag at the bottom of the mug. The banal detail, accompanied by the adaptation of Karel Krolow's poems and aliquot songs, is fed by spirituality.   "Cho's single-channel tapes and installations are formalist, almost painterly explorations of subjectivity and the subconscious." Seoungho Cho
personal program

robinson or me (From the Far East)

Seouongh Cho
South Korea / 1996 / 11 min.
section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Czech Premiere
2minutes40seconds
A dynamic mosaic with monumental orchestra accompaniment shows the South Korea of the 1970s as one of the strongest economies of the region. Images of progress of the civilization and modern lifestyle interspersed with strong cultural and religious tradition make an appeal to the divided nation to unite.
personal program

2minutes40seconds

Ok-hee Han
South Korea / 1975 / 10 min.
section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Planet of Snail
The deafblind poet knows reality only by touch, just like a snail. His slow haptic world of darkness and silence is as far removed from ordinary reality as life on an alien planet. However, this healing film does not represent existence in isolation and solitude as an oppressive existential drama, but as a lifelong therapy of darkness. Young-Chan does not reside on another planet - we are the ones who have distanced ourselves from within in an excess of visual and sound perceptions. A meditation on barriers and freedom cleanses the traces of civilization and opens the door to the elemental world of shapes, surfaces, movement, and the passage of time.   “People with disabilities are usually portrayed stereotypically as people who need our help and compassion. My film is different.” Seungjun Lee
personal program

Planet of Snail

Seung-jun Lee
South Korea, Japan, Finland / 2012 / 87 min.
section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Czech Premiere
Ten Oxherding Pictures #4: Catching the Ox-Two Chinese Quinces
Zen meditation, inspired by a series of ten Buddhist poems, reflects on the fate of two quinces. In vivid detail and framed by a red and white poetic acronym, these two fruits of the same tree set out on two fascinatingly different journeys. Each quince becomes part of a contemplative still life, both at a different pace and in a different space. They transform into an abstract part of the pictorial composition and, impartially, with the silent snowfall and the murmurs of rain and thunder, presenting the cycle of death and birth and departure and return.   "This film seeks to answer the question of what enlightenment is and how to achieve it." Ji-sang Lee 
personal program

Ten Oxherding Pictures #4: Catching the Ox-Two Chinese Quinces

Lee Ji-sang
South Korea / 2007 / 22 min.
section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Re Dis Appearing
Words come and go like water. The flow of spoken French and English on the border of clarity resonates in static shots, filled with simple pictorial symbols. Speech is not the bearer of meaning but a poetic element, a symbol of cyclicality, the bearer of displacement and exile.   „If words are to be uttered, they would be from behind the partition. Unaccountable is distance, time to transport from this present minute. “ Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
personal program

Re Dis Appearing

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
South Korea / 1977 / 3 min.
section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Czech Premiere
noimage
Following the modernization and industrialization of the country and the adoption of the Western model, Japan turned to annexed territory to cover the lack of resources on its own soil. Under the rule of the Japanese Empire, Korea thus became a stockpile of human labor and livestock.
personal program

Livestock Industry of Korea

South Korea / 1924 / 7 min.
section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Czech Premiere
I Am a Truck
The clip, one of twenty news clips that Kim made for the American Information Service shortly after the end of the Korean War, tells the story of a car. The vehicle speaks in a continuous monologue to the audience as it follows the process of its demise and rebirth. The components move from the junkyard to the car factory, where they are transformed into the metal interior of a new vehicle. We are not just following the story of the car, but that of the entire country as it recovers from the war and builds a new economy, led by businesses like Hyundai, a symbol of prosperity and national pride.“How will humanity make enough for three meals a day out of post-war poverty?”Kim Ki-young
personal program

I Am a Truck

Kim Ki-young
South Korea / 1953 / 18 min.
section: Transparent Landscape: South Korea
Czech Premiere
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