Project UL-SSI-GU (프로젝트 얼씨구)
Global Pungmul Institute in Chicago, USA
Project Co-directors: Byoung Sug Kim in USA & So Ra Kim in Korea
Media Director: Debora Kim in Australia
Project Ul-ssi-gu seeks to foster a global sense of community by designating August 15 for street performances of pungmul around the world. August 15 marks Korea’s liberation from colonial rule, and as such is an appropriate day to celebrate community through pungmul. As we play pungmul and engage audiences to cry out “Ul-ssi-gu joht-ta!” on that day, the globe will resound with drumming in celebration of culture and community in light of international peace.
Project Ul-ssi-gu 2014 was successfully done with 15 pungmul troupes from eight different countries including the USA, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, and Korea. In 2015, 22 teams from six different countries participated in Project UL-SSI-GU 2015 to celebrate the Liberation Day of Korea and the end of World War II.
Appreciative members of the audience call out “Ul-ssi-gu joht-ta!” as they enjoy pungmul, Korean drumming. This simple, joyful exclamation ties together the players and the audience, binding them within the drumming experience of pungmul. The audience’s cries of “Ul-ssi-gu joht-ta!” and the answering rhythms of the players are an expression of community ties.
Project UL-SSI-GU 2015 in Chicago
Project UL-SSI-GU 2015 – Final Video