Sung Hwan Kim, Sung Hwan Kim and a lady from the sea, 2005, Single Channel Video, 13min, Color & Sound, Image by Paul Perry
In From the Commanding Heights … , a tale of love (between an actress and a president from a past, once inhabited by a living generation of now) is told through text, film/video, and music (in collaboration with David Michael DiGregorio, a.k.a. dogr). The music itself is made with layered voice, ocarina, delay, a sampling keyboard, harmonica, kazoo, pump organ, guitar, mallets, stretched membranous materials, jae-gum (Korean cymbals) and pang-eul (Korean bells). Through this process, a vocalist might turn into a character in the story telling process; the story might turn into music in turn.
A man looks at Frida Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait with Medallion”, painted in 1948. Photo: EFE/Everett Kennedy Brown.