(Elin Mellerstedt, left; Johanna Stillman, right, photos courtesy Dancing On Our Own)
When Elin Mellerstedt and Johanna Stillman first started taking a deeper look at international fandom for idol groups and bands, they never expected their journey would bring them to Korea.
(below: Stills from Dancing On Our Own videos, courtesy Dancing On Our Own)The YouTube channel is more than just a fun place for people in Sweden to upload a video of themselves doing a fun K-pop dance, though. It's the basis of an art project that uses K-pop as a medium to study how individuals interpret and perform movement. Mellerstedt and Stillman have a gallery show where the videos of the dancers are projected without sound so that viewers will concentrate on how different bodies and different people change how the dances look, putting the focus on the pure movement of the dancers.
There's also a small booth at each show filled with information on K-pop where viewers can listen to the original music, watch the original dance videos and learn more about Korean popular culture. The contrast between the fan videos and the originals adds another layer, blurring the lines between the original Korean music and dances and the works of their far-flung fans.
Although the art project has had several showings in Sweden, Mellerstedt and Stillman recently held their first Korean showing on June 24 at RUF XXX in the Yongsan district in Seoul. The two are in Korea as part of a three month trip to learn more about K-pop in its home territory.
"We started all of this last summer", said Mellerstedt, "writing our blog and writing academically, but we found that we really needed to be here".
(right: Fans waiting for the 2011 Dream Concert on June 10, photo courtesy Dancing On Our Own)
(left: The Dancing On Our Own blog)
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