On the 11th of March 2013, North Korea declared invalid the armistice agreement between South and North Korea. Baengnyeong Island, which is located near the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the sea border that separates the South and North Korea, was the first place threatened to come under attack.


People from Baengnyeong Island were invited to express, in a brief message, something about their everyday lives that they would like to share with the rest of Korea and the world. The participants included storeowners, housewives, passersby and high school students. They translated their messages in motion through workshops that took place in their working areas, in a studio and in the high school. The generated gestures wished to create a “new” type of language that would overcome the barrier of spoken words and which potentially could be understandable beyond any geopolitical borders. A performance with the students took place in the middle of the high school’s football field, in-between the two goals, in order to depict the critical location of the island as a place in-between the conflict of South and North Korea. The video shows the outcome from the workshops together with distinct images from the daily life in the island such as the daily announcements for military exercises. The viewer is invited to make his own interpretation of the improvised sign language and the given messages of the residents.



Incheon Art Platform

Video duration: 14:30 min