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DABDA: The Five Stages of Grief | ARTLECTURE

DABDA: The Five Stages of Grief

/Artist's Studio/
by Junha Kim

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DABDA: The Five Stages of Grief

Immersive Performance, 2019

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.


Denial - Anger - Bargaining - Depression - Acceptance.


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

All images/words © the artist(s) and organization(s)


Represented the Immersive hall in the virtual environment with real size and set the virtual target camera.

There are 3 cameras in the scene: Eye Camera (target) / Front Camera / Floor Camera

Front Camera Image / Floor Camera Image Project each image on the front and floor screens.