Directed, shot, edited, & scored by Sharad Kant Patel
Question: How does artist David Chung manifest a form of North Korean landmark in Ann Arbor, Michigan while both subverting and adhering to the dogma associated with the original?
Answer: Through a communal construction of a lantern replica of the torch, thereby suggesting the lantern lighting tradition of Buddhism, a type of ceremony persecuted by the State of North Korea.
The opening shots of the tower in Pyongyang are special effects created from still photos. The stadium footage was taken from David Chung's home videos of the Mass Games: Arirang Festival, which he managed to sneak out of North Korea.
This video and art was curated by Amanda Krugliak at the Institute for Humanities at the University of Michigan.
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