Yeon Sung

Rusty Odyssey

Creature of Yeon Sung

Rusty Odyssey depicts the colonial faces of three copper coins (VOC Duit, Japanese Sen, and Euro coin) tracing their guilty chronicle from the 17th century till the present day in The Netherlands, Japan, and Korea. Transcending time and territories, the film cuts the temporal dimension of the geographies where the coins were born and follows the transformation of the monetary material as vitalized by capital. Rusty Odyssey reveals the colonial phantom behind the faces of the coins through three sites in which history is staged. The fluctuating heartbeat of copper – an inheritor of colonial capitalism – still lives on.

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