Until the ’60s, South Korea was almost a mediaeval country, poor and underdeveloped. After just 50 years, South Korea is now one of the most advanced countries in the world. The rush towards modernity has been fostered by imposing a huge sense of competition and a painstaking effort to reach scholastic, aesthetic and professional perfection.

Youngsters grow up by keeping in mind the same ideals and future aims: get the best marks to get the best jobs. At the same time, the aesthetic models are totally conformed, obtained through a massive use of plastic surgery.

The Country pushes the young generation towards an alienating standardization, the exact opposite of what happens in Western Countries, where success comes from one’s ability to emerge from the mass.
All this has caused dangerous side effects, such as stress, alcoholism, social isolation and a high suicide rate (43 per day).

Filippo Venturi is an italian photographer and cinematographer, and Made in Korea was presented during Slideluck Naples.


a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

Adobe Premiere CS6.

b. How and why did you choose that sound/music?

For my multimedia I chose the music “Co-Creators”, from the album “Rituals” by artist collective Satellite Ensemble.
I wanted a melodic music which accompany the viewer and at the same time insinuates an ambiguity happening through some distortions in the background.
The musical perfection is lopsided, as well as the perfection of the society represented in my photographic project.

c. Tell us about the editing process when you think of a multimedia.

Initially I had the editing used for my photographic portfolio.
Starting from that, I tried to enrich the visual experience with music, looking for the sound capable of accompanying it sequence.
Depending on the rhythm I want to achieve and the selected music, I decide the photo sequence and possibly the image order.

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