: Social Interactions as the Critical Factor Forming the Human Body

-The Movement Analysis on Middle-Aged Korean Women

 

They seemed like average middle-aged women in the middle class who were well educated, intelligent, married to guys from the same class. However, their bodies were, in fact, entirely out of balance. From the technical viewpoint, their bodies merely sustain themselves as like as their minds were confused, and this symptom takes place when the body loses its spontaneity; thereby, they should contemplate why their bodies lost the natural energy to revive their lives.

They said that they were terrified of the harsh reality in 80’s in Korea, and marriage was the only way to protect themselves from the outside world. Their choices were not to think about injustice happening out of the house, not to be engaged in any movements demanding justice. From this point, their bodies have started to collapse down fundamentally; because their bodies were no longer able to represent their minds as they are for survival, and hence their choices were the catalyst that segregated the body from the mind and thereby induced cognitive dissonance.

The restoration process of the natural flow of their bodies should start from the understanding of the modern history of the Korean peninsula. The Republic of Korea, a.k.a. South Korea was established in 1948 under the supervision of the U.S military government. The table below lists the critical events in the modern times in Korea.

The repressive dominance by military authority is the keyword to understand the modern history of the Korean peninsula. Under the oppressive situation, the human being should choose to surrender or to resist for survival, and both choices fundamentally restrain freedom of movement in different ways.

The human body loses its spontaneity by accepting the extrinsic factor which controls its physical activities. Freedom is the notion rooted in spontaneous movements of the independent body, and spontaneity is the basis of creativity which defines the way the human being is. The forced passiveness erodes the foundation of humanity toward attaining freedom for every individual. Thus, in general, people living in the authoritarian system become uniformized conformists who are incapable of dealing with spontaneous activities based on individual choice; hence, this prevalent trend eventually induces powerlessness and the feeling of insignificance.

To choose to resist against the system of injustice significantly increases the risk to become physically restricted by violent authority. Thus, the body cannot release energy from itself as it is, and the confined energy constantly distracts its concentration and its natural growth, and hence, it is challenging to develop human potential, entirely, in the limited environment. Furthermore, the oppressive system deliberately aims to impede the natural growth process toward an independent individual by regulating freedom of expression to complete the social structures in which every unit of the society inhibits itself by disconnected people with each other whom only serve for survival.

The human being is a social animal, and the human society is the only place in which one can attain one’s identity as a free individual by continual social interaction. Thereby, the social system plays a critical role in forming one’s individuality, and hence one’s actions and choices reflect the society where one grows up. The necessity of building a society which ensures social interaction based on mutual respect and understanding for every individual emerges on this point to foster humanity.

– Restoring spontaneity has the highest priority to revitalize overall physical condition to the Korean women.

– Hiking or taking a long walk on a regular basis is the optimal option to start; because, currently, the body is not capable of dealing with deep breathing exercises.

– To recover the decent level of overall physicality takes time but is necessary to concentrate on oneself. The body first consumes its metabolic energy to sustain itself. Hence, until the body accumulates enough energy for its requirements, the mind cannot avoid being distracted.  

– Wars occurred to take control over the Korean peninsula

The Sino-Japanese War 1894-1895

The Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905

(The Japanese empire started to dominate Korean peninsula exclusively after winning the battles against the Qing empire and the Russian empire from 1905.)
-Japanese occupation 1910- 1945

Japanese annexation of Korea 1910
The division of Korea by the 38th parallel 1945

(The U.S.S.R took over the north part, and the U.S.A controlled the south region below the 38th parallel.)
The establishment of the Republic of Korea 1948

(A.K.A. South Korea)

The establishment of the democratic people’s republic of Korea 1948

(A.K.A North Korea)
The era of the first dictatorship by Lee Seungman 1948- 1960

(ended by the April revolution)
The Korean War 1950- 1953

(The first proxy war between USA and China, approximately over 1 million killed in total)
The era of the military dictatorship by Park jun hui 1961- 1979
The era of the second military dictatorship by Chun doohwan 1979- 1988
The transitional government ruled by military authority 1988- 1993
The establishment of the first democratic government 1993- 1998

 

Creation Process

(Radical Body Movement Training)         The body is originally unified with its mind as one life so its physical capability can be maximized by existing as it is. And breathing takes a crucial role in connecting body and mind and plus nature, because the body is that only can be sustained by constant physical movements in interaction with nature. Simply, when we breathe in, the body is taking the energy from the air and getting stretched and tensed. In contrast, when we breathe out, the body is pushing the energy out of the body and getting bent and relaxed. And this simple up-and-down motion creates the natural rhythm and makes a body move until the end of its life. Accordingly, the body moves as it breathes and the body breathes as it feels and thinks thus the body can control itself if it can control its breathing. This is the universal principle to understand about the human body and human existence. But every human body is different and each individual’s body has its own rhythm and flow. So when a man accepts his body as it is, a man can catch his innate rhythm and flow then can move as he is, in the most natural and beautiful way.

#details of the training

-Breathing movements/ understanding about a basic operational principle of the body

-Body relaxation

/ understanding about opening a body and releasing the energy

/ understanding about the basic principle of self-recovery

-Breathing and Movement/ understanding about what an innate rhythm and flow

-Landing and Jumping

/ understanding about up-and-down motion derived from breathing movements

-Foot activation

/ understanding about the base of support and upright standing

/ standing on balls and toes, not on heel in order to keep momentum and energy

/ examining the foot movement determining the upstream movement

-Walking/ understanding about walking as a full body movement

/ understanding about the direction of force & using one’s own body weight and following

-Bouncing / understanding about the body compromised up to 70% of water

/ feeling the inner flow of body fluid & moving with the energy flow

/ moving in rhythm & creating rhythms by walking

-Running/ understanding about full body coordination

/ body relaxation and explosiveness

/ understanding about foot strike and heel strike

-Animal locomotion

/ understanding about spinal movement and body connection

/ enhancing full body coordination and full body control

/ recovering the inborn strength

-Creating short dance phrases with simple motifs

1) Repetition one simple motion

/ activating the flow of body & exploring the possibilities of body

2) Creating a rhythm phrase by using the whole body

/ keeping the energy and the concentration level

(Free Movement Training Session with Musical Instruments)         The body is where music comes out of. Overall, music consists of rhythm and melody and more accurately, rhythm can be defined as a tempo of breathing what directly represents a state of mind and body, and melody is a certain selection of sound what is determined by the quality of the physical movement. Music is fundamentally all about the sound derived from the body movement. In that sense, every individual’s body has its inherent musicality as everyone has a different body. But due to a disconnection between body and mind, most of bodies lose their innate musicality and creativity. Therefore, by restoring an inborn flow running through body and mind, the music rooted in each individual’s body spontaneously can be created.

#details of the session

-Breathing and Movement/ understanding about the innate rhythm and flow

-Listening to sound

/ understanding about tones as components of nature, all tones in harmony

-Movement and Sound/ making the quality sound & interacting with sound

-Creating short phrases with simple motifs

1) Single tone/ exploring of the depth of sound & rhythm

2) Two tones and more/ creating codes

3) One and One Jam/ breathing together, moving together

Training Method

(Radical Body Movement Training)         The body is originally unified with its mind as one life so its physical capability can be maximized by existing as it is. And breathing takes a crucial role in connecting body and mind and plus nature, because the body is that only can be sustained by constant physical movements in interaction with nature. Simply, when we breathe in, the body is taking the energy from the air and getting stretched and tensed. In contrast, when we breathe out, the body is pushing the energy out of the body and getting bent and relaxed. And this simple up-and-down motion creates the natural rhythm and makes a body move until the end of its life. Accordingly, the body moves as it breathes and the body breathes as it feels and thinks thus the body can control itself if it can control its breathing. This is the universal principle to understand about the human body and human existence. But every human body is different and each individual’s body has its own rhythm and flow. So when a man accepts his body as it is, a man can catch his innate rhythm and flow then can move as he is, in the most natural and beautiful way.

#details of the training

-Breathing movements

/ understanding about a basic operational principle of the body

-Body relaxation

/ understanding about opening a body and releasing the energy

/ understanding about the basic principle of self-recovery

-Breathing and Movement

/ understanding about what an innate rhythm and flow

-Landing and Jumping

/ understanding about up-and-down motion derived from breathing movements

-Foot activation

/ understanding about the base of support and upright standing

/ standing on balls and toes, not on heel in order to keep momentum and energy

/ examining the foot movement determining the upstream movement

-Walking

/ understanding about walking as a full body movement

/ understanding about the direction of force & using one’s own body weight and following

-Bouncing

/ understanding about the body compromised up to 70% of water

/ feeling the inner flow of body fluid & moving with the energy flow

/ moving in rhythm & creating rhythms by walking

-Running

/ understanding about full body coordination

/ body relaxation and explosiveness

/ understanding about foot strike and heel strike

-Animal locomotion

/ understanding about spinal movement and body connection

/ enhancing full body coordination and full body control

/ recovering the inborn strength

-Creating short dance phrases with simple motifs

1) Repetition one simple motion

/ activating the flow of body & exploring the possibilities of body

2) Creating a rhythm phrase by using the whole body

/ keeping the energy and the concentration level

(Free Movement Training session with musical instruments)         The body is where music comes out of. Overall, music consists of rhythm and melody and more accurately, rhythm can be defined as a tempo of breathing what directly represents a state of mind and body, and melody is a certain selection of sound what is determined by the quality of the physical movement. Music is fundamentally all about the sound derived from the body movement. In that sense, every individual’s body has its inherent musicality as everyone has a different body. But due to a disconnection between body and mind, most of bodies lose their innate musicality and creativity. Therefore, by restoring an inborn flow running through body and mind, the music rooted in each individual’s body spontaneously can be created.

#details of the session

-Breathing and Movement

/ understanding about the innate rhythm and flow

-Listening to sound

/ understanding about tones as components of nature, all tones in harmony

-Movement and Sound

/ making the quality sound & interacting with sound

-Creating short phrases with simple motifs

1) Single tone/ exploring of the depth of sound & rhythm

2) Two tones and more/ creating codes

3) One and One Jam/ breathing together, moving together

 

Contact/ Resume

Wooguru:

director of the FREE FLOW PROJECT

Choreographer/ Educator in Free Flow: physicality toward musicality

wooguru@gmail.com   Thulestr.67 13189 Berlin Germany  004917687763746

Wooguru is a choreographer/ educator researching on the human body which is the essential foundation towards attaining spontaneity, Creativity, and freedom. He’s started dancing on the street and developed his original style named as FREE FLOW, which has been recognized by various organizations such as Movement Research in NYC, TANZTAGE Berlin, and Seoul Dance Center. And it turns into the new educational project rooted in the new awareness of the human body, which has conducted in Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Korea.

: FREE FLOW PROJECT

2017 Presentation: Restoring the inherent flow of the human body and the new role of art education in the public sphere at the Research Institute of Won Buddhist thought

2017 Free Flow Project: Stolpe/ Germany

2017 Free Flow Project: Zagare/ Lithuania

2017 Free Flow Project: Gandhi School in Gumsan/ Korea

2017 Free Flow Research Residency in Gwangju/ Korea

2017 Free Flow: Urban Restoration Project in Jeongeup/ Korea

2017 Free Flow Project: Seoul Dance Center in Seoul/ Korea

2017 Free Flow: The New Awareness of The Human Body in Bergen/ Norway

2017 Guest lecture in Daejeon Culture Foundation

2016 Free Flow: The New Awareness of The Human Body in Bergen/ Norway

2016 Free Flow: Community Art Project in Zagare/ Lithuania

2016 Free Flow Artist Residency

supported by Latvian Culture Foundation& Totaldobze in Grobina/ Latvia

2016 Free Flow supported by TREenit in Tampere/Finland

2016 Free Flow supported by Seoul Dance Center in Seoul/ Korea

2016 Free Flow: self-recovery workshop supported by NON Berlin in Berlin/ Germany

2016 Free Flow supported by Wudangtao Studio in Kaunas/ Lithuania

2016 Free Flow supported by Latvian Culture Academy in Riga/ Latvia

: Free Flow: dance performance

2014 TanzTage Berlin                                                http://www.sophiensaele.com/produktionen.php?IDstueck=1209&hl=de

2015 Moving Poets Festival in Charlotte/ USA   http://www.movingpoets.org/

2015 Urban Poetry Festival in Riga/Latvia   http://www.totaldobze.com/

2014 Resonanz_Körper Fest. in Frankfurt(Main)   http://aussenwelt.org/festival/line-up/

2015 Zagare Fringe Festival in Lithuania (duet)   http://zagarefringe.weebly.com/

2015 Seoul Art Space Mullae (duet)

2016 Free Flow at Kultūras centrs Kaņepes in Riga/ Latvia

2016 Spira(l) festival in Kaunas/ Lithuania

2016 Free Flow in Hardbakka ruins project in Bergen/ Norway

2016 Gothenburg fringe festival in Göteburg/ Sweden (duet)

:Artist Residency

2016 Seoul Dance Center AIR in Seoul/ Korea

2016 Hardbakka ruins project in Bergen/ Norway http://hardbakkaruins.wix.com/bergen

2014 Contemporary Art Center Haywood in Troy/ USA http://www.cactroy.org/about.php

2014 Atalaia residency in Portugal   http://atalaiaartes.weebly.com/

2013 Verdecoprente in Terni, Italy   http://verdecoprente.com

2013 HomeBase Build in Berlin     http://homebaseproject.org/

2012 Movement Research in NYC selected                                                                                          -but I couldn’t join it due to personal circumstances.                         sarahholcman@movementresearch.org

2011 MAP_ artistic incubating system by Seoul Foundation Art and Culture

_Grounded: duet with Nelly Hakkarainen/ by Wooguru/ choreography, performing

2014 10 times 6 in Berlin   http://www.ada-studio.de/pages/tentsix.html

2014 100Grad Berlin   https://www.facebook.com/100GradBerlin

2014 Grey Cube Festival in Helsinki   http://greycubegalleriat.tumblr.com/

_The Free Dance: solo works by Wooguru/ choreography, performing

2014 Lake Studio Berlin

2014 Nomad Gallery Berlin

2014 Del Rex in Berlin with Seamus O’ Donnell

2014 Experimental Monday with Seamus O’ Donnell in Madam Claude in Berlin

2013 Platoon Berlin for ‘salon revolutionär’   http://platoon.org

2013 Verdecoprente Festival in Terni/ Italy, following A.I.R   http://verdecoprente.com/

2013 Das unmögliche Haus Festival in Berlin

2013 Molt! International Exhibition in Berlin   http://www.zonadynamic.com/

2013 Invisible Drawing with Christina Cheung   http://invisibledrawings.blogspot.de/

2013 Border Cities & New Identities in Suceava, Romania

2012 Medea Electronique in Athens   http://www.medeaelectronique.com

2012 Bonninale Festival in Loop hole Berlin

2012 Experimental Monday in Madam Claude in Berlin

2012 Mullae Art Festival in Seoul/ Korea

2012 Lowrise in Seoul/ Korea   2011 Jung Da Bang in Seoul/ Korea

2011 Geek in Seoul/ Korea

2010 Dokkebi Award_ final list in Chuncheon/ Korea   2008 Gallery HUT in Seoul/ Korea

 

_Workshop

2016 Choreolab Europe in Amsterdam/ Netherland

2015 IMPACT 15 by PACT Zollverein in Essen/ Germany

2014 Choreography Coding Lab by NODE forum & Motion Bank in Berlin/ Germany

 

_Articles in newspaper and art magazines

2015 Charlotte observer  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article19049388.html

2014 TanzRaumBerlin http://tanzraumberlin.de/Magazin-Artikel–435-1.html?id=503

2014 TanzForumBerlin  http://tanzforumberlin.de/trailer632.php

2013 Peripheral ARTeries   http://issuu.com/artpress/docs/peripheral_arteries_art_review_-_may_2013/45

2012 Stigmart   http://stigmart.weebly.com

_Education and others

2007-2010 worked as a freelance designer Collaboration with ADIDAS, Fubu, Skono and so on

2008 BA Hanyang Univ. textile and clothing

2007 began to dance on the street