25 Oct Officer Tuba meets happy gost. SoJin Chun
From November 8th 2013 to January 4th 2014
SAC – El Tragaluz Digital – Gobierno de Canarias
C/ José Murphy, 12 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tel: 922 533 272 Horario: M-V de 11:00 a 14:00 h y de 17:00 a 20:00 h S de 11:00 a 14:00 h
Officer Tuba Meets Happy Ghost
SoJin Chun combines characters appropriated from two Hong Kong films and digitally rotoscopes them into contemporary Super 8 mm film footage shot in Korean neighbourhoods, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Toronto, Canada. Pulled from their Hong Kong settings, these characters are recast as Koreans, playing with western perceptions and stereotypes of Asian identity. The ruptures and continuity of culture within diasporic communities frame these figures displaced in time, space, language, and culture.
The principal characters in this new film are the titular Officer Tuba of Where’s Officer Tuba (1986) and an actress taken from Happy Ghost 3(1986). Although they still never meet, Chun casts these two figures as potentially star-crossed lovers searching for each other at the same moment in cities thousands of miles apart. Through a labour intensive process, Chun has removed these figures from their original time and space to engage with the present and the Asian diaspora in the Americas.
Officer Tuba Meets the Happy Ghost presents viewers with an alternate method for engaging in representation and time through the construction of a cinema within the gallery. The displacement of characters from the contexts and times of the original films allow the artist to rupture the seamless flow of cinematic narrative creating a new space from the incomplete film reels. Chun extends this new narrative by maintaining the space for the cinema, complete with single screen, seating and movie poster outside the entrance. This creation of a black box within the white cube asserts a collective experience and cinematic form that allows the source to speak within its formal language while narrative communication is ruptured.