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Ascar is Universe in which real and virtual mix and the boundaries between fiction and truth blur. The territory of Seoul, its ancient village, the new financial areas, the mountains surrounding the city, the border between North Korea and South Korea, exist together with their digital replicas or other fictional lands existing into the virtual worlds of videogames (Call of Duty and others). Ascar's borders are untraversable; it is a world where the struggle for recognition is constant, and self-affirmation happens mostly through the defeat of the other. During this Darwinian battle, short moments of peace are reachable throughout the contemplation of this brutal but magnificent Universe.

 

The film investigates the widespread interest of young generations in digital worlds and the impact and the affinities of these worlds on the real one. The material of the work comes from interviews with South Korean video gamer, virtual reality experts, doctors from internet rehab centers (Project Hora),  mineralogists of the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle de la Ville de Paris.

Ascar, 10:33 minutes, video projection HD, 2017, photo: Back to Marginality, GEUMCHEON_Seoul Art Space