Lee Nam Lee: Drunken Drone

  • ©, Lee Nam Lee, Drunken Drone
  • ©, Lee Nam Lee, Drunken Drone


    Drunken Drone




Artist Statement:

    Media Performance (LED, Drones). 13’00.

    The opening performance Drunken Drone (2019) is a drama based upon a Korean folk story wherein a woman waiting for her husband to come from the workplace, sets aside some food in a bamboo forest and the demons turned it into a drink. It highlights the intimate relationship between humans and machines by giving personality to a drone as a personal medium that enjoys nature and understands other’s feelings.

    Highly advanced modern technology reflects the human will and provokes revolution which influences human consciousness and brings about a paradigm shift in our lives. The demons in the form of a drunken drone sympathize with the woman who is experiencing difficult times in life and comfort her by turning the hidden rice into alcohol.

    The hidden ‘rice’ symbolizes the sorrow and joy we as human beings experience in a lifelong journey and at the same time the internal conflicts and various social traumas. ‘Rice’ is set as the first cause of all conflicts, and as a means for survival. The digital demon as a drunken drone emerges from the outside and comes as a light which comforts human beings as they confront the limitations which they can never overcome by themselves because they are beyond their limits.

    Beyond the characteristics of the existing media, drones exist as a personal medium that understands human beings more than the human themselves and creates a connection between humans and machines that can only be achieved through the drink, which is interpreted as a light, which sublimates the pain and affection felt by humans in light of the modern civilized society.

Other Information:

    Credits: Stage Management Jae Man Song, Stage Lighting Jun Kwon Kim, Photography Tae Seung Oh.

    Music Credits: Music GongMyoung / Sun Il Kang, Seung Won Park, Kyong Keun Song, Young Ju Lim. Gayageum (string instrument) Ji Hyun Lee, Performer Su Ji Jang, Modular Ji Hye Woo, Violin Soo Hyun Jang, Pansori (Korean genre of musical storytelling performed by a singer and a drummer) Eun Hye Jung.

    Artwork Commissioned by Art Center Nabi



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