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of lights, nights,passings, 빛과 밤과 지나감에 대하여
21st Century Light of the Factory (2016) is inspired by Light of the Factory, a minjung (peoples) play writtenected by Kim Mingi, recorded in 1978, distributed clandestinely by cassette tape among workers labor student activists. From 2008 to 2010, at the invitation of workers from the Maseok Furniture Manufacturing Complex, mixrice staged the play Illegal Life with the now-defunct Maseok Migrant Theater (MMT). An informal club of Bangladeshi workers that dates to the 1990s, MMT staged existingoriginal plays through which participants shared stories, connected with each other,dramatized everyday experiences. As mixrice was thinking to expand upon their experience with MMT, they came upon filmic documentation of Light of the Factory. After examining the faded blackwhite film, mixrice decided to appropriate the styleintention of the original work, but with a new scriptsongs for today. The new work consists of imagesmusic made together with contract workers, dismissed workers, migrant workersyouth of contemporary Korea, stays true to the key concepts of the original play by focusing on stories that capture the gesturesreal lives of ordinary people.
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