Collectioning

There’s no place like home. It’s where we live, work and dream. It’s our sanctuary and our refuge. We can love them or hate them. It can be just for the night or for the rest of our lives. But whoever we may be, we all have a place we call home.

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE is a series of short films that explore the idea of home; what makes them, how they represent us, why we need them.

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE is produced and directed by Ben Wu and David Usui, of Lost & Found Films.

Byun of Brooklyn is the first in the series.

4 minute peek into his assemblaged world, his thoughts on his collection, the sorting, the character of each talismanic piece. He creates whimsical, fanciful kind of cocoon. The sort of thing some of us may remember doing as children when we lined our bedroom walls with stuffed animals and toy models.

A far cry from the Collyer Brothers type obsessive behavior, this kind of collecting tells a story about the curiosities as well as curator. There is a method to the placement and grouping, an overall decor theme, a mood created by weaving these seemingly unrelated thing together. I know collectors can seem a bit eccentric, caring and talking to their little bits of treasured junk and glittery tchotchkes, but I can relate. And on the Richter scale of pathological weirdness it’s pretty benign.

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