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The Backpack of Wings :

Modern Mythology

Science Fiction film, Research 2021

approx. 20 min

Work in progress

“The backpack of wings : Modern Mythology” is based on

interdisciplinary research between seismic disaster myths in asian

culture and monitoring animal behaviors in a science field. Asian

traditional people consider animals as a messenger of gods and

generally accept legends about unusual animal behaviors before natural events. However, these anecdotes haven’t been seriously accepted in western world of science. Recently some ethologists are attempting to prove the mystery of animal sense by using computation, tracking technology and gigantic data networks from undersea to outer space.

Now, how are their senses digitized, connected and translated

to predict natural disasters, and how far is the intervention of human

beings into nature acceptable? Finally, can technological positivism

take over the role of an ancient prophet in future? This project traces

this topic and creates a fictive modern mythology, based on a collection of ancient disater myths from diverse cultures. Furthermore, the new modern mythology will integrate aspects from ICARUS (International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space) project at Max Planck Institute of animal behavior, folklorist, literature and Gaia theory.

backpack of wings _2021 presentation_Pag

concept /

ideas sketches

backpack of wings _2021 presentation_Pag


In the near future small backpacks for endangered migratory birds and wild animals have been generalized. Due to global warming and environmental pollution, it becomes increasingly difficult for migratory birds to find their habitat. Bird conservationists guide them through backpacks on their migration way. To find better habitats where they can live safely. In addition, A-Sense Insurance company has applied this backpack to other wild animals and commercialized (datalized) their senses to alarm natural disasters in advance. One day a tremendous earthquake is predicted in zone 3 and birds and humans react differently than before.


Film Stills

Film Stills


director, writer, editor_ Hyeseon Jeong
cast_ Yukee
voices_ Lili M. Rampre, Kilian Kuhlendahl, IrishCobbler, Ricky DB, Tim Stephenson, Karen
©Acapela Group, Kimberly ©VoiceMaker.In, Léo Beaudoin, Meagan Hall, AnitaCrystalbaby
line producer_ Petra Clemens
animator_ Hyeseon Jeong
assistant animator and color grading_ Seongmin Yuk
subtitle translator_ Meagan Hall
sound design and mixing_ Hyemin Jung
music_ ABADIR, Audionautix, Jeolmyohan, Yukee, Ali Rahman
supported by Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear
Safety (BMU) based on a decision of the German Bundestag
production_ Academy of Media Arts Cologne(KHM)
The backpack of wings: Modern Mythology was developed within the framework of
Driving the Human; cooperation between Forecast/Skills e.V., HfG, ZKM, acatech.

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