9’ 59", 2 channel DVD projection, 2006
After walking through a dark, gradually ascending passageway, you will arrive in the balcony space where two projection screens are standing side by side. The video begins with a scene of driving around to find a ‘place’ to park in the ‘non-place’ of a parking area, accompanied by the voice-over of a taxi driver giving a harangue about how ardently his generation were united under the command of the former president Park Jeong Hee, in order to ‘keep alive’ and defend this country in the ruins of the Korean war. Then, the scene is followed by the images of the artist’s daily routine, whose narrative advances independently by increasing the distance from the driver’s monolog of constant scolding and nagging. This distance grows, until the camera presents some dreamlike scenes as if falling into its own dream, even while watching the driver’s back.
The generation who had to distinguish democracy from its opponent for the purpose of surviving, and who went through colonization and war, accepted binary thought as the dominating motive of their lives. The myth, or the timeless nostalgia, has been continuously manipulated by the ideology of development and growth. Wrong Question repeatedly questions about the very myth, or the so-called “Miracle of Han River.” And it is in a rather contradictory or difficult way that the film attempts to overcome the myth: do not avoid, but chew over it. Wrong Question intended to find the right answer to the wrong question not in the correspondence between image and sound, but in what is left behind in their distance. The human madness always comes from the tendency to draw a clear line between ‘us’ and ‘them’, intolerant of ambiguity, and out of the interval between image and sound springs another power, that is, imagination.
Probably, life might be a journey where you learn how to tell good from evil in a taxi you take casually and nevertheless, cannot be discharged from an obligation to stand in the endless line of choices about what is still true.
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