Re: [-empyre-] Cunnilingus in North Korea

Hi and thanks for replying.

Years ago when I was making 16mm films (along with a friend Andy Karp), I listened constantly to North Korea shortwave, stories like How the Great Leader Makes Plants Grow, and Why South Korea is a Great Big Jail (these were two of the titles). The voices made their way into a number of sound- tracks, and I think Andy even made a film called The Juche Idea. It was incredibly grim even then, and the broadcasts were literally unbelievable.

What fascinates me - and with your work as well - is how little N America knows about North Korea (or South for that matter). We "have" images of starvation, mass rallies, beautiful countryside, played against a concept of absolute paranoia and war. We are given images as well of a completely acquiescent population, fundamentally in agreement with Kim Sung Il (or whomever). From the outside, the writings of Kim Il Sung read like those of a madman - but Bush's speeches are just about the same.

The sexualization and tunes remind me of Wilhelm Reich's writings on fascism by the way - as well as Adorno's (and others) notions of the aestheticization of politics.

I'm beginning to wonder whether humanity will make it through the decade -



Hi Alan,

We've read your poetry on gatesofparadise.

Yes, we're too scared to upload the Korean version of CUNNILINGUS. Bad
things can happen. E-mail to us suggests this.

How do we synch text to sound? Very slowly, and very carefully. Or rather,
did you know that the actual frame-by-frame creation of American cartoon
shows like "The Simpsons" is done in Korea?

As for North Korean culture, there is essentially none to speak of down here
in the South. North Korea remains the true Hermit Kingdom. There is a weekly
late-night TV show here that presents what it can of North Korean culture
and daily life. The slant is upbeat -- Sunshine Policy oblige -- but the
meager footage suggests something sadder. The few images of North Koreans in
"daily life" and "leisure" is very touching, if not heartbreaking. One
cannot help but be drawn to the fringes of what's going on for a glimpse of
the horrible reality up there.

We recall vaguely a North Korean film retrospective at one of the several
festivals here. But the movies were all propaganda. Everyone knows, by the
way, that the Dear Leader is a great movie buff. It seems that the North
Korean movie industry is a national priority, but for internal consumption

On the other hand, South Korea is basically uninterested in North Korean

Young-hae and Marc

On 5/3/05 11:55 PM, "Alan Sondheim" <> wrote:

Are you really too scared to put the Korean version up?

The work's terrific - I'm curious how you get your sound timing so

Btw is there _anything_ coming out of the PRK in terms of culture?
Anything going on? (beyond the stereotypically obviously and stupidities
between us and them)

- Alan

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