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Arirang Mass Games 2012 (North Korea)
Rungnado May Day Stadium – The largest stadium in the world by capacity
It just wouldn’t be North Korean without images of guys shooting guns on the outside of the stadium.
At May Day stadium, we went to see the Arirang Mass Games which is large-scale performance praising the Workers Party of Korea, the armed forces, Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il.
Quite possibly the most impressive thing I have ever seen, the Mass Games is a perfectly coordinated 100,000 person performance that will blow your fucking mind!
Here, the rising sun is meant to symbolize Kim Il-Sung. Other images that are meant to symbolize Kim Il-Sung in the Mass Games include but are not limited to purple and red flowers (red also signifies the working class) and a gun which he gave to his son Kim Jong-Il.
One in thirty of Pyongyang’s approximately 3,000,000 residents participates in the Mass Games. Citizens are selected based on their skill level and in many cases, this will be a way of life for them until retirement.
On the other side of the stadium where the large images take shape, over 30,000 well-regimented children hold up big cards or booklets and flip the pages simultaneously to create the huge mosaics seen from the spectator side.
They only peek their heads up and out like this to look for their cue to flip the pages. Otherwise, they’re not seen and duck behind their cards.
As the children are busy flipping the cards in the background, tens of thousands of gymnasts and dancers run through complex and highly choreographed routines on the field below.
Like father, like son. Kim Jong-Il was able to succeed to power with relative ease in the early 1990s “thanks to the painstaking preparations that had been underway for more than a decade, the overwhelming cult of personality and the unique charisma of Kim Il-Sung.”
A giant pig-head with dancers in cat suits exploding from beneath its frock
Here they took the concept of titty-tassels and applied it on a larger scale using the human head and large whips
Glow-in-the-dark dancers on the field. I seriously had butterflies in my stomach the whole time watching this shit. It was pretty amazing.
Elegant Korean ladies
Only in North Korea where the people are so dutiful could they pull off a performance as extravagant as this. Like flowers from manure, I guess beautiful things can spring from shit.
Red commie bastards
Huge-ass taekowndo exhibition. This shit was actually a little bit intimidating.
Five-story human tower
On that triange are five human beings spinning in synchronicity. In addition to this sort of display, the performers also glided across the stadium-top on ziplines and had been shot out of cannons from opposite sides of the field at each other which gave the illusion they were going to collide in mid-air.
Apparently China and North Korea are pretty tight.
Near the end, when a reunified Korea is called for – under rule with Juche idealism of course.
Grand finale – so beautiful I nearly cried. Thank you Great Leader! Thank you Dear Leader!
How the image is created – people on the field up close