Theatre-maker Jaha Koo has taken an unconventional route to depicting his experience as a teenager during the 90s South Korean economic crisis

It doesn’t take much to turn a rice cooker into a bomb, according to South Korean theatre-maker Jaha Koo. He discovered this accidentally, when trying to reprogram a rice cooker to talk.

This wasn’t an idle endeavour. Koo had decided he wanted to create a play in which he could interact on stage with AI-enhanced rice cookers. As metaphors for the contemporary South Korean experience go, rice works on a number of levels: it sustains life, it bonds together – and it’s subjected to a great deal of outside heat and pressure.

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