Installation view: Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Asian Diva: The Muse and the Monster, Korea. Photo documentation: Byunghun Min / Halo Studio.


STRANGE MEETINGS

HD video. 11:08 min. 2017

Strange Meetings documents the former STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) treatment facility in Soyosan. To maintain clear boundaries, the building was utilized during the 1970s to isolate bodies of those who were presumed to be contaminated from those deemed clean. As a host of strange meetings, the site today, however, materially bears witness to the entangled relations behind its establishment and the impossibility of creating neat separations. The decomposing building is being encroached upon by rubbish and surrounding vegetation. Knotted together, each feed on each other, leaving holes in the structure and breaking down distinctions between inside and outside, architecture and debris. And beyond being an abandoned site in decay, it now serves as a backdrop for another strange meeting: A performance takes place against the back side of the building every weekend, which inadvertently complicates the relationship between past and present and diffuses the reading of the site by overriding but potentially also purging its history.


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Acknowledgments

Cinematography: Guston Sondin-Kung

Performers: Halmae and Mishin / 할매와미신이

Translation and research assistance: Hayeon Heather Kim / 김하연

Research assistance: Haeseo Kim / 김해서 

Research exchange: Jennifer Kwon Dobbs