Video Art Program[The 56th Program] Luis Corzo

일 분 (One minute), 2017 color, sound, 6min.56sec.

Ominous music begins, and we see a man dressed in black. A sign above a building entrance is in Hangul: this is evidently a city somewhere on the Korean Peninsula. Things move at a constant speed, as if the footage was shot from a moving vehicle. But the viewer soon notices that everything is moving extremely slowly, and there is something very strange about the scene.
The title is 일 분 (One minute), referring to one minute of footage that has been slowed down to about 1/7 speed. The video was shot on April 15, 2016, a holiday known as the Day of the Sun in North Korea, honoring the birthday of founder Kim Il Sung. The filmmaker, Luis Corzo, says he could manage to film with his iPhone for just one minute from a moving bus on the streets of the capital Pyongyang, and these are the results. The grainy resolution has the effect of stripping the everyday of its mundane quality and amping up the sense of foreboding. Many scenes have an atmosphere of unreality, and at times we wonder if it is all staged. According to Corzo, “The atmosphere was strained and forced, simply too weird for what is supposed to be the most joyous holiday of the year. The whole city felt like a barbarian Disneyland.”

Luis Corzo:
Luis Corzo was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala in 1990. He is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA in photography and contemporary creation at IDEP, Barcelona in 2012. Corzo works mainly with photography but constantly experiments with drawing, film and mixed media. His main focus is exploring the world of digital communication, human activity and the space in which they inhabit. His work has been exhibited in New York, Miami, Nashville and Barcelona.