The House Story

Parents house revisited
Paint scratches on the walls
Three different flower wallpapers
Plushies trapped in jars
Taxidermied childhood

My room facing the north
Like it always used to be
So strange, everybody acts like they’re on memory loss

There used to be an old married couple living downstairs
With their two sons, a daughter-in-law
And two grandsons

The younger son would smoke in his room
Home invasion through fogs and sounds

The room facing north
The room of a degenerate

I’d come back from school everyday
Nobody’s home yet
And I’d put my ears on the lounge floor

I’ve got ears on the top of my hands
I’ve got fingers on both sides of my head

Sound shout and scream
Bottles shattering
The kid’s having a fit
A battle where only women whimper

We never talked about the downstairs
He’s committing home invasion through fogs and sounds

Once my mum complimented the old lady
That their daughter-in-law’s an orphan
She’s got no parents
She calls the old lady, MOMMY MOMMY
She follows mommy everywhere

Then my mum gave away our storybooks to the downstairs
She always gave away used books to unfortunate people

Their daughter-in-law’s not an animal
But mum would compliment the downstairs
Like they’ve rescued a dog

The room facing north
The room of a degenerate

And I’m still thinking about it
While watching every window of families
If they’re all the same

Coming back from school
Nobody home yet
I’d put down my ears on the lounge floor
It’s not only me
Everybody lives like this

If I forget about this
I’d also become a woman
Who’d call her mother-in-law, MOMMY MOMMY
But still whimpers at the kitchen corner

After all these years
While everyone else’s forgetting about the world
That I still remember everything


이주연은 사회적 고립, 국경을 넘는 친밀감, 노동 불안정, 기술 발전, 산업 독성학과 몸 정치학 등을 포괄한 광범위한 리서치와 인터뷰를 바탕으로, 분석적이면서도 시적인 논픽션 무빙 이미지를 연출한다.

Jooyeon Lee works with analytical yet poetic non-fiction moving image with expansive research and interviews to capture urban alienation, intimacy across borders, labour precarity, technological progress, industrial toxicology and body politics.