As a follow up to the Nami Island performance we unofficially took part in the Dong-sung-ro festival, Daegu. A larger edition of 200 마늘쑥 were made to distribute to the public
It is worth adding that prior the performance we started the day off by visiting a restaurant in the afternoon and consumed a number of soju bottles.
Trying to blend into the festival crowd we walked up and down Dong-sung-ro carrying our portable amplifier occasionally stopping to hand out some of our artists editions 마늘쑥. We also took to the subway to make a toilet break and was quite aggressively told to turn off our sound piece by a perturbed security guard. We then made our way to the portrait photographers shop, which now has our portrait displayed in their window, to hand the bewildered photographer a personal “mould museum”.
At one point we managed to gate crash the large street stadium to just pause for photos, consume some small free bottles of soju that we acquired from a street promotion earlier, and smoke some cigarettes, little did we know at the time that smoking is outlawed along Dong-sung-ro. We spent some time sitting amongst the crowd watching a rather rapid and obscure rendition of some kind of talent contest and was abruptly told by a Korean military officer to turn off our sound recording.
later in the day we were absolutely mobbed by members of the public for our 마늘쑥 as they yanked at my satchel and snatched the pots out of our hands, only to look at them with a confused disinterest and attempt to hand them back, and in some cases retrieve our remaining bottles of soju.
What made this performance stand out quite considerably from the Nami Island predecessor is that the Namisun visitors were probably expecting bizarre, eccentric street performances, in the commercial nature of the high street-esque Dong-sung-ro festival, the public were mainly expecting promotional freebies and conventional entertainment.
To round off the day we stopped dead in our tracks and were eventually turned into a photo opportunity for a number of festival visitors, whether genuinly interested or perhaps just to follow suit in the Asian photographic reminiscence demographic, many took their experience home to put pride of place on their mantle piece or promptly electronically bin or forget about.
We decided prior to the performance to not personally document this performance, any photographs featured have been acquired from festival visitors. If you have a picture of Tiger and Bear at Dong-sung-ro festival please don’t hesitate to send them to us, especially any of us on stage.