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[Borderless Storyteller]

Considering the expansion of filmed media, the Expanded Plus section has introduced “moving image” works that do not restrict the space of the theater. During the past three years, the selections of this section have exemplified how the realm of the moving image has expanded at a faster rate on screens of different sizes. Accordingly, the JEONJU IFF asks what kind of innovation could be pursued at this point and how far the film medium could be expanded in the future. As the perception of “space” has changed due to the pandemic and the moving image has become common with the advancement of technology, the big question is to what extent new technologies have been and will be combined with art. Although a film is created with technology, technology alone does not become art. While most chase changes in technology, this year’s “Borderless Storyteller” has been prepared with the belief that it fits the most with current and futuristic directions to focus on artists who tell contemporary stories through media.

First, we shine the spotlight on Korean artists who tell their stories through various kinds of media. Since this section was organized within the framework of a film festival, it had previously introduced the experimental works of film directors. This year, we overturned this tradition and focused on artists from other fields who use visual media to express their stories. We invited and shall screen the works of the eight artists who have worked across different types of media and have achieved artistic achievements that include cinematic values in their moving image work. This also includes directors who have worked on films but have broadened their horizons as creators of moving images that are differentiated from conventional films in terms of technology and form.

Second, we focus on the viewpoint and expression method of the story. Traditionally, this section had focused on films that made rather conventional attempts with the language of cinema, but this time, we highlight the “story,” which will remain a constant in the face of technological changes. This is because, in this transitional period, it is more important to keep an eye on today’s visual arts, topics that contemporary artists are interested in and the way they tell their stories, rather than distinguishing between what is a film and what is not.

Mackerel Safranski, Keem Youngle, Gina Kim, Kim Heecheon, Moojin Brothers, Song Joo-won, Oh Jaehyeong, and Hwang Soo-hyun. Based on VR, painting, dance, literature, and music, these eight innovative artists expand the realm of moving images without fear of new media. Alongside their screenings, we will publish an interview book that will give us a deeper understanding of their art world. Through the various stories of their work in the book, we can learn the directors’ perspectives on the world and puzzle out where films stand in context with the era of media convergence.

Written by Programmer Sung MOON

*The VR work of director Gina Kim, one of the Borderless Storytellers, will be screened in a separate space, not in the theater.

Mackerel Safranski is an artist who focuses on drawing and painting. She knows how to make situations or emotions alive in a painting and delude viewers to feel like they are watching a film. Her latest animated drawings depict the gaze and prejudice on human bodies. Her work is not about the progress of an event or dramatic narrative but more about the expandability of media to visualize emotions and feelings that cannot be expressed by language. [Sung MOON]​
Hwang Soo-hyun is a choreographer who explores senses and emotions. She has broadened the boundary of art by raising fundamental questions about theater and movement. She opened a new horizon of watching a dance performance by turning the stage-centered viewing into the experience-oriented one. She uses cinematic techniques on stage and visualizes her choreographic language in stop-motion animations to expand the potential of dance. [KWON Heesue]​
After studying painting at university, Oh Jaehyeong works as a pianist and director and meets people through his performance and screening. His main themes have been Gangjeong, Sewol ferry, Gwangju, and disability. Still, his work is about arousing the imagination on other people for a more inclusive society, beyond the resistance movement against injustice. His life and work tell us that the story beating your heart makes the most beautiful artwork. [Sung MOON]
Moojin Brothers is a media artist group that consists of JUNG Mujin, JUNG Hyoyoung, and JUNG Youngdon. They connect familiar, contemporary issues with old texts and images of myth, making them look unfamiliar and irrelevant to time and place. While the artists contemplate how personal chronology can become a universal story, they keep questioning and providing the direction of the times and expanding their artistic boundaries, not limited to any genre or media. [KWON Heesue]
Kim Heecheon is a visual artist who focuses on the signs of the contemporary world rapidly changed by digital technology. His early works were sensational as he depicted the reality of the flat world mediated by screen through autobiographical narrative. He has shown how technology changes the way the world operates. In the 2010s, he became one of the major digital artists led by young artists in the new art trend, gaining empathy and resonance among the young generation. [KWON Heesue]
Keem Youngle is an artist of language and thinking. She combines the core language of art—text and image—with film, photography, installation, and publication. Her fake documentary mixes facts and fiction to make viewers doubt about facts placed before their eyes and catalyze deeper thinking and a new perspective on the world. She reminds us that contemporary art is required to reassemble the history and culture of the past and to present differentiated contexts from today’s perspective. [Sung MOON]
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