Ihyangjeong: Carving with Memories

기억으로 만든 집: 이향정

  • Sunghwan Lee
  • South Korea
  • 2022
  • 17 min
  • Immersive
  • European Premiere
  • DocLab: Nervous Systems, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

The housing market in South Korea is tight, and animator Sunghwan Lee moves from one semi-basement to another temporary home. This situation, combined with his difficult childhood, got him thinking. What is a home? What makes a house a home?

In colorful animations, he explores the concept through his memories of his father’s childhood home, a 300-year-old traditional Korean residential complex that has been declared a cultural heritage site. This safe place is a vehicle for the countless memories of many people.

In this VR experience, the smooth and beautifully animated journey through time and space goes from the carefully preserved objects on his father’s desk to the few things Lee himself cherishes: the things that make a place feel like home for him. Ultimately, he wants nothing more than to himself build a house to store all his memories.


  • 17 min
  • Spoken languages: English, Korean, Chinese, French
  • Subtitles in: No dialogue
Sunghwan Lee
Rene Hyewon Lee, Mina Hyeon, Jay Kim, Sugon Kim, Sooyoung Choe, Ji-kyung Na, Jeongwoo Yang , Laon Kim, Yongsun Na, Hwanjin Jung
Executive producer
Jeongwoo Yang for Studio Shelter
GiiÖii Immersive Storytelling Studio , Studio Shelter
Sunghwan Lee

IDFA history

European Premiere
DocLab: Nervous Systems
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction
DocLab Forum Pitch Project

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