Jaha Koo / CAMPO

Korean with English subtitles


A journey through the last 20 years of Korean history told by a bunch of talkative rice cookers.

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.

Twenty 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 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

concept, direction, text, music, video Jaha Koo performance Hana, Duri, Seri & Jaha Koo cuckoo hacking Idella Craddock scenography, media operation Eunkyung Jeong dramaturgical advice Dries Douibi production Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek excecutive producer CAMPO coproduction Bâtard Festival support CAMPO, STUK, BUDA, DAS, SFAC & Noorderzon / Grand Theatre Groningen Funded by Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie



Jaha Koo is voor het eerst te gast in CAMPO. Na een opleiding theaterstudies aan de Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, trok hij naar DasArts in Amsterdam. In zijn werk onderzoekt hij de performativiteit van multimedia en probeert hij op basis van menselijke verhalen en politieke situaties nieuwe theatervormen te ontwikkelen.

60 minuten