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.
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