docnow 2017 / ASH

Artist Statement

Filmed during the summer of 2016, Ash is a film about the struggles of Seoul’s underground DIY music scenes. Exploring universal themes of gentrification, class, resistance, lifestyle, and culture, the film moves from the gentrified ruins of Seoul’s Hongdae neighbourhood into Club Sharp and LiveHouse GBN: two venues fighting to stay relevant while trying not to repeat the mistakes of the older generation. Part visual essay and part character study, Ash is a film of hope and purpose—a story about finding a way to live a life within a closed system.

About The Artist

A filmmaker and photographer, Ken Robinson lived in Korea from 2008 to 2015. His photographs have been published in magazines internationally in addition to being used for independent DIY albums and artwork. He has also filmed and directed music videos for online and TV broadcast. Ken’s work is focused on the documentation of sub-cultures and the use of film and photography to celebrate alternative ways of living.

Ken Robinson

Project Type

June 7, 2017

Doors at 6:30 pm
6:30pm–9:00 pm

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
506 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON M5S 1Y3
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After Party
9–12 pm
Paupers Pub
539 Bloor Street W
Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6
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