video, 3:50 mins, installation with sound, 2009
In North Korea, the ‘Joseon Painting’ describing forceful sea and wave is a genre. The ‘Revolutionary Romanticism’ of these paintings brings the chronic insufficiency of energy in North Korea to mind. The ‘National Forms’ of these paintings remind me of the giant power plants from the West investigating in North Korean Sea. The Joseon painters of Mansudae Art Studio perfectly serve their political role in North Korea. My ‘video art’ appropriating their art wastes the electricity.
- ‘Waves of Haegumgang’(Study of wave shape from Joseon painting, author KIM Sung- Guen, 2.16 Art Education Publishing, 2003) which was published in North Korea contains 60 photo images of wave paintings. In this book, the way of painting sea and wave as ‘Joseon Painting’ is explained in detail over 120 pages.
- In 2000, hydroelectric power plants generated about 67% of North Korea's electricity. As a result of the electricity shortage, North Korea has resorted to a rationing system. The country often experiences blackouts for extended periods of time, and power losses due to an antiquated transmission grid are high.
- At present (2002), South Korea has not agreed to supply the North with electricity from its own transmission grid. North Korea also has reportedly discussed the possibility of electricity aid with Russia.
- As it is considered to be a geological extension of China's Bohai Bay, the West Korea Bay of North Korea may contain hydrocarbon reserves. The manufacturers such as Sweden's Taurus Energy AB, Britain’s Soco International and Aminex PLC are investigating in the exploitation of oil and gas of North Korean sea.
installation view, PKM gallery, 2009