It is the work of Junha-kim, a video artist working in South Korea, who describes virtual environments through cameras and actual on-stage performances as "the stage of death." It is casting doubts together on the existence between the inner acts depicting each stage of death and the virtual images and outer realm arising from the real stage action.
Can we incorporate the emotion of someone facing his/her death into the logic of the above stages?
Is death in an area where steps are clearly separated?
What about an attempt to bring death into the realm of reason and understanding?
Isn't death an 'the absolute other' that can never be reached?
'DABDA: The Five Stages of The Grief' is an experimental performance filmed in an immersive stage with the front and floor projections with a special camera setting. Only on the specific spot of the target camera, it makes a realistic scene, but not in else camera perspectives.
The real studio with 2 projectors was represented by a virtual environment in a 3d graphics program before the filming. After rendering background images of the front and floor screens, the real camera was set by the same specifications (position, height, rotation) of the target camera in the virtual stage so that the real camera could take just the same shots as in the virtual environment.
Director/Graphics/Editor: Junha Kim
Dancer: Heewon Cho
Dance Director: Yukung Jung
Camera Operator: Jungwon Yoon
Special Thanks: Sangyong Kim, Seongeun Gwak, Junar Kim, and Sogang Art&Technology
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