Doomsday Video

Yun Choi

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Festival Forum: EXiS 2021 Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul Doomsday Video
Yun Choi

14 Minutes

Festival Forum

October 28–November 11, 2021

Doomsday Video is a fictional archive of the ongoing year 2020 and an instruction for doomsday. In the era of the pandemic, borders are shut down, social distances are inscribed into our daily lives on planet earth. Choi calls for help on seven art colleagues: all female friends, who live and work in differents part of the world. Choi and the seven colleagues explore the possibility of solidarity under physical paralysis, interchanging stories of doomsday. Can we hold hands at a distance? How much can we believe the story of past and future when now/here is delayed? Can the grounds we each walk on get together and make a bridge? Can our voices come together to become slogans that someone will sing some time? With the image data and stories collected from these questions, Kimberly uses photogrammetry to construct a 3D space of each of the seven correspondent’s standing ground as well as a common ground to gather all their voices. Doomsday Video shares the smartphones and webcams grabbing and surveying, and tries the primitive ways of solidarity and contact such as telepathy, hand spa, and songs handed down by oral tradition.

Doomsday stands for the last judgement. Doomsday Book is a manuscript record of the “Great Survey” of much of England completed in 1086 by order of King William the Conqueror with the purpose of determining taxes and lands; a 1992 science fiction novel by Connie Willis to time-travel to the Middle Ages, conquered by the plague.

In collaboration with 3D-graphic designer Kimberly Lee.

Doomsday Video is one of seven shorts presented by the 18th edition of the Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul – EXiS, as part of a special selection on e-flux Video & Film, streaming for two weeks from October 28 to Novermber 11 and accompanied by a conversation between EXiS 2021 programmer Inhan Cho and e-flux’s Lukas Brasiskis. See the full program here.

The program is part of the series Festival Forum on e-flux Video & Film, presenting collaborations with established and emerging moving-image festivals from around the world.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

Experimental Film, Video Art, Covid-19, Apocalypse, Southeast Asia
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Yun Choi captures and compiles scenes that create a social climate, and repurposes them for her videos combined with mixed-media installations and performances. Interested in pedestrian and conventional images, words, and behaviors of contemporary Korean society, she focuses on the collective belief and emotional state they imply. Choi had solo exhibitions at DOOSAN Gallery Seoul and New York (2020) and Art Sonje Center project space (2017), and participated in group exhibitions at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (2021), Asia Culture Center (2020), Art Sonje Center (2019), Arko Art Museum (2019), Busan Biennale (2018), the Gwangju Biennale’s satellite exhibition (2018), Buk-Seoul Museum of Art (2017), Kukje Gallery (2017), Seoul Museum of Art (2016), and more. Choi is currently a resident artist at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.


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