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Jun 5

Cheating Chaebols or Heavy-Handed Hollywood



On a recent trip to Korea, or just after it, I had the following dream:


What happened directly before the events which follow, I can’t recall, but I found myself in an office, or clerical environment. Nobody else was there but it must have been an important film-related office… Perhaps even a back-office room in a cinema in South Korea.


I could even go as far to say it was somewhere like the Korean Film Archive / Korean Film Council / KOFIC or an office belonging to a conglomerate [’chaebol’] or major cinema chain in South Korea.


I appeared to be looking for something. However, whether I was actively searching or not, I happened to find a press-kit or… was it a feature film in a box? Whatever it was it was found within an almost standard-like waste-paper bin. An actual film had been discarded? Really?


The movie in question was of a slightly lesser known film to those often topping the bill in Korea, whilst perhaps at the same time a massive film hit elsewhere in the world [Incidentally, I’m convinced it was “A Star Is Born” (2018 version)…]


At some point here - maybe when I was half awake, or still in dream-mode - I thought and recalled back to a conversation whilst in Korea and indeed with Koreans there who had not even heard of “A Star Is Born”. I could only then think, “How could this be? After all, many Koreans like musicals or films infused with music… don't they?”


Why was it there? Was it not commercial or salable enough, in Korea, at least?


Like a mini epiphany, I suddenly realised why most cinemas in Korea were only showing the newest blockbuster [the latest "Avengers" film?] and not just in one screening room but almost every auditorium that exists! Yes. I suddenly realised or felt that bigger powers were at play here. Could it really be that such large film companies, like the one I had found myself in, maybe, & indeed where I found this film, were deliberately disposing of any good and artistic films, independent films, art house movies, less commercial flicks and/or less ‘creative’ ones? In fact, was the film playing across all screens in South Korean cinemas actually an Avengers one or even a home-made and therefore Korean-own blockbuster? Either way, what would the reason be for this?


Well, it seemed to me or the dreaming me, and in full epiphany mode, that the tycoons / conglomerates / ‘chaebols’ which were connected to or had an ‘invested’ interest (well, invested money!) and not just a vested interested in these giant franchises. Perhaps such large companies were in cahoots with Hollywood corporations.


So it was that I further surmised that artistry in Korea was never to be the same again - Korea was never going to escape this long run of maybe mediocre, Marvel or simply ‘run-of-the-mill’ films... Certainly not if any other films were being hidden from the public and therefore not fully distributed.


It felt almost like film companies were sending what they had to cinemas, be this from American companies, UK ones or elsewhere and these were being hidden in favour of simply ‘what sells’ and ultimately what ‘chaebols’ had their vested or invested interested in.


Ultimately, I woke up… [obviously]… and the total experience had been, I suppose, like a movie - or two - within a dream.


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Describe your dream in a simple text in as much detail as you can remember and we will feature your dream for the upcoming performance DREAM RITUAL, artwork creation and DREAM AUCTION. For DREAM AUCTION, the dream submitted will be sold as the text written at the time of submission with no alterations or corrections.​ The dream you are selling should be a dream that you personally have dreamt.

We are not responsible for any fabricated dreams or the subsequent impact of dreams, such as curses or nightmares. Please don’t submit a dream that you don’t want to sell or you have already sold to someone else. If you want to submit your dream for DREAM RITUAL/art creation only but not for sale, simply leave a note '*not for sale'.  Then your dream will feature for the performance and art creation but won't be listed on DREAM AUCTION. 



Dream and Dreaming - their place in our lives


We are running a series of talks, discussions and workshops in lot of different contexts around the themes of dream. After our first workshop ‘Dream and Dreaming - their place in our lives’ at Wellcome Collection’s Reading Room on 2nd April 2019, the second one was held at Korean Cultural Centre in UK on 31st May. This series of workshops run by the project director Bongsu Park and Hazel Riley - an author, teacher and shamanic practitioner.

During the workshop we will talk about the project and the specific Korean culture of buying and selling dreams. Also we will share our ideas about dreams from many perspectives – dream related traditional customs to neuroscience and psychology. Alongside the dream contributions through our project website, people can contribute their dreams off-line at the end of workshop.