“What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes?
Herein lies the key to your earthly pursuits.”
- Carl Jung
- Carl Jung
an original piece by Marie Lloyd Paspe,
recorded and edited by Justin Taesong Kim
"unknown to me" is an modern/contemporary dance choreography piece by Marie Lloyd Paspe exploring the duality of Self. It spotlights the dynamics of one's complex and fluctuating relationship to oneself, noticing the rhythms between harmony and conflict, separation and unity, questions and answers.
Choreography: Marie Lloyd Paspe
Performed by: Elise Pacicco & Eric Parra
Video Production: Justin Taesong Kim
The project was a challenge for layers of reasons.
After months of being an Equinox gym member, I started really getting inspired to create a visual piece around body movement. The digital content playing in their facilities is typically composed of montages of beautiful models performing impressive athletic feats in usually outrageous settings (yoga in deserts, cycling in what looks like a futuristic ice sauna... etc.). Honestly it's a little excessive, but I can't hold back credit for how gorgeous the videos turned out.
As I started to brainstorm ideas for how I could work on a similar project, my friend Marie sent me a message asking if I could help her create marketing material for a piece she was choreographing.
Didn't need two seconds to decide.
This was one of those rare perfect storms of projects where all of my biggest passions converged. The careful introspection of one's own internal landscape, the marvel of the human body's capabilities not only in athleticism but in beauty of form and movement, all packaged together in a creative form that allowed me to frame, color, and sound-design a piece through which I could broadcast the artists' intentions.
Pressure creates diamonds. One thing I've learned in the last few months is that any time I've committed to a project where 1) people are depending on me and 2) the deadline is tight, I'll figure out a way to make things happen. My workflow became focused, and my mind kept watching out for ways to systemize and reduce backtracking on decisions.
I've also learned that photography and videography projects are the rare kind of work that I'll pull all-nighters for if I'm not careful. As a 27-year-old who's still working on identifying my passion, that was a really meaningful discovery.