Directed by Sung Hwan Kim
With dogr and Byungjun Kwon
The performance at the New Museum is a variation of Sung Hwan Kim’s In the room 3 (dog I knew) with new sets and props. The performance opens with an excerpt from Rainer Maria Rilke’s poetry and proceeds in a roundabout way to tell a story about being inside the very shape of this circuitous path.
Sung Hwan Kim’s “In the room” series is told through text, film/video, and music (in collaboration with dogr, a.k.a
David Michael DiGregorio). 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). Thickly layered vocal harmonies
interweave themselves with other parts of the narrative; a vocalist
might turn into a character in the storytelling process, just as the
story might turn into music.