Borderline Fictions: Spaces of Absurdity in the Korean Demilitarized Zone

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  • This thesis investigates the complexity of the Korean Demilitarized Zone through a series of speculative scenarios that question its future as well as architecture's role and agency in contested landscapes. Media, representation, and collective memory serve as primary themes in this research. The once united peninsula is a faint memory. North and South have undergone vast changes since the Korean War, and the DMZ remains ever-present in media and social life. "Han," a Korean notion of a deeply rooted collective memory is a key element in interpreting the DMZ's space(s) of absurdity. This thesis explores historical and contemporary modes of interpretation and understanding the DMZ, drawing on traditional Korean art forms, mythologies, and narratives to explore the spatial implications - absurd, satirical, and revelatory - of borderline fictions.

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  • 2021


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