News of an upcoming screening of works by Ellie Kyungran Heo at Lux, the venue for the artist films in the London Korean Film Festival.
Plantarians (2017) is a new short film by Ellie Kyungran Heo, developed during an artist’s residency at Hospitalfield this year.
What is the definition of ‘plantarian’? Does the word refer to people who only eat plants, particularly for moral, religious, or health reasons? Or does it refer to people who love plants? What does ‘plantarian’ mean to you? The experimental documentary Plantarians focuses on various characters, who live on garden plants. The camera seems to ask, “Is a plant aware of what is going on? What does a plant see, hear, and feel as it is caught up in continuous food chain in which all living things are involved?”
Plantarians shows the lives of garden plants close-up and from unusual perspectives, questioning human-centred ideas and taxonomies of nature. The screening also includes the artist’s recent film, Did you Eat Rice? (2017), developed during her residency at Asahi Artist in Residence, Nagano, Japan. Following the screening, Heo is joined in conversation with artist Ruth Maclennan.
Hospitalfield’s Programme supports the production of new work and the Residencies are for artists to focus on questions, problems and ideas that will have an impact for them now and into the future. This year, Nicole Yip the director of LUX Scotland and the artist Stephen Sutcliffe were the selectors for the Summer Residency which Heo participated in.
This event is supported by Hospitalfield and Arts Council Korea.
Plantarians, 2017, 10 min
Did You Eat Rice?, 2017, 52 min
Ellie Kyungran Heo is an artist-filmmaker. She makes experimental films by collaging performances with documentary footage of her subject, tracking how her relationship with the subject changes over time, with respect to conflict, intimacy and sensitivity. She studied Fine Art at the Chelsea College of Arts (2010-2013) and Moving Image at the Royal College of Art (2013-2015). Recent exhibitions and screenings include Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK (2017); Did You Eat Rice?, Solo Screening at GOMA, Presented by Mount Florida Screenings, Glasgow, UK (2017); Video Portrait, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea (2017); Experiments in Cinema, New Mexico, USA (2017, 2014); Whitstable Biennale, Artists’ Short Film Programme, Kent, UK (2016); Sense of Place, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2016); Island, Solo Exhibition Award at Cyart Space, Seoul, Korea (2016); Colony, LUX Programme, South London Gallery, London, UK (2015); Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham, UK (2015). She lives and works in London. http://www.elliekyungran.com