My first year of college I scheduled classes around watching All My Children, and I just found out that my sister Abiola did the same thing. I grew up on soaps. At home. At the baby-sitter’s. When my homegirl Ery was away at camp, we would write to each other about what was happening on All My Children. And I don’t know if he would deny it now but that first HEOP summer at NYU, my friend Gerald and I would grab our lunches and rush back to the dorms to see what was happening with Erica Kane and them. My point is, I love the soaps.
So when I saw on my itinerary that I was going to experience a Korean soap opera at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), I was so psyched! Never mind that I never watched this particular soap or didn’t speak the language. I’ve watched many a Spanish novela over the years, not understanding 90% of the dialogue. It doesn’t matter. Soaps are universal. Plus I’d heard the artist Sowon Kwon give a talk about Korean soaps at VCFA (where she is on faculty) and since then, I have wanted to watch! My point is, my whole life has seriously been leading up to this moment.
Ok, so there is really no way to explain this exhibition. It is like nothing else I have ever seen before. There are sets from My Lover From the Star (the soap), and places where you can watch scenes, and places with props where you can have photos taken. There’s colored lighting, 3D viewing, virtual reality (you have to pay extra for that though) and it is just an all-around magical experience. After the Templestay, it is the best thing I’ve experienced here in Seoul and I’ve done so much so that is saying a lot. In fact, I am hoping to go again before I leave. Yes, it is that serious. You just have to see for yourself:
Will have to share more pix another time….