Minhye (Min) Kwak
(thesis advisor)Mark Stafford
(thesis advisor)David Carroll
(thesis advisor)Chris Prentice
May 21 2019
IT WASN’T WRITTEN is alternative visual historiography on Korean Peninsula and surrounded countries in order to challenge Western journalism and provoke viewers’ self-evaluation on their perception on current political circumstance around North Korea. The project is to illuminate audience, mainly citizens of the United States, the hidden parts of Korean history such as how Korean peninsula has been interrupted by powerful countries and used as a tool for their power game. This historiography is to make audience think about their previous experiences of media and journalism and how those have constructed the images of North Korea to sustain United States’ international power.
IT WASN’T WRITTEN has two media products: experimental video essay and resistance VR K-pop music video. Experimental video essay is a creative mixture of broadcasting footages, movie clips, shots utilizing objects metaphorically, and sound effects. No voiceover, it conveys the message by creating unconventional logic of storytelling so that audience would notice the essential information and simultaneously they would have various interpretations and discussions. Also, a brand new song and music video are produced in collaboration with musicians and performers. It uses K-pop culture as the basis for a satire or subversion of media representations of United States - Korea diplomatic relations. Through this media movement, there could be a change in American society started by individuals, which leads to Korea’s complete independency.
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