14th DMZ Docs(2022)
I AM DOCU
HOT/STUCK/DEAD traces the physical origins of screen that we can easily encounter around us. In the process of looking inside the display machine, it is revealed that the banal images, such as psychedelic images that we associate with screens, are not simply "cultural products" but are related to the chemical principles of screens and liquid crystals.
HOT/STUCK/DEAD is an exploration not of images reproduced on the display but of the display itself. The start is when the narrator sees a hand strangely protruding from a large LED screen in the square. When a panel, part of the whole, breaks down, a sight, which would normally be disregarded, comes into view. The narrator reminds that it is those complex and diverse hands that create and manage displays. The film visits those hands and contemplate more on the liquid crystal panels. An expert's explanation that 'liquid crystal' material has properties of both liquid and crystal tells us that the psychedelic pictures on digital screen we can easily think of is actually based on the principles of chemistry and the properties of liquid crystal material. Hot/Stuck/Dead is an interesting film for learning which recognizes the whole through the exceptional situation of the breakdown of a display.
Visual artist LEE Eunhee observes the relationship between technology environment, individual, and the image and explores it by comparing human social problems to technological mechanisms. She also has been contemplating on the characteristics of the ‘screen’ by making videos that combine collected images and examples. Upon realization that individuals are being transformed into multi-layered images or becoming replaced as parts of tech industry system, LEE is currently working on how to think about the process of such phenomena.