In my art, I’m really interested at looking at older visual forms and cultural practices and transforming them using media, technology, and modern sensibilities. Living in Korea has put me in direct contact with a fascinating and engaging culture to learn about. Being a “waygook-in” (literally translated as “outside person” or “foreigner”) gives me an outside perspective on Korean culture. I find that a lot of Korean viewers are often fascinated by a fresh perspective on Korean culture and are really interested in cultural remixing and seeing new representations of old traditions.
So I was really excited to find this new band called SsingSsing. They combine Korean folk songs with glam rock to create new songs. They also cross-dress to represent shamans’ way of channeling both male and female spirits.
It’s a radical form of neo-traditionalism that embodies a lot of what I try to do in my own creative practice. I can’t stop listening.