in Frieze Seoul | 31 AUG 22

업체eobchae: The Ones Who Left On Luges

A narrative film that troubles the relationship between labour, capital, power, and so-called freedom, posing the question: what would you do?

in Frieze Seoul | 31 AUG 22

2022 / single channel video, color, sound / 15min 53sec 

If someone told you there was a way to become your own king, or nation, or god, would you willingly step aboard? What choices would you make upon arrival? 업체eobchae's The Ones Who Left on Luges opens with a story of protest against a “state" that takes its own people hostage in exchange for wage labor.  


Critiquing the state’s dominance as the only issuer of currency, a kind of NGO called ‘The Ones Who Left On Luges’ proposes a way to create a new currency for those who labor in the world of the film, day in and day out. Persuaded by these whispers (albeit moved by different reasons), individuals go on to participate in surveys, get on luges, and find themselves in a bubble receiving company coin — only to then hibernate for some 60 years. Upon waking, they face a choice they must make all on their own: whether to stay in the bubble, clutching the 987,654,321 coins they’ve amassed while asleep, or return to the state to become a free human being. 

About 업체eobchae

Audiovisual production unit 업체eobchae manufactures and deals with commodities and services with an unconstrained critical viewpoint. The group consists of Nahee Kim, Cheonseok Oh, and Hwi Hwang. 업체eobchae works with computing equipment and screens of various sizes, always striving to fully meet the terms of every contract. 업체eobchae has held solo exhibitions at DOOSAN Gallery (Seoul) and Museumhead (Seoul), and has participated in group shows and project held at TINC (Seoul), HITE Collection(Seoul), Nam June Paik Art Center (Yongin), ‘Psychedelic Nature’ Artist Talk - eobchaeXAyoung Kim (Seoul), and more.