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TRUSTpoll: What do you want to see?

9 Sep

Now that Media City Seoul is officially open to the public (through November 17), we want to continue to provide you with the best content related to the exhibition.  To that end, please help us out by participating in our poll, to let us know what kinds of pieces you would like to see on the blog.   Thanks for your input!

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REMINDER: Media City Seoul opens today

6 Sep

Media City Seoul 2010, the 6th edition of the Seoul International Media Art Biennale, opens today at the Seoul Museum of Art.

Festivities will kick off at 5:00 pm when the exhibition opens to the public for the first time.  At 5:30, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon and Media City Artistic Director Kim Sunjung will deliver opening speeches to inaugurate the exhibition.  At 6:30, sound artist Tarek Atoui will give a high-energy performance of Un-drum 3: Semantic Scanning Electron Microscope.  The opening will wind down around 8:00 pm.

Media City Seoul 2010 runs from September 7 to November 17, at four venues in the historic downtown area of Seoul: Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Simpson Memorial Hall at Ehwa Girl’s High School, SeMA Annex at Gyeonghui Palace, and Seoul Musuem of History.  Admission to all venues is free and open to the public.

Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Weekends/Holidays: 10:00 am – 7 pm (September-October); 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (November)

Additionally, there are guidebooks and audio guides in English available free of charge.

GALLERY: Press preview at SeMA

5 Sep

Media City Seoul 2010 kicked off yesterday, September 4 with a press preview at Seoul Museum of Art.  The event was attended by press from near and far, including journalists and industry professionals from the USA, Europe, and Asia.

The day’s events included open gallery viewing, guided tours by curators, and a sound performance by Tarek Atoui.  The reception was overwhelmingly positive, and after such a successful “soft-opening” everyone is very excited for the next two months.

GALLERY: Media City Seoul installation part 2

1 Sep

Installation continues at Seoul Museum of Art in anticipation of this weekend’s VIP/Press preview and Monday’s public opening.  It’s interesting to see the progress of various galleries in the museum.

Nearly all the photography installations are up, and lighting adjustments are underway to ensure the best conditions for viewing.  Installation pieces, such as those by Izumi Taro, Xijing Men, and Mark Bradford’s painting are in a constant state of progress.  Izumi’s installation, which documents his life in Seoul over the course of 10 days, is of particular note in this regard.  Sumitomo Fumihiko, a curator for the exhibition, said that the piece will be under constant transformation and revision up until the VIP/Press opening on Saturday.

Video works are mostly waiting for projectors, screens, TV displays, to be installed and set up by the installation staff.  I presume these will be the last pieces to be finished before the opening.

Find photos below of Shilpa Gupta’s Singing Cloud and Untitled, Izumi Taro’s installation piece, Xijing Men’s piece, Yangachi’s video installation, and the structure that will house the first stage of Blast Theory’s interactive piece, Ulrike and Eamon Compliant.

Enjoy!

PHOTOS: Mark Bradford at Media City Seoul

30 Aug

With under a week to go until the opening of Media City Seoul 2010, the participating artists have begun to arrive in earnest.  Today saw Blast Theory and Mark Bradford join the ranks of those already here to install their work.

Bradford’s piece, which was unloaded from the crate today, is a massive canvas, 12.2 x 3 meters in size (proportionate in size with the artist himself, who towers over the average Korean citizen, at well over six feet tall).  Photos are below from the first stage of installation.

As an aside, Bradford may be continuing to work on the piece over the next few days: “I won’t know if it’s finished until I see it up on the wall.”  We’re looking forward to seeing what the final outcome will be like.

Mark Bradford (left) monitors the unpacking of his new work, "Kingdom Day," to be shown at Media City Seoul 2010

Art handlers lift Bradford’s massive rolled canvas from its crate

Try this on for size: this is what 12.2 meters looks like on a wall

Along with his canvas, Mark Bradford shipped a box full of “found paper,” some of which will be used to complete his piece for Media City Seoul 2010

“Mark Bradford -equipment-” … the red marker means it’s official

An abundance of technology

30 Aug

Since Media City Seoul is a media art biennial, there is necessarily a lot of technology involved.   Countless projectors, flatscreen TV displays, and wiring that seems to go on for days.  Here are some photos from this morning that show just how much equipment is involved (and this is just a portion of the overall total).

Unloading projectors by the van-ful at Seoul Museum of Art

TVs, projectors, etc all awaiting unpacking and installation

GALLERY: Installation begins at Seoul Museum of Art

27 Aug

With just nine days until the VIP/press preview of Media City Seoul 2010, installation at Seoul Museum of Art has begun.  The past few days have been devoted to construction of temporary walls to create the intimate spaces where many of the video works will be presented, as well as painting and other preparations. However, with today’s arrival of co-curator Clara Kim (REDCAT, Los Angeles), the first of the photo installations are now being hung.

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