Dragon is mysterious creature that has been existed in our imagination, since ancient time. It appears in a lot of myth, legends and fairy tales, with various looking and meanings. In the east, dragon is originally the combination of more than 20 parts of different animals, like Camel’s head, rabbit’s eye, cattle’s ear, snake’s body and hawk’s claw. Eastern dragon is a holistic hybrid creature and a symbol of transformation: continuous energy flow in nature. However, in the west, the dragon was originally a concrete expression of the divine powers of life-giving, but with the development of a higher conception of religious ideals, it became relegated to a baster role, and eventually became the symbol of the powers of evil. Many religious saints in stories have killed Dragon. Dragon became a subject to be controlled by human will.
“Yong-Shin-Gud” is a Korean word, named for a special shamanic ritual that evokes dragon spirit. Same with its original meaning, the experimental 3D animation “Yong-Shin-Gud (calling-dragon-spirit)” is a special ceremony to call the dragon’s original meaning and spirit, based on its hybridity and constant transformative nature. Yong-Shin-Gud started its production from its complicated and rich soundtrack composition based on interviews I had with diverse people. The blind, seniors at nursing home, students on campus, any people on the street… During this storytelling interview, I tell an Eastern mythical dragon story to my interviewer. The original story describes dragon as a combination of more than 20 parts of different animals. After my storytelling, I ask them to retell this story to me. Story is changed and transformed a lot by their imagination when they retell this story to me. In their story, they meet their dragon, reflecting diverse cultural meanings and symbols of it and try to find out what the real dragon is. Every interviewer tries to imagine their own image of dragon, by combining different parts of animals, and provide special meaning for their own improvised image. Dragon is not something already constructed, but constantly improvised.