Jemulpo Club



As part of a restoration project of the Jemulpo Club building (presently Jung-gu Culture Center) designated as Incheon City Cultural Property No.17, a video installation is set in its indoor space.

Based on the historical record used for social gatherings of foreign residents from Japan, America, and Europe during the colonial era, this work presents two clips of fiction and non-fiction through four videos system in a narrative, structural relation.

With a screenplay by Seo Jeong-shin, the fiction, directed by Kim Jae-sung, consists of four 1.3-minute episodes in a drama format. These dramas address private love stories, and diverse episodes of political and diplomatic relations that may occur in social gatherings.

The non-fiction consists of four 0.3-minute documents produced through the collection of Jung Jung-hwa's work. These incidents include Empress Myeongseong assassination in 1895, Seoul-Incheon railway construction between 1896 and 1900, first immigration to Hawaii in 1903, and Russo-Japanese War between 1904 and 1905.

This work maximizes a contrastive effect through fiction and non-fiction in form, the club's inside and outside, private and public, historical narratives, and simultaneous and continuous display.

Video installation

Monitor 1: Drama 1. / Empress Myeongseong assassination / Drama 2. / Seoul-Incheon railway construction / Drama 3. / Immigration to Hawaii / Drama 4. / Russo-Japanese War

Monitor 2: Drama 2. / Empress Myeongseong assassination / Drama 3. / Seoul-Incheon railway construction / Drama 4. / Immigration to Hawaii / Drama 1. / Russo-Japanese War

Monitor 3: Drama 3. / Empress Myeongseong assassination / Drama 4. / Seoul-Incheon railway construction / Drama 1. / Immigration to Hawaii / Drama 2. / Russo-Japanese War

Monitor 4: Drama 4. / Empress Myeongseong assassination / Drama 1. / Seoul-Incheon railway construction / Drama 2. / Immigration to Hawaii / Drama 3. / Russo-Japanese War

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