Seo Hyun-suk
((  )) - I am the Cheshire Cat
  • Seoul
  • VR Performance

11.1.Wed - 11.16.Thur
11:00 - 20:00
No performance on Saturday, Sunday

STAGE66, Kocca Multi Content Testbed

  • 18 min
  • Free
  • Korean/English

“Everything that you are seeing has, apart from small changes, been there for thousands of years before you. After a while — not long — you will no longer exist, and the woods and rocks and sky will continue, unchanged, for thousands of years after you.
What is it that has called you so suddenly out of nothingness to enjoy for a brief while a spectacle which remains quite indifferent to you? What is this Self of yours? What was the necessary condition for making the thing conceived this time into you, just you and not someone else?
A hundred years ago, perhaps, another man sat on this spot; like you he gazed with awe and yearning in his heart at the dying light of the glaciers. Like you he was begotten of man and born of woman. He felt pain and brief joy as you do. Was he someone else? Was it not you yourself? What is this Self of yours?” - Erwin Schrödinger

Conceived·Directed·Filmed by Seo Hyun-Suk
Technical Director: Jeon Bongchan
Sound: HASC
Graphics: Jang Jinhee
Assistant Producer: Kwak Seoyoung
Commissioned by Ob/Scene
Supported by Arts Council Korea, Korea Creatvie Contents Agency

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((  )) - I am the Cheshire Cat
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Hommage to Seo Hyun-suk

‹Heterotopia›(Euljiro, 2010-11), ‹The Divine Prostitution of the Soul›(Yeongdeungpo, 2011), ‹Resolutely Autumn Wind›(Yokohama, 2013), ‹From the Sea›(Tokyo, 2014), the audience who visits real specific places take a solo journey into the situation where real streets and stages mise-en-scene coexist. The performer they encounter one-on-one during the journey draws an almost excessive personal connection. In the artificial condition of ‘artwork,’ the audience’s ‘authentic’ internal experience goes through tension between compromise and artificiality, which is what Seo calls ‘theatrical.’ Expanding his boundary from video to staging of place and following the premise that apparatus creates senses, he re-edits the spacetime and senses that are organized by the modern apparatus of cinema so that they can be experienced in real places without the support of cinematic technology such as camera or screen. This is in order to encourage the audience to question the border of ‘art’ and rediscover their senses in their own space without the communal foundation of auditorium.

Past Works

  • 2009 Festival Bo:m ‹Fat Show: Soul Fat, Or One Step Short of Hell›
  • 2010 Festival Bo:m ‹ㅣㅣㅣㅣㅁ›
  • 2011 Festival Bo:m ‹Heterotopia›
  • 2013 Festival Bo:m ‹Stage Fright (h u r t / h e l p)›
  • 2015 Asia Culture Center Theater Opening Festival ‹Lee Leenam: Second Edition›
  • 2021 Ob/Scene Festival ‹날개›
  • 2022 Ob/Scene Festival ‹A Constellation of Ruins›