PROJECT

The World Is Thin

2017 – Ongoing

Written, Directed and Produced by Joo Young Lee

The World Is Thin is an ongoing series of 3D simulated scenarios exploring memory, violence, and recovery. The project is developed around two protagonists: a pigeon and a woman/digital body. The main scenario is composed of three parts. The first part focuses on the pigeon as a living body that shares the urban space together, has its story to unfold, and as a witness who has seen every back alley in a city. The second part looks into a life of woman who is also a digital body made from 3D scan data. The last part explores their encounter. Each work of the project takes a different form from a single-channel video to a multi-channel video installation with an architectural structure. Techniques and materials used for each work varies from 3D animation, 3D scanning and printing. The World Is Thin is initiated from one question: If the world, that is made of images, fragments, constructs, is indeed thin, how can we explain the thick, opaque, heavy, and wet experience - the residue of trauma?

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WORK

The World Is Thin: Trembling Hill 얇은 세계: 진동하는 언덕

2018

Single-channel video, HD 3D animation, Color, Sound

06:32 mins

 

The World Is Thin: Trembling Hill was originally created as a three-channel video installation. The work was generated from the beginning part of the main scenario. Viewers were invited to walk through the screen architecture.

Below is an excerpt from the script.

I saw many things since I arrived here. The shadows behind the window. The darkest area in a back alley. The boots. Cracking police shields and bodies falling on asphalt. A small human walking fast. A big human following her. Whispering voices. Cautious eyes. Swing of hand. No one knew that I was watching. I was the asphalt of pavement, the brick of building, and the streetlamp in the city. No one saw me. But I saw everything. All the things they hid.

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Do you know that we can actually remember those faces? The faces that throw stone, feed, put fences, hit. I still remember your face.

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I arrived at a hill where your body and my body break, become fragmented, and overlay. I saw many things. I witnessed many things. The shaking body, splashing liquid, and the glittering pieces of metal on the street. They were singing ceaselessly. Was I also singing?

Could I find you here? There are so many broken pieces. They come stick to me as I am walking. Is your fragment also here? Is your body and my body becoming one – merging – without even knowing?

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WORK

The World Is Thin: Trembling Hill 얇은 세계: 진동하는 언덕

2018

Three-channel video installation, HD 3D animation, Color, Sound, Wood structure, Translucent Screen, 8 ft (height) x 4 ft (entry width) x 11 ft (longest side), 03:36 mins

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