Tuesday, January 31, 2023

The Sadness Series

#experimental #videopoetry #poetryfilm 

An experimental ambient and poetic piece divided into two parts. It opens with images that trigger anxiety, such as images of weaponry. These are contrasted with the nature and peace that will be destroyed by this weaponry. As the videopoem progresses, we realize that we, too, are in denial of how close we all are to apocalypse.

The next part of the video has its genesis in an experience — actually, a series of experiences — I had while biking along the Han River. In these, I recalled my brother — a very gifted poet who died tragically at the age of 49. But during I also caught glimmerings of the emotions he himself felt the final years of his life: his love of the world and its nature and human constructions, and also overwhelming despair at the realization of how quickly it could be destroyed … and how likely, given the craziness of human behavior, that destruction was. As well, during these periods of recollection while biking, I thought of my wife. These emotions are conveyed visually, but also aurally, through chant.

Monday, January 30, 2023

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Boy Meets Girl…

Clip from Boy Meets Girl After Battle. What young men do during war, and what happens when, later, they encounter young women during war: 

Full video via YouTube link: youtu.be/r9FPC9A0Mz4 

#poetry #poetryfilm #poetrycommunity #antiwar

Leaving Incheon


Sunday, January 22, 2023

Your World: an experimental moviepoem


Happy that/ heureux que my quasi experimental documentary/ moviepoem Your World took a prize at the Athvikvaruni IFF and is a selection at the Sittannavasal IFF, both in India. Perhaps because of the project’s subject matter, this movie seems to be resonating with juries in India.

If curious, YouTube link: https://youtu.be/kaI1ZtdRVPA

Friday, January 20, 2023

Sound versus Noise: full documentary

How does noise pollution affect us?

Sound versus noise

#documentary  #pollution  #noisepollution #canada #southkorea  #industrialnoisepollution #trafficnoise 

YouTube link: http://youtu.be/wqNgWw2fblc

Synopsis: South Korea, despite its small size, is filled with beautiful nature. However, because of its high population density, this is interfered with.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Hadong Market

입구 하동 중앙 시장 사람이 한명 있다

People in place — solitary man at entrance to the Hadong Central Market 


South Korea 

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Pollution and Green Tech in Germany


A documentary on noise pollution

From Korea to Canada and Back Again: Sound vs. Noise youtu.be/wqNgWw2fblc via @YouTube. I’m premiering this documentary on noise pollution at YouTube. If anyone’s interested in the theme, would like your comments. #pollution #noisepollution

Monday, January 16, 2023

PicGall 2

 A gallery of photos taken in Seoul 

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Global Fevering 2

Part two of an authorial moviepoem about climate change.

From 2006: Lovegraphy — a highly illustrated screenplay narrative


EXT. A SMALL KOREAN VILLAGE. AN EARLY SUMMER EVENING, MID-WEEK. A WESTERN MAN is walking down the city's main street. To his left is the historic site of Haemi Fortress. He has a peaceful expression on his face, but from his body language we can tell he's lonely. VO: Those were the days before I met you. SFX: A light breeze.EXT. THE INNER COURTYARD OF THE FORTRESS. MOMENTS LATER. The Western man sees a group of CHILDREN. They are giggling and playing with each other. Then one of them spots the man.CHILD: 의국인! [Foreigner] SECOND CHILD: [sing-songy] Hello! MAN: [smiling] Hello. ALL CHILDREN: [gleefully] Hello! Hello! MAN: [speaking slowly] Can you speak English? The CHILDREN suddenly start to giggle uproariously. But their amusement is more a symptom of shyness than desire to carry the game any further. They run away, still laughing. The MAN continues walking. He makes his way through small, sad, empty streets.INT. AN EVANGELICAL CHURCH. TEN MINUTES LATER.The MAN enters. He is somewhat surprised to see a CROWD OF WORSHIPPERS. They are very involved in their prayers. The MAN walks cautiously forward. A MIDDLE-AGED KOREAN MAN spots him. CUT TO: CLOSE UP of MIDDLE-AGED KOREAN MAN. MIDDLE-AGED KOREAN MAN: 하느님! 하느님이 자를 사랑하습니다! [God! God loves you!] EXT. A STREET. MOMENTS LATER. The MAN is walking by himself again. He looks even sadder than before. A DIFFERENT CHILD spots him.DIFFERENT CHILD: [especially enthusiastically] Hello! beat. V.O.: I don't know what it is was about that kid's voice. It got to my heart more than any church or religion could.... I heard that intrusive, pip-squeaky voice and all I could think of was another day when the sun was setting -- a hotter day, and happier, too.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Three Tragedies, Four Seasons

#poetryfilm #videopoetry #videoart #moviepoem

This is an early cut of one of the first feature length moviepoems I made. 

Synopsis: Three Tragedies, Four Seasons is the result of three projects that came together and merged. One was from a series called World Bardo, which were short ambient pieces or videopoems, and some were about the death of my mother-in-law in the summer of 2018.

She passed away in July. It’s a sultry time of year in South Korea, and the sound of insects, the heat, and the humidity suffused everything. 

The second death was that of my brother — in January, 2013. The weather then was the opposite: frigid and spartan. My brother was fascinated by both summer and winter, especially the bleak, spectral beauty of winter. The final story is a work of fiction — also set in winter. Throughout all these pieces, wanted to capture a feeling of seasonality, and also the sense of the nature/life/death cycles that exist in the world. It’s easy to talk about cycles in an abstract way; after the death of someone you care deeply about, these sensations becomes very profound. The world, the environment, feels like it’s entering you. Intense sadness dissolves us.


Krimson Horyzon International Film Festival

Nov 15, 2021


Gangtok International Film Festival

Nov 5, 2021


Chaplin International Film Festival

Nov 12, 2021


Gully International Film Festival

Oct 31, 2021


Tagore International Film Festival

Mar 17, 2021


Virgin Spring Cinefest

Jan 7, 2021




Mar 18, 2022


Chennai Indie Film Festival

Dec 26, 2021


From my collection of ambient and authorial movies. My focus is on videopoetry; however, I work in other genres and art forms as well.





Monday, January 09, 2023

CanLit and Gender

 Is anglophone Canadian fiction gender balanced? To discuss…

Friday, January 06, 2023

Global Fevering 1

A medium length moviepoem about the planet.

Thursday, January 05, 2023

Soul a Lost Doll: writing of Richard Harvor

My brother died ten years ago today. Among the papers Richard left behind were many pages of listed sentences: epigrammatic, sometimes connected in terms of imagery, sometimes existing as isolated thoughts. What linked them was his tremendous originality of metaphor.


In memoriam, Richard Harvor August 23, 1963 - January 6, 2013.

Singing in Coldness: a chant haiku


Tuesday, January 03, 2023

Your World: a poetic documentary

Happy that/ heureux que my quasi experimental documentary/ moviepoem Your World selected by the Alibag IFF.

Runtime: 10:23

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/kaI1ZtdRVPA

Synopsis: A hybrid personal documentary/ moviepoem about my wife’s rural roots. The poem is based on an earlier project (entitled Tender as Tea, which appeared in the Baram Series chapbook (link: https://formerpeople.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/baram-series.former-people.shorter.jul_.12.19.may_.31.may_.9.pdf ). The project was shot over a year or so on various cameras. Most of the footage is from the Hadong Jungang Market and the farming area where Suki grew up.


The Highly Illustrated Screenplay Narrative 1




Fade in.

A bus travels along a bumpy intercity road, the surrounding scenery a jumble of discount food marts, restaurants, car repair shops , and other forms of suburban service provision.

On the bus is a man wearing a mask. With each asphalt-enhanced bump of the vehicle, he shakes a bit. But he’s clearly used to the ride. He seems half-bored, half-obsessed with his smart phone.

About the highly illustrated screenplay narrative (backgrounder)