Free Jazz IV. Geomancers Screening Programme: Cheopcheopdamdam Iyagigeuk Mountain Storytellers, Storytelling Mountains: A Tale Theatre, Rice Brewing Sisters Club (South Korea)
Blk 38 Malan Road, The Single Screen
2020, HD video, colour, sound, 15 min 37 sec
Realised in collaboration with local residents, the first experimental video of the collective Rice Brewing Sisters Club weaves together oral histories, folk tales, poems, and agricultural wisdom harvested in Deokgeo-ri, a small rural community in the north-eastern region of Gangwon (South Korea). The work is structured in seven short chapters, with each chapter featuring enactments where villagers, sacred trees, and ritual objects perform simple choreographies to illustrate stories and practices of coexistence and interrelatedness between humans, the natural environment, and an otherworld teeming with spiritual entities. Imbued with a playful and whimsical sense of the communal, Cheopcheopdamdam Iyagigeuk / Mountain Storytellers, Storytelling Mountains: A Tale Theatre 첩첩담담 疊疊談談 이야기극 offers an insight into alternative worldviews made of sustainable practices and ecological belief systems.