Daegu Notebook

I never got around to posting these few video bits pieced together over my two weeks spent in Daegu last summer. The initial plan was to write up a mildly sardonic but woefully accurate outline of what two busy work weeks are like on the road – mainly for the benefit of those who think my various trips are nothing more than a vacation. But I never got around to it.

I also never got around to writing about the antique shop on Bong San Art/Culture Street whose owner tried to lure me into a back room where a bored scantily-clad woman wearing a Korean War era army helmet was lying in wait, sprawled across a plain drab mattress on a dirty floor. It was a nice and interesting shop and I’d rather not out the guy for fear of having his place shut down. So you’ll just have to find it yourself.

The vast majority of these were shot over the course of two afternoons I had off to wander around this city of 2.5 million, South Korea’s fourth largest. It was a clean, sleek and modern city, but I also got the impression that it’s one still trying to define its place within a sleek and modern country.

The first is a longer vidblog with a great soundtrack, Bahar Patlatan, by Hayvanlar Alemi.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/31246867]

The second is a much shorter experimental piece with some footage shot on the Daegu metro.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/35538527]

And finally, if you’re looking for a late afternoon rehearsal version of Funiculì, Funiculà by the Daegu City Symphony Orchestra, look no further. I just made your day.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/29624641]

You can check out some of my photos from Daegu (all CC licensed) on my flickr stream here.


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