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    Posted: 27 Aug 2009 at 12:53

In Sweden in old times people said that if you dig enough deep you will come out in China (in reality you will come out somewhere in the Pacific).

 

Now you can talk to people in Korea through a well.

 

The well is located in Brunnsparken square in the city of Gothenburg and it is connected with Seoul in South Korea. There is a similar well. The two wells are connected through an internet connection, microphones and speakers.

 

Originally the plan was to have one of the wells in Teheran in Iran, but the authorities there thought it would be a spy hole and that people would spread propaganda through it. So instead the corresponding well were set up in Seoul.

 

From october the corresponding well will be located in New Dehli in India.

 

The well is a work of artist Mandana Moghaddam, born in Iran.

 

 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote King Kang of Mu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Aug 2009 at 15:07
Dig! Dig! Dig!
dig harder!  faster!  no you can't eat until you hit the hot spot.  you wanna go back to the sweat shop?  i didn't think so.....
 
 
Yeoboseyo?  Hello?  Spreken zie Kimchi?
 
oh no, too much Soju in this well.....Beer
 
 
 
I love it. thanks for posting, Carchar.
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Yes, this idea with a direct line of communication between ordinary people is really good. Still today much comminication and spreading of ideas between people are mediated via media. Also on internet the communication is mediated through different fora and is not as direct as it is in the well.

The reasons why Teheran did not want the well were as stated above and they also thought that this well would do ridicule to the well of the last imam. The creator of the well think such an idea is preposterous and that her intention was certainly non of that kind.

So now Gothenburg communicates with Korea instead, and from October it wll be with India.



It would really be nice to see these kind of communication portals in a lot of cities. It could be a nice and relaxing hobby going round and talking to the world this way.




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Here is little info about Mandana Moghaddam, the creator of the well(s):

A Well that Connects Sweden and Iran: Cultural Discourse or Government Censorship?
http://www.gozaar.org/template1.php?id=1158&language=english
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Well then Carcharodon, since you have a magic link with the Land of Samsung & LG, i would like you to send a message for me to the people of Korea:
 
''Annyunghaseyo!, when is Fullhouse II coming out?''
 
If you hear something resembling the word Shiba then suffice to say they don't know either.LOL
 
 
 
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Unfortunately the link to Korea shut down in the end of August since the exhibition the well in Korea was a part of ended then. But in october the well in Gothenburg instead will connect to a well in New Dehli in India.

Concerning Full House 2 I did some googling and found this:

http://www.mysoju.com/full-house-2/

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=42418560461

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=42418560461&topic=8649

Hope it can be of some assistence.

In October one can maybe ask the New Dehlians about some indian movies and TV series.

Now in September Mandana Moghaddam shall also once again try to get the permission to have a well in Teheran. Hope she will succeed this time.



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By the way, here is part of the mission statement for the well:

What would happen if there was a well that linked us from one side of the globe to the other?

What if an unexpected, direct communication was suddenly created between the average people in different part of the globe? It is very ironic that although the world is saturated by information flows and communication possibilities yet there is very little communication between average people.

The Well is an interactive sculptural installation intended for the city environment. The installation comprises a round well that is linked to another installation which is in another town in another country. The work functions in a way that one can talk to someone-else who is standing at the twin-well in another part of the world .

By establishing Communication the well gives a vision that people can come together despite political, religious, cultural distance and boundaries. The work can be said to highlight the discussion of public space to a global level.This Project shows people the opportunity to meet on its own terms even when states and cultures far from each other, not only in geographic terms.

The average man on the street in different countries never knows what their fellow citizens around the globe think. Whatever they know about each other is through ‘main stream media. It is surprising how little we know about each other; west is foreign to east and south is absolutely unknown to north.





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Originally posted by Carcharodon Carcharodon wrote:

In Sweden in old times people said that if you dig enough deep you will come out in China (in reality you will come out somewhere in the Pacific).

 

Old times? I tried that when I was small.

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Originally posted by Styrbiorn Styrbiorn wrote:

Originally posted by Carcharodon Carcharodon wrote:

In Sweden in old times people said that if you dig enough deep you will come out in China (in reality you will come out somewhere in the Pacific).

Old times? I tried that when I was small.



How deep did you get?  Smile
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That's too bad Charch, thanks for the info!
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No there is a well in Bangalore in India too.
 
 
Would it not be fun with such a well in every city? A sort of public audio internet.
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