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2015 Project Ul-ssi gu

with Norikkot in Ssam zi Gil.



Appreciative members of the audience call out “Ul-ssi-gu joht-ta!” as they enjoy pungmul, Korean drumming. This simple, joyful exclamation ties together the players and the audience, binding them within the drumming experience of pungmul. The audience’s cries of “Ul-ssi-gu joht-ta!” and the answering rhythms of the players are an expression of community ties. Project Ul-ssi-gu seeks to foster a global sense of community by designating August 15, 2014 for street performances of pungmul around the world. August 15 marks Korea’s liberation from colonial rule, and as such is an appropriate day to celebrate community through pungmul. As we play pungmul and engage audiences to cry out “Ul-ssi-gu joht-ta!” on that day, the globe will resound with drumming in celebration of culture and community.

The final version of 'Project Ul-ssi-gu' video has come out. We'd like to thank all of you who took the very first step of this ongoing global project together.Next year will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the National Liberation Day of Korea. We hope more pungmul players will be involved in 'Project Ul-ssi-gu 2015'. 


In the Spirit of George Rose

Music by Kim So Ra 

Australian photographer William Yang and South Korean photographer Koo Bohnchang have created new images inspired by the Clunes-born photographer George Rose.

George Rose used a stereograph camera. This creates two images that are nearly the same. When you view them through the eyepiece, they become a 3-D image.

George Rose went to Korea in 1904. His images of the streets of Seoul, and surrounding villages, are highly valued. They are almost the only images of street life in Seoul from the turn of the 20th century. 

They capture a time when the Japanese were colonising Korea. The Japanese wear darker clothes in the images, the Koreans are in white. Notice how, in one of the images, a Korean climbs the city wall to gain access without going through the guarded gates. Some of the other images show the Japanese quarter, with their different style of housing and shops. Many of the images show the new electrical and telegraph wires, which had been installed by the Japanese.

George Rose’s guide was Japanese, and that influence can be seen in the way he describes the Koreans. Japanese people, at that time, considered Koreans to be a lesser culture than their own.

George Rose images of Korea. Music by Kim So Ra

A compilation of the images that George Rose took in Korea. The images can be found at the State Library of Victoria.

William Yang Portraits.

Music by Kim So Ra

William Yang produced a series of portraits as part of the exhibition. They were displayed together as a wall of faces. He photographed these faces when he was in Korea. 

What a Foreigner Sees.

Music by Kim So Ra

William Yang and Koo Bohnchang have created photos of Korea and Clunes, Australia. William Yang photographed Korea, and Koo Bohnchang photographed Australia. They both look with foreign eyes at what they see, and it informs what they photograph.The exhibition launched at Clunes Booktown, 2015. It was curated by Catherine Croll.

Koo Bohnchang Images.

Music by Kim So Ra

These are some of the images that Koo Bohnchang took in Clunes and included in the exhibition.

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