The 20th edition of SMTF presents a new video work by Korean artist Chang Jia. The work can be viewed by clicking the link below.
Connections can be viewed on a screen at Shinchon Art Space throughout the festival. It can also be viewed by scanning a QR code at all festival venues.
Connections begins with six performers from the different groups participating in this year’s festival coming together for a workshop. They catch up before sharing and discovering various forms of ‘greeting’ using the particular performance language of the company they belong to. Through touching in the act of greeting, they share expressions and sensations of the body that have numerous implications. These include the things that cause the most intuitive reaction between points of physical contact, expanding thoughts on the sense of physical distance, as well as the disquiet around implied meanings.
Through performances, videos, installations, and photography, Chang Jia reveals the sensations of pain and pleasure produced by the body that responds as an organism and the body as a culturally constructed place. Starting with <Physical Conditions to Be an Writer> (2000), which puts the artist herself in a somewhat violent and dangerous situation as if it were an 'experiment', <Physical Conditions to Be a Writer> (2000), <Peeing Standing Up> ( 2006), <Beautiful Tools Series I> (2009), which penetrated the history of torture with the eroticism of 'sadomasochistic' pain and pleasure; (2007) and <Beautiful Tools Ⅲ>(2014), Chang Jia has dealt head-on with the fragility of the material body, which is socially taboo, unpleasant, and offensive (above all dangerous). The animal nature of the body represented by ‘leather, flesh, blood, urine, and body fluids’ in Jia’s work allows us to approach the fundamental (self-destructiveness) of sexuality.
6 performers from 5 companies participating in the festival
Kwak Young-hyeon (Seongbuk-dong Pigeon Theatre)
Moon Byungjae Moon (creative tookchida)
Yang Joo-hyun (Win Win Theatre)
Yoon So-hee (In and Out of the One)
Jo Byeong-guk (Win Win Theatre)
Hong Sa-bin (Project Empty Space)