Lecture performance with talkative rice cookers
One day when his electric rice cooker informed him that his meal was ready, Jaha Koo experienced a deep sense of isolation. ‘Golibmuwon’ (고립무원) is an untranslatable Korean word expressing the feeling of helpless isolation that characterizes the lives of many young people in Korea today.
Twenty years ago, a major economic crisis swept South Korea, comparable to the crash that hit the United States and Southern Europe in 2008. This crisis had a huge impact on the young generation to which South Korean artist Jaha Koo belongs. He witnessed many endemic problems including youth unemployment and socio-economic inequality. Rising suicide rates, isolation, acute social withdrawal and a fixation on personal appearance are but a few of the symptoms.
In bittersweet and humorous dialogues, Jaha and his clever rice cookers take you on a journey through the last 20 years of Korean history, combining personal experience with political events and reflections on happiness, economic crises and death.
Concept, direction, text, music and video Jaha Koo Performance Hana, Duri, Seri & Jaha Koo Hardware-Hacking Idella Craddock Stage design and technical support Eunkyung Jeong Dramaturgical counseling Dries Douibi Production Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek