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CIRCA:
How has dialogue between the two Koreas changed since you made Early Arrival of Future in 2015? Is there any more hope?

SOJUNG JUN:
In 2015, when the work was being produced, inter-Korean relations were at their worst. The work was the first collaboration between South and North Korean artists during the time of hostility, and this remains to be the last. After that, there were three rounds of inter-Korean summits in 2018, which was much more frequent than in the past years (there had been only two summits, in 1998 and 2007, since the division). On each occasion, the DMZ was thought of as a place of hope. Revisiting Early Arrival of Future now, when the relationship between the two Koreas are again strained, evokes the sense and warmth of the moment when a lively conversation was neither a dream nor fiction.

The April 2018 Inter-Korean summit took place on 27 April 2018 on the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area, between Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea, and Kim Jong-un, Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, and Supreme Leader of North Korea. The summit was the third inter-Korean summit – and the first in eleven years. It was also the first time since the end of the Korean War in 1953 that a North Korean leader entered the South's territory; President Moon also briefly crossed into the North's territory.

The summit took place after the two sides held several meetings in preparation for the joint attendance at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The idea initially was brought forward through an official invitation from the North to conduct a meeting. The summit was focused on the North Korean nuclear weapons program and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The Panmunjom Declaration was made following the summit.