Saturday, October 31, 2009

U·S·B: Emerging Korean Artists, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Nov 5 - Dec 6

Dates:5 November - 6 December 2009
Times:11:00-19:00 (Entrance closing time : 6:00pm)
Where: Hangaram Art Museum
Cost: 2,000won (1,000won per one person for Group over 10 persons)
Websites (English):,

Participant artists: Sunah CHOI, Hongseon JANG, Hyojin JEONG, Donghoon JUN, Taebum HA, Eunok HWANG, Eemyun KANG, Chosil KIL, Jeuno JE KIM, Songhe KIM, Daehun KWON, Changwon LEE, Kakyoung LEE, Sekyung LEE, Sunhwa LEE, Wonho LEE, Youngmi LEE, Hyojun NAM, Asa OH, Jaye RHEE, Eva SHIN, Haeri YOO, Jieun YOON, Sun YOU

Director: Mijin KIM
Curators: Minseok SEO, JW STELLA, Kyongfa CHE

'The Internationality and Locality of Korean Contemporary Art'
Time: Friday, 6 November from 2 pm to 6 pm
Venue: Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center

Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center
Nambu Loop Line 2406 (700 Seocho-dong), Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel. +82 (0)2 580 1603 Fax. +82 (0)2 580 1614
Website (Korean and English):

'U·S·B: Emerging Korean Artists in the World 2009' is the contemporary art exhibition which features a collective of 24 new generation of the Korean diaspora artists, who were either born in the 70s or 80s, and based outside Korea: Europe, the Americas and across Asia, working actively within the international art scene but not being exposed to the public in Korea.

The title of the exhibition, 'U·S·B' is a metaphor for connectivity and mobility of these artists who live or travel around the globalized world with changing boarders, merging cultures, the new channels of communication, the growing power of social networks and media, and emerging technologies for ecosystem. Not only the social and cultural environment in which each artist resides, but their proximities to Korea are different: some of the artists were born and grew up in Korea before leaving the country; the others have never or hardly lived in Korea while being a Korean national. The exhibition provides an opportunity to look into their various artistic languages, sensitivities and interests cultivated and transformed through negotiations with diverse social systems, political power and cultural values.

The exhibition gathers more than 100 new and existing works of the artists, of which media encompass painting, video, installation, animation, photography and sculpture. By bringing together their articulations and perspectives, this exhibition aims to portrait not only how travelling and living in between cultures influences the constitution of self, but also the state of negotiation and complexity within a subject, which cannot be embraced by a single national identity.

Getting there: Excellent directions in English at:

VIVA art video festival, Gallery LOOP, Hongdae Seoul, Nov 3 -4, 2009

What: VIVA festival - international art video screenings
Where: Alternative Space LOOP, media Center, Hongdae
When: Nov 3 - 4, 2009
2009/11/03 from 6pm (120 mins total)
2009/11/04 from 6pm (120 mins total)
Short films from artists in many countries: Spain, Sweden, Germany, USA, Netherlands etc.
Gallery Open hour: Monday ~ Sunday, 11am~8pm
Tel : 82.(0)2.3141.1377

Cue - 2009 Changdong open studio, Seoul - Nov 1, 2009

Cue - 2009 Changdong open studio
10 am - 6pm Sun Nov 1, 2009
Artist talk with Chicago artist Mike Andrews at 4 pm. Mike has been working on some funky knitted sculptural pieces, and will talk about his work and art residencies and artists in Chicago.

Address: 601-107 Chang-dong Dobong-gu Seoul (Postal code: 132-919)
Changdong Art Studio: TEL 82-2-995-0995 FAX. 82-2-995-2638

By Subway:
Take Subway Line 1 and get off at the Chang-dong Station. At the outside of Exit 2, take the green bus #1157 and get off at Chang-dong Branch of Korea Exchange Bank.
Take Subway Line 4 and get off at the Suyu Station. At the outside of Exit 1, take the green bus #1127 or 1138 and get off at the stop 'Chang-dong Branch of Korea Exchange Bank'. Take the crosswalk to KEB and turn right and go ahead about 20m.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Interactive improvised concert - Yogiga gallery, Hongdae, Nov. 14, 2009

What: Spin the Bottle.
Where: Yogiga Gallery, Hongdae
When: Nov 14, 2009 - 6pm

Description: Experimental music event
Like the junior high kissing game, but with people playing music
instead of making out - though smooching will not be prohibited.

Everyone will sit in a circle and spin the bottle. Whoever the bottle
lands on, that will be who you will jam with for the next 5 minutes.
Just pick up an instrument and go for it! It could be terrible or it
could be awesome.

Yogiga will provide many different kinds of instruments: guitars,
drums, accordion, out of tune piano, PA, amps, various others; but
people are encouraged to bring their own instruments to add to the

This show will be recorded and the best of the jams will be released
on either cassette tape or cd-r. Participants will receive a free

This is not an opportunity to find some people to jam on that folk-pop
song you have been working on. This is purely for improvisation and
spontaneity. Everyone is urged to play an instrument with which they
are uncomfortable or unfamiliar and see what new sounds they can

This will not be a reoccurring event, so don't be shy and come on down
to Yogiga Gallery.

There will be booze at this.

Getting there:
Nearest subway: Line 2 green or Line 6 brown - Hapjeong station, exit 6. Walk up the main road towards Sangsu station. take the second left. Yogiga is in a basement not far from the family Mart. see map.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Yaiza Nicolás- Spanish artist in residence-exhibition opening Friday Oct 30, 2009

Yaiza Nicolás- Spanish artist in residence:
Finally after 2.5 months working in the residency of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea, I’ll show my last works in the Changdong Open Studio, this Friday October 30th at 6:00 pm. After the Opening on Friday, I’ll offer a lecture on Saturday October 31 at my studio 207 at 4:00pm. I will talk about Spanish art residency Hangar in Barcelona and I will talk about my work and what I’ve been doing in Korea.

Address: 601-107 Chang-dong Dobong-gu Seoul (Postal code: 132-919)
Changdong Art Studio: TEL 82-2-995-0995 FAX. 82-2-995-2638

By Subway:
Take Subway Line 1 and get off at the Chang-dong Station. At the outside of Exit 2, take the green bus #1157 and get off at Chang-dong Branch of Korea Exchange Bank.
Take Subway Line 4 and get off at the Suyu Station. At the outside of Exit 1, take the green bus #1127 or 1138 and get off at Chang-dong Branch of Korea Exchange Bank. Take the crosswalk and go ahead about 20m.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

'Korea Now' Sun mu solo exhibition opening Oct 24 - Dec 9, 2009

Venue: Gallery Sangsangmadang, Hongdae, Seoul
Artist: 선무 Sun mu
Dates: 2009.10.24~2009.12.09
Opening party: Sat. Oct 24, 6pm
Opening times daily: 13:00~22:00 매월 첫째주 월요일 휴관 :
Tel : 02 330 6223
Website: (Korean only):
Getting there: Closest subway: Brown line Sangsu station exit 1, or green line Hongik station exit 5, or Hapjeong station exit 3. See map.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Performers Playground, Itaewon, Seoul, Tuesdays from 20 Oct 2009

From mid-October, Root Experience will start a Performers Playground every Wednesday evening in Seoul from 21 Oct to 11 Nov. After that, from 17 Nov to Xmas, they will be held on Tuesday evenings. This will be a weekly workshop for people simply wishing to play with differing styles of performance and theatricality. The idea is to explore different theatrical ideas, and create a shared environment where creativity can thrive.
Each week we will look at something different, from rhythm in performance to exploring ways to enhance relationships with audience and techniques inspired by our good old improvisation friend.
These workshops are open to anyone with any level of experience, just drop in! You don't need to make any commitment, just turn up to once, or keep coming along.
The Performers Playground will initially be run by members of the company, but will then be open to anyone who wants to try out their own ideas.
If you are interested please get in touch at for more details!

When: Tuesday 21 Oct to 11 Nov, Wednesdays from 17 Nov to Xmas.
Time: 8:00 to 10:30 PM :(2 1/2 hours)
Where: The Hive
Directions: To get there, go out exit 3 Itaewon station (630). Walk straight, then take the first right, before the fire station. At the second left, The Hive is on the corner.

Workshop Details:
Wed 10/21 – Extreme Characters - Remaining truthful when creating extreme characters or archetype caricatures.
Wed 10/28 – Musicality and Rhythm - How musicality and rhythm can be used to express and aid emotional connections with both the self and audience members.
Wed 11/4 – Nonsense Language - creating understandable, fun and alive improvisations without using any known language.
Wed 11/11 – Puppetry (part 1) - creating puppets from anything and using them to explore the physicality of truthful performance.
Tue 11/17 – Puppetry (part 2) - as above. This is a continuation of part 1. To attend part 2 you will need to be present at part 1.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Portraits of Shoes, Stories of Feet- Sungok Art Museum, Seoul, til Nov 8

What: Portraits of Shoes, Stories of Feet
Where: Sungkok Art Museum
When: Through Nov. 8
Learn about the history of footwear at this special exhibition sponsored by the French Cultural Center.
Admission is 5,000 won.
Hours: Tues - Sun: 10 am - 6pm
Website: (Korean and English):

Organ Mix Total Museum of Contemporary Art Through Nov. 15

What: Organ Mix
Where: Total Museum of Contemporary Art
When: Through Nov. 15
Conceptual works by Korean and foreign artists who have studied and lived in Germany are displayed in this new exhibition at the Total Museum of Contemporary Art. Eleven artists, including Danica Dakic, Klaus Mettig, Rita McBride, Lee Moon-ho and Kim Hee-seon, have been invited to show their works.

Address: Total Museum of Art, 서울시 종로구 평창동 465-16, 우편번호 110-848
P. 02-379-3994
F. 02-379-0252
Website: (Korean and English):

관람시간: Tue -Sun: Open 11 am- close 6pm

관람료: Cost: 3,000원

Transport: Subway
Line 3 Gyeongbok gung station, Exit 3 then bus 1020, 1711
Line 4 Gileum station, Exit 3 then bus 7211,110

Bus: 롯데.삼성아파트에서 하차
간선버스 - 110, 153
지선버스 - 1020, 1711, 7211

Art Exhibitions in Seoul through Nov/Dec 2009

Art Exhibitions roundup - (Source: Korea Times Oct 1, 2009)

Organ Mix
Total Museum of Contemporary Art
Through Nov. 15
Conceptual works by Korean and foreign artists who have studied and lived in Germany are displayed in this new exhibition at the Total Museum of Contemporary Art. Eleven artists, including Danica Dakic, Klaus Mettig, Rita McBride, Lee Moon-ho and Kim Hee-seon, have been invited to show their works. Visit

City_net Asia 2009
Seoul Museum of Art
Through Nov. 22
This biennial exhibition introduces works of art by Asian artists. Curators based in Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing and Istanbul organized this exhibition. Visit or call (02) 2124-8800.

The Poetic Art of Colors _ Light of Heart
Yongeun Museum of Contemporary Art
Oct. 10-Dec. 13
Artist Bang Hai-ja is holding a solo exhibition at the Yongeun Museum of Art. Visit or call (031) 761-0137.

Flexible Aura
Brain Factory
Oct. 15-Nov.1
Brain Factory is hosting a group exhibition featuring works by foreign and Korean artists, including Candida Hofer, Kristoffer Akselbo, Tasha Aulls and Jee Oh. Visit

Art Dome
Gallery Ssamzie
Through Oct. 18
Works by Korean and Spanish artists are on display at Gallery Ssamzie for this exhibition highlighting cultural exchange between the two countries. Call (02) 736-0900(#504) or visit

English OBSE-ssion
Gallery Factory
Through Oct. 30
Kim Bo-hyung and Kim Jin-soo collaborated on a video project about the Korean obsession with English. It is currently being shown at Gallery Factory. Call (02) 733-4883 or visit

Trip to Myself
National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea
Through Oct. 25
A retrospective of works of the late artist Lee Byoung-yong is on-going at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province. Lee had actively participated in the activities of avant-garde group Esprit that were crucial to the development of Korean modern art in the early 1970s. To get there, get off at Seoul Grand Park Subway Line 4, Exit 4, where a shuttle bus to the museum is available every 20 minutes. Visit

Moving Target
N Gallery
Oct. 7-29
Six Korean artists, Ahn Bong-kyun, Yoo Geun -taek, Lee Gil-woo, Lee Sung-o, Lim Taek and Lee Lee-am, are participating in this group exhibition at N Gallery. Call 070-7430-3323 or visit

On The Threshold
Pyo Gallery, Itaewon
Through Oct. 30
Artist Lee Yong-deok's installation ``I'm Not Expensive'' was included in the 2008 Singapore Biennale. He is holding a solo show at Pyo Gallery in Itaewon. Visit

Johyun Gallery Seoul
Through Oct. 20
Artist Boo Moon's photographs are being shown at Johyun Gallery, Nature Poem building, Cheongdam-dong. Visit

Olafur Eliasson
PKM Trinity Gallery
Oct. 9 - Nov. 14
PKM Trinity Gallery, located in Cheongdam-dong, is hosting an exhibition of works by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Call (02) 515-9496. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 11a.m.-6 p.m. Visit

Portraits of Shoes, Stories of Feet
Sungkok Art Museum
Through Nov. 8
Learn about the history of footwear at this special exhibition sponsored by the French Cultural Center. Admission is 5,000 won. Visit

Arario Seoul, Arario Cheonan
Through Oct. 25
Korea-born American artist Jin Meyerson is having two simultaneous solo shows at Arario galleries in Seoul and Cheonan. His works are characterized by dizzying colors and distorted images. Visit

Video: Vide & 0
Arko Arts Center
Through Oct. 18
Arko Arts Center, located in Daehangro, is holding ``Video: Vide & 0,'' an exhibition that hopes to expand the public's understanding of video art. Visit

Super Mega Factory
Kukje Gallery
Through Oct. 18
Kira Kim's solo exhibition at Kukje Gallery features wooden sculptures of 20th-century superheroes and monsters. Visit

Stan Douglas
Mongin Art Center
Through Nov. 1
Canadian media and video artist Stan Douglas is having his first solo exhibition in Korea. The show includes his black-and-white portrait photographs. Mongin Art Center is located in Samcheong-dong. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit

Architectural Ceramic Now & New
Clayarch Gimhae Museum
Through Feb. 7

The Clayarch Gimhae Museum, located in South Gyeongsang Province, is holding its 8th Architectural Ceramic Exhibition. Participating artists include Song Jun-gyu, Hilde Angel Danielsen, Lee Jong-geun and Johannes Pfeiffer. Visit or call (055) 340-7000.

Desire and Anesthesia
Art Sonje Center
Through Oct. 25
Ham Kyung-ah is holding a solo exhibition at Art Sonje Center, Seokuk-dong, Jongno. Visit

Multiple/ Dialogue
National Museum of Contemporary Art of Korea
Through Feb. 7, 2010
This yearlong exhibition brings together the works of the late Paik Nam-june and Korean-American artist Kang Ik-joong. On display is Paik's multimedia installation and Kang's installation work, made of thousands of paintings, woodcuts and drawings. The two artists may have come from different generations and have distinct artistic styles, but their art continues to enthrall. To get there, get off at Seoul Grand Park Subway Line 4, Exit 4, where a shuttle bus to the museum is available every 20 minutes. Visit

Free Films, KFCC, Seoul - African Cinema til Oct 31, 2009

Free films at the Korea Foundation Cultural Center (KFCC) near City Hall, Seoul.
Every Mon, Wed, Sat at KFCC.
Screenings include 'Power of One', 'Blood Diamond', 'Out of Africa', 'Nowhere in Africa','Hotel Rwanda'.
Check KFCC website (English) for screening times and dates.

Hotel Rwanda

Date: October 21(Wed.) at 7 p.m.
Year of Production: 2004
Running time: 121 minutes
Director: Terry George
Language: English
Subtitles: Korean
Rating: 12+

Swedish Footprints -exhibition of Swedish Art and design, KFCC gallery, Seoul Oct 21 - Nov 7, 2009

Swedish Footprints

Period: Oct. 21 - Nov. 7, 2009
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00, Mon.-Sat.(21:00 on Wednesdays)
Venue: KFCC Gallery Nuri, Joongang Ilbo Building
Host: Embassy of Sweden in Seoul, Korea Sweden Cultural Society
Supporter: KFCC
Entrance Fee: Free

Nearest subway: City Hall station, exit 9 - 5 mins walk

Opening -Joan Mitchell drawings, Kukje Gallery, Seoul Oct 22 - Nov 22, 2009

Retrospective exhibition of famous Chicago artist, Joan Mitchell at Kukje Gallery.
Opening: Thur Oct 22, 5 - 7pm

To get to Kukje Gallery, come out Exit 1 Anguk station and follow the signs towards the National Folk Museum. The gallery is opposite the museum on the main road.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

City_net Asia 2009 - Seoul Museum of Art, til Nov 22, 2009

What: City_net Asia 2009
When: 29/9/2009 - 22/11/2009

Venue:Seoul Museum of Art (Main building)
30 Misulgwan-gil, Jung-gu,
Seoul Korea 100-813
Tel: +82 (0)2-2124-8800

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday, 10am - 10pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 7pm

The aim of City_net Asia 2009 is to promote cultural exchange among major Asian cities and to actively introduce young promising artists to the audience. City_net Asia 2009 will present talented young artists who have emerged in the domestic art scene of each participating country. Artists selected by the curators from their respective countries have worked together with the curators to create works that reflect particular social and cultural issues of their own countries.

The participating museums are the Today Art Museum in Beijing, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Istanbul Modern and Seoul Museum of Art.

All genres of modern fine art such as paintings, photographs, sculptures, installations, images / about 100 pieces
Attending artists:Participating artists: 40 artists in total from Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing and Istanbul

Other participating artists include: Gulsun Karamustafa, Sukran Moral, Sener Ozmen & Erkan Ozgen, Hale Tenger, Nil Yalter, Canan Senol, Hakan Onur, Hakan Gursoytrak, Murat Akagunduz

Opening 'Lack of Electricity' media art exhibition, Space CAN, Seoul. Oct 22 -Nov 19

'Lack of Electricity' - Aram Bartoll, Herwig Weiser
Artists: Byeong-sam JEON, Heungsup JUNG(정흥섭), Junebum PARK(박준범)
Curator: Gon PAIK(백곤)

Thursday 2009-10-22 at 5:00pm, then runs til Nov 19, 2009.

Venue: Space CAN
136-822, 46-26 Seongbuk-dong,
Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, Korea.
T. 02-766-7660
F. 02-744-0272

Website: Korean :

Space CAN provides Korean artists with domestic and international exhibitions for the purpose of art and cultural exchange. Space CAN is a multicultural space exhibiting various art genres.

Public Transportation Info
Subway line No. 4 [Hansung University station Exit No. 6]
> Bus No. 3, 1111, 2112 > Hongik Middle/High School station > at the Seonjam-danji, turning to the right, go straight 100m.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Cadavre Exquis - group art project, Spacebeam, Incheon begins Oct 10 - 24, 2009

The 컬mont Family presents Cadavre Exquis at Space빔(Beam), Incheon
Starts: Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 3:00pm until Saturday, October 24, 2009 (final show and end party)
Location: Space Beam - Incheon - Korea
Street: Baedari (by Dongincheon station)
City/Town: Incheon, South Korea
For info in English:
Phone: 010-24209294

컬mont Family is a family of friends and an international group of artists living and working in Korea. They originally formed within the abandoned neighborhood of Guemho in Seoul where they spent their summer weekends exploring, sharing, and making art.

Cadavre Exquis is French for "exquisite corpse" and originates from a Surrealist game in which players take turns writing or drawing on a piece of paper. Each player conceals their work with a fold, revealing only a tiny portion until the page is complete.
For this group project, they embrace the game's historical and literal associations, replace the conceptual element of concealment with interdisciplinary collaboration, and expand the material from simple paper to the space of the city and of their friendships. All the works for this exhibition are new projects developed between the artists involved.
The 컬mont Family takes specific interest in the Baedari area because of its strong sense of community and its current struggle against rapid redevelopment.

Space빔 (Beam) is an alternative art space located in an old rice wine brewery building on Baedari Road in Incheon, Korea. Many people call Baedari the "Mother of Incheon" since Incheon's modern history, culture, education, religion, labor, and even transportation started there. Space빔 is trying to establish the unique identity of local culture as an alternative art space under the motto of publicity, locality, and autonomy. It intervenes in the course of production, circulation, and consumption of discourse on local art and sets the stage for open meetings and productive communications while struggling with the centralized culture & arts system.


Saturday - October 10th /// 3:00pm - 7:00pm
10월 10일 토요일 오후 3시부터 7시까지

Launch and Community Block Party,
(배다리) 지역의 파티를 시작합니다.
We will start cooking yummy foods at 3:00pm!
맛있는 요리의 시작은 3시입니다.
Music by Duo Park
음악의 두오 박

Activities: ( 활동내용들 ) :
-knitting circle with Alysia Kim
엘리시야 킴의 “집단(사람들)원형 뜨개질”
-blind-spot drawings with Jamie Bruno
제이미 브르노의 “ 맹점 (눈으로 볼 수 없는 부분) 그림 그리기 “
-collage station with Eric Davis
에릭 데이비스의 “ 콜라쥬 공간 “
-neon campfire hangout space with Fredric Houvert
프레드릭 하우버트의 “ 스페이스 빔에서의 네온싸인 불꽃놀이”

Saturday - October 24th - 2:00pm - 8:00pm
10월 24일 토요일 오후 2시에서 8시까지
Closing Camp Party
폐막 파티 불꽃놀이
The Chicken and the Wife (short play by Veronica Lee)
베로니카 리의 “ 키친과 아내”
Walking Tour with JooYoung Lee
이주영의 “ 도보여행 ( 배다리 일대 ) “
4:00pm - Music by:
음악, 오후 4시
- Bridget and the Puppycats : 브리짓 앤 더 퍼피캣츠
- Dydsu : 욕녀와 박다함
- Yamagata Tweakster : 야마가타 트윅스터
- Duo Park : 두오 박

How to get there / 찾아오는길 :

By Train - 전철이용
Line 1 to Dongincheon Stationuse, take Exit 4 towards the market and make a right. Walk down this street for 10 minutes, cross an underpass, go straight and make the first right.
국철 1호선 동인천역 하자, 4번출구이용 (중앙시장방향)

- Bus - 버스이용
Bus / 시내버스 2, 10, 15, 16, 17-1, 21, 41, 46, 62, 3 Village Bus / 마을버스 517,519,521 Airport Bus / 공항버스 8100공항버스 8100

check out extra info and maps here:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

MAC Jazz Festival, 21-27 Oct 2009, Mapo Art Center, Seoul

Rounding off a month of Jazz in the Seoul area is the MAC (Mapo Arts Center) Jazz Festival.

Dates: Wednesday 21 to Tuesday 27 October 2009

21st: Woongsan at 8PM. Seats: A W33,000 / S W44,000 / R W55,000.
22nd: Winterplay at 8PM. Seats: A W33,000 / S 44,000 / R W55,000.
23rd: European Jazz Trio at 8PM. Seats: A W44,000 / S W55,000 / R W77,000.
24th: 100 Golden Fingers at 6PM. Seats: A W33,000 / S 44,000 / R W55,000.
25th: Pablo Ziegler Trio at 6PM. Seats A W44,000 / S W55,000 / R W77,000.
27th: Tommy Emmanuel at 7:30PM. Seats S W35,000 / R W55,000.

Venue: Mapo Arts Center. Located near exit 2 of Daeheung Station on subway line 6 (stop 625)

Info: (02) 3274-8600 (or contact 1330 for English help)
Website in Korean only.

Please visit:

Seoul International Jazz Festival - Oct 9 - 11, 2009

Seoul Jazz Festival will be held for the first time at the Gwanak-gu Science Exhibition Hall and Nakseongdae Park.
The Seoul Jazz Festival will be held for three days from Oct. 9 through Oct. 11. The festival featuring amateur and professional jazz musicians will offer an unforgettable experience.

Seong Si-gyeong and the military band will perform along with jazz harmonica player Jeon Je-deok, and Korean jazz singers Woongsan and Malo. From abroad will come lyrical jazz pianist Ron Branton, saxophone player Grace Kelly and jazz saxophone player James Moody. Top jazz musicians from Korea and abroad will come together to create fantastic jazz harmony. Amateur international jazz contest for amateur bands and underground bands, performances by popular singers and other programs will make jazz more accessible.

Venue: Nakseongdae Park, - Main Stage near Science Museum - Gwanak-gu (see attached map)
Getting There: Go out exit 4 of Naksungdae Station (stop 227). Take the #02 Maul Bus (small bus) to the Science Museum (과학전관 - sounds like: kwahakshangwa)

Cost: free

Info: 070-7663-0881~4 (if no English speaker, contact 1330 for information)
Program : Pre-opening performance, Opening performance, Jazz concert
Date : 18:00~20:00, Oct. 9(Fri.), 2009
Venue : Science Exhibition Hall
Host : Yoo Yeol, Guest singer : Seong Si-gyeong

Performance by top Korean and foreign jazz artists
Date : 18:00~21:00, Oct. 10(Sat.), 2009
Venue : Science Exhibition Hall

Jazz competition preliminaries : 14:00~17:00, Oct. 10(Sat.), 2009
Jazz competition finals : 14:00~17:00, Oct. 11(Sun.), 2009
Venue : Nakseongdae Park

Jazz open market, Jazz food town
Venue : Nakseongdae Park, Science Exhibition Hall

NOW WHAT_Democracy and Contemporary Art - Seoul galleries, Oct 15 - Nov 21, 2009

Title: NOW WHAT_Democracy and Contemporary Art
Dates: Thursday, October 15th – Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Venue 1:
Space Hamilton
683-142 Hannam-dong Yongsan-gu, Seoul
T 031.420.1863
Opening Thursday, October 15th, 2009 @ 5:00PM

Venue 2:
Insa Art Space of Arts Council Korea
90 Wonseo-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul
Subway directions: Orange line 3, Anguk station, Exit 3.
T 02.760.4722
Opening Saturday, October 24th, 2009 @ 5:00PM
Programme at Insa Art Space:

5pm 24th Oct (Sat) Sungmin Hong / "play-writing" (Performance)

7pm 28th Oct (Wed) Hong, Chulki / "What is Nonhuman?: Mediation between things and democracy" (Talk)

7pm 30th Oct (Fri) Baruch Gottlieb / "Materiality of Digital Media" (Talk)

5pm 31st Oct (Sat) Peter Watkins / "La Commune" (Film Screening)

7pm 4th Nov (Wed) Justine Triet / "Sur Place" (Video Screening)

7pm 6th Nov (Fri) Pash Buzari / Eun-Jung Kim / "How about this" (Talk)

6pm 7th Nov (Sat) Kim Gok, Kim Sun / (Film Screening, Director's Talk)
Contemporary art talks about democracy. The present situation and inborn significance of democracy presents the alternative to autonomy and social function of art.

'NOW WHAT_Democracy and Contemporary Art' is a question about how democracy relates to contemporary art.

This question starts from the critical mind on restrictions originated by various causes in reality, such as consequences of mass media, school education, authoritarian at workplace, lack of passage for democratic participation, and political measures of government. The reality of democracy in Korea is that the people haven’t yet obtained civic rights, and even a notion of the citizen is absent.

At a contemporary art exhibition hall, as a specifically political space that displays art, intends to present rather concrete features to this dim and abstract notion of the status and role of the citizen through contemporary art pieces that comprehend alternative for democracy and criticism on reality. This exhibition is a fundamental question about the cause of extreme social changes, as well as an ontological question about our standings. We would like to exchange alternative plans and prepare for future through this question.
About The Artists

Seokho Kang graduated from the Department of Sculpture at Seoul National University and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany. He had his first solo exhibition at do ART Gallery in 2003, also held solo exhibitions at Kumho Museum in 2006 and at Brain Factory in 2008. He takes individual characters as his main motif and takes them into his paintings in different ways; the paintings of a trimmed bust of people shown in TV programs or newsmagazines, for example. In this case, gesture becomes the key of the painting since each character makes particular gesture in a very rhetorical and descriptive impression exaggeratively expresses the social or political standing of oneself. The artist also projects exhibitions with his series of collections made up of ordinary living supplies such as chairs.

Minja Gu graduated from the Department of Painting at Hongik University and Department of Figurative Art at Korean National University of Arts. She participated in Ssamzie Studio Program in Korea and Hangar Residency Program in Barcelona. She also took part in several group exhibitions such as , and , and had her first solo exhibition at Space Croft in 2009.

Baruch Gottlieb is a media and sound artist born in Montreal, Canada who took his major in film production. He is the originator for bringing in sound art in Korean curriculum as well as founding Sound Effects Seouls(SFX Seoul). From 2005 to 2008 he stayed in Korea working as an assistant professor in media art at Yonsei University Graduate School of Communication and Arts. Mainly presenting sound and computer-based films, his work even expands to interactive art, radio art, archiving and public art, pursuing systems of human form in the cosmism of human nature.

Pash Buzari is an artist mainly presenting video and installation works mixed with photography and drawing, with his interests based on architectural or cinematic space. The artist is also interested in aspects such as light, space and perception shown in sci-fi films, he experiments alternative possibilities about “future” and investigates models of future life in the boundary of architecture and society. In those works film, design or architecture becomes a tool to look out on future. Buzari participated in the Berlin Biennial in 2001, Venice Biennial in 2003 and Whitney Biennial in 2006.

Hwayoung Park, born in Seoul in 1968, graduated from Department of Painting at Seoul National University and got her master degree in New Form at Pratt Institute. She participated in P.S.1 International Studio Program held by Institute for Contemporary Art, New York in 1995, and took part in Theaterwork DESDEMONA held in Germany and Japan in 2000 and 2001. In 1998 she co-projected the very first single video exhibition in Korea and presented it at Art Sonje Center. Merging together varying media and scales, she has been showing her works in diverse forms, searching for the most appropriate ways to express identities, the essential topic. Her works metaphorically represent things she actually feels and experiences in her everyday life.

Pascal Lièvre was born in France in 1963. He has constantly been having exhibitions around the world : Paintings Ombres in Belgium(2000), Vidéochroniques in France(2001), VideoHisboa Festival in Portugal(2003), “Face Off” in New York(2004), Preview Art Fair in Germany(2005) and “Women Portraits” in Hong Kong(2005). The artist re-appropriates himself icons of pop culture and mixes them to create new political language, scrapping out famous art works from their structure and background in his paintings.

Justine Triet, born in France in 1978, graduated from National Art School in Paris, and worked as a director, screenwriter, actress, photographer, editor and sound editor. She presented a short film “Sur place” in 2006 with the scenario, sound editing and production on her own, and in 2007’s film “Chroniques de 2005” she played a role as an actress.

Sungmin Hong, Professor of Kaywon School of Art and Design, inspires a new wave into the art and performance field in Korea with his projects turning a shopping mall into a performance stage, or presenting a lip-synch opera performance played by well-known characters of TV commercials. His general-oriented works stand on a unique, inflecting line in the Korean contemporary art society. The artist presents the new aesthetics the modern society desires, deranging symmetrical aspects like Eastern & Western, ordinary & extraordinary or tradition & revolution. His site-specific projects filled with various devices like dance, performance, live music and images run by a nonlinear scenario subvert traditional structure of a theatre.

Chulki Hong is a noise musician and improvisation player born in Seoul in 1976. In 1997 he formed Astronoise, which was the first group in Korea that plays noise music. In 2000s he produced several albums of noise music and improvisation music, while co-managing an independent label Balloon and Needle. He also played with other improvisation musicians from in and out of the country several times, and wrote music for experimental films.

Peter Watkins is an English film director born in 1935. After studying at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art he started making films with an 8mm camera, and in 1959 his film “The Diary of Unknown Soldier” won Oscar Prize for Amateur. Then he started his career as an assistant producer of TV films and commercials at BBC, but since the film “The War Game” he presented in 1965 was banned by BBC Watkins left England. From then on Watkins consistently produced films that criticize the brutality of war and reveal his hostility towards public power and the press. “Punishment Park”, “Edvard Munch” and “The Freethinker” are the well-known works by Watkins, especially “La Commune” filmed in 2000 is valued as the zenith of his works with all his standpoints integrated. He is named as the initiator of fake documentary, or mockumentary in other words.

Raqs Media Collective is a group of three media artists Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta, with their activities based in New Delhi. They all graduated from the Mass Communication Research Center at Jamis Milia Islamia University, India, and gathers in 1992. The three members were also co-curators of Manifesta 7, The European Biennail of Contemporary Art took place in Italy in 2008. Raqs had their exhibitions at Frankfurt and New York in 2004. Their work continues to explore and develop in subsequence the urban landscape and experience, the meaning and uses of media and technology, the nature of knowledge and what it means to learn. We face not only an artistic impulse but also a wider range of human faculty associated with the capacity of individuals and societies for imaginative and ethical innovation.

Space Hamilton, Seoul - Grand Opening Party- 6pm, Oct 10, 2009

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