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[Focus] SERIES: Korean Contemporary Art Guide

⦁ Meeting Korea’s Art Spaces
_Hw...

[Focus] SERIES: Korean Contemporary Art Guide

⦁ Meeting Korea’s Art Spaces
_Hwang Suk-kwon(senior editor, Wolganmisool)

We just opened the one of the ‘Korean Contemporary Art Guide Series’.
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Voices from Mullae | Seoulist – Bespoke Lifestyle + Culture in Seoul

Voices from Mullae | Seoulist – Bespoke Lifestyle + Culture in Seoul | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it
Seoulist is an English language online magazine curated to feature the best of Seoul affairs, characters and curiosities.
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Seoul artists talk about what makes this burgeoning art village special.

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Takashi Murakami Visits Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong

Takashi Murakami Visits Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it
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Takashi Murakami’s iconic, smiley-faced flowers sprouted in Hong Kong this winter.
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(Im)Possible Landscape

(Im)Possible Landscape | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it
PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art strives to promote and reinterpret contemporary art with new vision by continuous reexamination and discourse of its complexity.
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Korea’s latest theme park celebrates the toilet | London Korean Links

Korea’s latest theme park celebrates the toilet | London Korean Links | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it

Suwon is home to Korea’s latest theme park: the “Restroom Cultural Park” (수원 화장실 문화공원), which opened on 4 July 2012. Suwon is the city that launched the “Making Beautiful Public Restrooms” project in 1997, and lists its top conveniences on the city website. (via Rocket News; photo: KBS)

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Gangnam Style dancers at Seoul street parade – in pictures

Gangnam Style dancers at Seoul street parade – in pictures | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it
Dance troupes performed the South Korean rapper Psy's signature dance during a cultural festival in Seoul (Gangnam Style by South Korea's Psy an inspiration to dance troupes around the world from Russia to Coast Rica.)...
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Where the story ends, Gallery Chosun - artinasia.com

Where the story ends, Gallery Chosun - artinasia.com | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it
Where the story ends, Gallery Chosun in asia (Where the story ends by Chinwook KIM, Gallery Chosun, seoul http://t.co/e3j7HPFu...)...
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Bookshop Index

Bookshop Index | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it
Directory of independent art bookshops around the world. (전세계 아트북샵을 모은 북샵 인덱스, 멋지다!
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The 17th ifva festival Opening Gala: Live Performance & Media Art Exhibition

The 17th ifva festival Opening Gala: Live Performance & Media Art Exhibition | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it
The 17th ifva festival Opening Gala: Live Performance & Media Art Exhibition — Cinema 2.0:,

Pao Galleries in asia (The 17th ifva festival Opening Gala: Live Performance & Media Art Exhibition — Cinema 2.0: by Pao Galleries, hong kong

 

Media Art Exhibition — Cinema 2.0: "Altered States"
From single screen to interactive media, the use of space and form have been evolving all along. ifva, in collaboration with art.ware, will be presenting “Altered States”, an exhibition of media art works from three renowned media artists including Jennifer & Kevin McCoy from the US and Diane Landry from Canada. Ten finalist works of this year’s Interactive Media Category will be shown alongside.

 

http://www.hkac.org.hk/en/index.php

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Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence - ARCUS Project was launched in 1995 by Ibaraki Prefectural Government as its main organizer.
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Residence Support Program trans_2014-2015 | Akiyoshidai International Art Village

Residence Support Program trans_2014-2015 - Akiyoshidai International Art Village (【Call for Application】“trans_1014-2015”(Theme: The features of this land)(Deadline: July 31) by AIAV→http://t.co/vit8wGcuWo)...
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Korea Power

Korea Power | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it
Korea Power, Design & Identity, Klaus Kemp, Hehn-Chu Ahn, Gestalten, Museum für angewandte Kunst Frankfurt (RT @BarcelonaBerlin: Korea Power - http://t.co/Dt5sNFPEYe via @GestaltenNews)...
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Seoul Sub→urban

Seoul Sub→urban | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it

‘Discovering Seoul, one subway stop at a time.’...

 

This project began with a simple question that we often found ourselves thinking as we rode the subway from the neighborhoods where we lived to one of the half dozen areas we would regularly visit for work, shopping, or nightlife: ‘What if I just got off here? What’s up there?’

 

The Seoul subway system is the third busiest in the world, serves over 6 million passengers a day, covers 755 kilometers, and has 447 stations. But how many of those stops does the average person ever use, whether they’re an expat or a lifelong Seoulite? How many of the surrounding neighborhoods do they ever see? We use the station near our home, the one near work, and a few others near where we regularly go out, shop, or eat. But what if we just picked a random station and went there? What would we find?

With Seoul Sub→urban, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing. Every week we’ll pick a new subway stop, go there, and check out the neighborhood. (For practicality’s sake we’ll be limiting our scope to stops within the Seoul city limits.) We’ll try to turn up an interesting restaurant, bar, shop, or two; check out local attractions, architecture, and history; attempt to get a feel for the pulse of the neighborhood; and, if possible, get a local resident to share the area with us. Then we’ll report back here.

We've each spent about three years living in Seoul on and off, so while we're not novices to the city we’re also not assuming to make this a comprehensive representation of Seoul’s myriad neighborhoods. (If you want a more informed look at the city's culture, food, fashion, or history you'd be well-advised to check out some of the links below.) This is, first and foremost, an excuse for us to explore and get to know a city we love and to get beyond the Hongdae-Itaewon-Jongno-Gangnam loop. We hope that by doing that for ourselves, and by providing a compelling visual and written portrayal of the city, that we’ll encourage some readers to do the same.

It’s a big city. Get on the train.

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Greetings, From the End of Space, Gallery Dam - artinasia.com

Greetings, From the End of Space, Gallery Dam - artinasia.com | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it

SIZOW has worked based on interests in the inner world of people. Like ordinary life of Japanese, SIZOW also has taken a lesson that inner feelings should be concealed. If once learnt, people close their mind. However, people realize their real feeling accidentally, and start looking back themselves. The artist describes that moment on painting like photographing it. Showing sentiment from the depths of heart makes better communication. As feeling value of every moment in his life, the artist is working. In this exhibition, 20 art works, such as 'pool', 'climbing', 'the shader of a tree', 'freedom', and etc., will be displayed. 

 

GALLERY DAM
7-1 Anguk-dong Jongno-gu
110-240 Seoul Korea 

 

http://www.gallerydam.com/current/sub1_current.htm

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Top 6 art cinemas in Seoul

Top 6 art cinemas in Seoul | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it
For anyone sick of watching the same 10 movie stars go through the same motions in every blockbuster, these six art cinemas around Seoul offer less commercial, more experimental films on their screens.

Keep in mind that most of the movies are shown in their original language with Korean subtitles, unless otherwise noted by the theater.

1. Cinecube

Who needs popcorn when you're watching food for the soul?

Located in the basement of Gwanghwamun’s landmark Heungkuk Life Insurance building, Cinecube was opened in 2000 by Korean Film Art Centre Baekdu-DaeGan, which acquires and distributes foreign films in Korea.

The small theater houses two screens, and while there is no concession stand, there is a small convenience store.

The theater has hosted the Australian Film Festival, the “Queer, Homos and Us” Festival, and the Asian International Short Film Festival, Korea’s largest international competitive short film festival.

In addition to the signature “Hammering Man” sculpture outside, the Heungkuk building is also known for some of the other artwork it houses in its lobby, so while you’re there, don’t forget to check out Fre Ilgen’s sculpture, “Your Long Journey,” the biggest indoor installation in the country, as well as works by Kang Ik-joong and Romero Britto.

B2, Heungkuk Life Insurance Gwanghwamun Office Building, Shinmun-ro 1-ga 226, Jongno-gu (종로구 신문로 1-가226번지 흥국생명 광화문사옥 지하2); +82 2 2002 7770; www.icinecube.com

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2. Arthouse Momo

Yes, boys are allowed.

Arthouse Momo is housed in the stunning ECC building in Ewha Woman’s University.

The theater has hosted “Cinema that Hears Music” concerts featuring musicians whose songs appeared on movie soundtracks, Arabic-language films hosted by the Korea-Arab society, and the EBS International Documentary Film Festival, which screened documentaries from all over the world.

The underground ECC building, designed by French architect Dominique Perrault, who also designed the National Library of France in Paris, is a great place to play and wander, with its many cafés, restaurants, stores and concerts.

ECC Gate 3, Ewha Woman’s University, 311-1 Daehyeun-dong, Seodaemun-gu (서대문구 대현동 11-1 이화여자대학교 ECC Gate 3); +82 2 363 5333; www.cineart.co.kr

3. Spongehouse

More than anything, we like the name.

Spongehouse was opened in 2006 by Sponge Film Company to screen movies it imports and distributes. While there used to be two other locations -- one in Apgujeong and the other near Euljiro 2-ga -- the Gwanghwamun theater is the only one still standing.

Sponghouse has screened cult hits such as “Volver,” “Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens,” and “Bowling for Columbine.”

The theater also holds the annual Japanese Indie Film Festival as well as various retrospectives, such as a Jeon Do-yeon retrospective in 2008 in honor of the Korean actress’ 2007 win at Cannes for Best Actress.

A coffee bar sells snacks as well as beer which patrons can take into the theater.

C Square Building, 61-21 Taepyeong-ro 1-ga, Jung-gu (중구 태평로 1가 61-21 씨스퀘어); +82 2 2285 2095; www.spongehouse.com

3. Sangsang Madang Cinema

The biggest indie landmark in Hongdae.

Sangsang Madang (which loosely translates as “Imagination Grounds”) is known as an indie culture hub in Hongdae, as the complex houses an art gallery, studio, café, design store, and cinema, and also regularly holds indie music concerts.

The cinema screens a wide range of domestic and international short and feature-length films and holds many festivals including the Sangsang Madang Family Film Festival and the annual Sangsang Madang Cinema Music Film Festival.

June 2011 saw the opening of a second Sangsang Madang in Nonsan, 180 kilometers south of Seoul. The theater also plans to open branches in Busan, Daegu, Jeonju and Gapyeong.

367-5 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu (마포구 서교동 367-5); +82 2 330 6200; www.sangsangmadang.com/cinema

5. Seoul Art Cinema

For those in the mood for an actual artistic experience.

A non-profit organization run by the Korean Association of Cinemathèques, Seoul Art Cinema has been fighting financial difficulties due to the government’s 50 percent cut in funding last year.

Past events include "Korean Cinema Now: New Director's Strategy" which screened independent Korean movies with English subtitles, the Russia-Eurasia Film and Culture Readings, the Seoul LGBT Film Festival, a Roman Polanski Special, and the Experimental Film and Video Festival.

They also host a free monthly screening of Japanese films. On the third Friday of every month they show new Korean independent short films.

Every month, the cinema picks a director who comes in and talks to the audience about his or her film, filmmaking process and philosophy.

4/F, Nagwon Arcade, 284-6 Nagwon-dong, Jongno-gu (종로구 낙원 284-6 낙원상가 4층); +82 2 741 9782; www.cinematheque.seoul.kr

6. Media Theater i-Gong

Explicit yes, porn no.

Alternative Visual Culture Factory I-Gong is a non-profit art organization that screens experimental films that focus on women and minorities.

Tip: The films screened here can at times be explicit with the level of nudity and/or sexual innuendo, as the content often is chosen for specifically dealing with the body, sex and sexuality.

Films screened in the past include those of avant-garde lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer, dancer and poet Maya Deren, and Yoko Ono.

I-gong also organizes the Seoul International New Media Festival.

2/F 330-8 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu (마포구 서교동 330-8번지 2층); +82 2 337 2870; www.igong.org

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Incheon Art Platform Residency program http://t.co/fmnThPig

Incheon Art Platform Residency program http://t.co/fmnThPig | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it
Incheon Art Platform Residency program http://t.co/fmnThPigThe Artro > Support > Incheon Art Platform Residency programeng.theartro.krIncheon Art Platform's residency program provides support for creative and academic activities by artists...
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WOMAD CODE: The Eye of Korean Women Artists, Espace Louis Vuitton Hong Kong - artinasia.com

WOMAD CODE: The Eye of Korean Women Artists, Espace Louis Vuitton Hong Kong - artinasia.com | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it
WOMAD CODE: The Eye of Korean Women Artists, Espace Louis Vuitton Hong Kong in asia (WOMAD CODE: The Eye of Korean Women Artists by KIM Ji eun, LEE Jiyen, Espace Louis Vuitton Hong Kong, hong kong http://t.co/mFq2X1qW...)...
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Project K – The Korean Film Festival in Frankfurt

Project K – The Korean Film Festival in Frankfurt | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it
For those who have friends in Frankfurt, do pass on the good news that there’s a big K-fest coming up, 12- 14 October. Film, food, music, and a logo that looks very similar to London’s All Eyes on Korea festival.
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Festival Àsia 2012

Escucha el mugham, estilo musical vocal Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO, este domingo en el #festivalasia en BCN http://t.co/WzQ2JyI2...
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N-Minutes Video Art Festival 2012, N Minutes Video Art Festival Committee - artinasia.com

N-Minutes Video Art Festival 2012, N Minutes Video Art Festival Committee - artinasia.com | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it
N-Minutes Video Art Festival 2012, N Minutes Video Art Festival Committee in asia (N-Minutes Video Art Festival 2012 by N Minutes Video Art Festival Committee, shanghai http://t.co/5dmUoIps...)...
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Preview Exhibiton at Incheon Art Platform

Preview Exhibiton at Incheon Art Platform | Korea-Asia | Scoop.it
We have a preview exhibiton @inartplatform. Opening the 8th of March 2012 at 17:30. The exhibition...
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