Jesse Chun Jesse Chun

intangible heritage


Intangible Heritage, excerpt, 
2018, single-channel, 3:26 mins, with sound 


Intangible Heritage is a Karaoke video essay featuring an electronic version of a two-thousand year old folk song, which South Korea and North Korea both registered as their own for the UNESCO Intangible Heritage list in 2012 and 2014, respectively. The song's lyrics are collaged with excerpts of public audio and text documents provided and validated by nation-states involved in this process. Mediated through the mechanics of singing, Intangible Heritage disrupts the institutionalized narrative with translations and mistranslations of the lyrics, and perpetual panning views of fragmented lands. The landscapes never stop moving.