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Pirated Future

JUNG Eugene

  • Korea, Ukraine
  • 75min
  • DCP
  • color


We, who long for fictional dystopian images in our media, entered the reality of a pandemic.

In the flood of images, it seems meaningless to distinguish what is real and what is virtual.

Standing on the blurred line between images and reality, we turn to images and envision the future.

What kind of clues can we find for our future?

Synopsis

Tokyo is covered by mushroom clouds after the nuclear explosion. Seoul is in danger because of a monster from the Han River attacking people. The Eiffel Tower melts down from chemicals, and the Statue of Liberty is buried in snow.

All of these scenes are from disaster movies.

But in 2020, a movie-like disaster barged into our reality. Due to the unprecedented pandemic, we experienced the sudden collapse of ‘normal’ lives. And it is still happening.

"Pirated Future" begins with this locus of conflicts. The film observes the conflicting yet perpetuating process of the production, consumption, and reproduction of images of disasters in real life and also in the virtual world.

The disaster site in Chernobyl is crowded with tourists. The tsunamis in Japan, and the chaos caused by COVID-19 in Korea, are transferred into images on phones and shared in real time. Have we simply come to regard disasters in real life as virtual disaster images? "Pirated Future" meets the people situated between the real disasters and images, such as those who create the graphics of disaster movies and those who monitor the real-life disasters in real time report videos. It questions how they deal with images and reality.

At this moment, when disasters in reality feel more surreal than the virtual dystopian images, what kind of future can we envision? "Pirated Future" investigates the waves generated in the process of production and distribution of disaster images. Thus, it presents a turbulent journey to find our place between image and reality.

 

Director's Statement

The news headlines that report disasters often state, “It was like a disaster movie.” Isn’t this clear proof that the overflow of disaster images in the media have made us insensitive to what is happening in real life? This is a question not only for audiences but also for myself, as I am an artist who recognizes the world through images and makes art by recreating them. "Pirated Futre"  does not simply separate fabricated images from the real world or judge the value of them. Instead, audiences will explore and find the context behind the colliding worlds of images and reality. The film questions and fully senses both worlds, reminding us that we all are within the chain of images. A Canadian philosopher whose work is among the cornerstones of media theory once said, “Art as radar acts as an ‘early alarm system’.” "Pirated Future"  focuses on this prophetic nature of arts and makes an attempt to foresee the future we will face, by collating the images of the future from disaster movies and animated works. Well-designed spectacular movies or mere observation of a real disaster with a phone camera can be the source of prophetic inspirations for the future.

Director

  • JUNG Eugene

     

Credit

  • Producer강사라 KANG Sarah
    막심 나코네치니
    Maksym NAKONECHNYI