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What is the most remarkable thing you’ve learned through your research about the landscape of the DMZ/Civilian Control Zone?

SOJUNG JUN:
When I visited inside the Civilian Control Line, early summer heat had already begun. In the hot and humid air, the smell of wild grass, plant roots, and soil lingered on the tip of my nose.

The soldiers observing the iron fences, guard posts, and the surrounding terrain, as well as the scattered warning signs for landmines made the current state of division more immediate. Amid the high tension at the border, the smell of the wild under the scorching sun, the pulsing greenery, and the olfactory and tactile experiences made the impression of the space more intense and uncanny. I wanted to capture these sensations in Green Screen. One critic underscored the tactile imagery in my videos. The critic wrote, “If sight is the sense of contemplating an object far away from the body without much physical effort involved, the sense of touch is one that necessarily accompanies the effort of the body and is exerted only when the distance between the object and the body is minimised.” It would be nice to mention the synesthetic experiments designed to redistribute the senses in a later question. Following this work, I will be able to visit the DMZ around this fall when it will probably have different colors and textures.

The DMZ is home to more than 5,000 species, 106 of which have protected status, the South Korean Ministry of Environment reports. White-naped cranes and black-faced spoonbills are among the rarer species to seek refuge there, among the minefields and abandoned towns. A heavy military presence remains and civilians are very rarely allowed into the DMZ, but troops have also found evidence of rare Asiatic black bears, Amur Leopards, and Amur gorals (a type of mountain goat) living there.