Join multimedia artist Won Ju Lim as she details the complex motivations behind her current exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art. In this exploration she unpacks her architectural background and the intersections between reality and fantasy, real and imagined space. Inspired by science fiction films, and the urban landscape, Lim describes her vivid and colorful installations filled with found objects, miniature models, and prefabricated structures that reflect, absorb, and transmit light.
California Dreamin’ was also inspired by sixteenth-century Spanish author Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo’s fictional account of California as an earthly paradise and by the fantastical metropolises of classic science fiction films Blade Runner and Logan’s Run. Lim locates this work within mythical and historical contexts to conceptualize her idea of “futuristic ruins”—cinematic cityscapes that unite the classical past with Hollywood fantasies of the future.
Crew Credits –
Story Producer – Cal Crawford
Editors – Cal Crawford/Reza Monahan
Additional Colorist – Ben Neufeld
Sound Mixer – Christina Nguyen
Soundtrack by: Sara Johanne and Jason Breeden
Very special thanks to exhibition organizer Rory Padeken and San Jose Museum of Art.