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Cuckoo by Jaha Koo, at Warwick Arts Centre

“A journey through the last 20 years of Korean history told by a bunch of talkative rice cookers” has got to be worth a trip from London.

Cuckoo by Jaha Koo

Wednesday 8 December & Thursday 9 December 2021 7:45pm
Studio | Warwick Arts Centre | University of Warwick | Coventry CV4 7AL | Book tickets

Cuckoo by Jaha Koo

One day when his electric rice cooker informed him that his meal was ready, Jaha Koo experienced a deep sense of isolation. ‘Golibmuwon’ (고립무원) is an untranslatable Korean word expressing the feeling of helpless isolation that characterizes the lives of many young people in Korea today.

20 years ago there was a major economic crisis in South-Korea, comparable to the financial crash in the United States and Southern Europe in 2008. This crisis had a huge impact on the young generation to which South Korean artist Jaha Koo belongs. He witnessed many endemic problems including youth unemployment and socio-economic inequality. Rising suicide rates, isolation, acute social withdrawal and a fixation on personal appearance are but a few of the symptoms.

In bittersweet and humorous dialogues, Jaha and his clever rice cookers – hacked and reprogrammed by Jaha to make them speak – take you on a journey through the last 20 years of Korean history, combining personal experience with political events and reflections on happiness, economic crises and death.


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