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Media Art Seminar to be organized by British Council Korea

2 Sep

This Saturday, September 4, British Council Korea will present a seminar entitled “Mixing up Realities–media experiments in public space.”

Presented as a companion to Media City Seoul 2010, the seminar will introduce works by emerging UK artists exhibiting in Korea this fall, both under the auspices of Media City Seoul and the Incheon International Digital Art Festival. As part of the seminar, which will be held at the Seoul Museum of Art’s Seminar Room, Mike Stubbs (Director, FACT Liverpool), Matt Adams (artist, Blast Theory), and Chris O’Shea (artist) will discuss how their works intervene in public space and engage with their audiences through their media-based works.

Saturday, September 4, 2:00 p.m., Seoul Museum of Art, Seminar Room.

To RSVP for the seminar, register here.

Mike Stubbs

Mike Stubbs has been Director of FACT since May 2007, as well as Professor of Art, Media and Curating at the John Moores Liverpool University. In 2002 he won a Banff Fleck Fellowship. Previously he was Founding Director at Hull Time Based Arts (HTBA). During his career, Mike has commissioned over 250 interactive, site specific, performative, sonic and moving-image based artworks.

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) has been a leading institution in the UK video, film and new media arts scene for 20 years with groundbreaking exhibitions, education and research projects. The organisation aims to pioneer new forms of artistic and social interaction with individuals and communities. During its history, FACT has commissioned and presented over 250 digital media works with artists including Pipilotti Rist, Bill Viola, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Vito Acconci and Isaac Julien.

Matt Adams

Matt Adams is a member of Blast Theory, an internationally renowned artists’ group that uses interactive media to create groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting. The group’s work explores interactivity and the social and political aspects of technology. It confronts a media saturated world in which popular culture rules, using performance, installation, video, mobile and online technologies to ask questions about the ideologies present in the information that envelops us. Blast Theory has received numerous awards including the Maverick Award (2005 Game Developers Choice Awards, USA), Golden Nica for Interactive Art (2003 Prix Ars Electronica, Austria) plus four BAFTA nominations. The group is based in Brighton, United Kingdom.

For Media City Seoul 2010, Blast Theory presents Ulrike and Eamon Compliant, which premiered at the opening of the Venice Biennale from June 4th – 7th 2009. Ulrike and Eamon Compliant was commissioned by the De La Warr Pavilion and supported by Arts Council England and Mixed Reality Lab (University of Nottingham). It is a site specific work based on the lives of Ulrike Meinhof (Red Army Faction) and Eamon Collins (Irish Republican Army). The work invites the audience to take on the character of either Ulrike or Eamon and take a journey through the city receiving and making phone calls as the character they have chosen. The work combines documentary elements with an interactive narrative. It aims to engage with the audience in a highly personalized way, asking the audience to consider and perhaps question their own beliefs and ethics.

Chris O'Shea

Chris O’Shea is a British artist and designer. He uses technology to make the unimaginable come to life. Inventing new approaches that explore play, human behavior and engagement through interaction design and the visual arts. His works and collaborations have been commissioned by the BBC, FACT (Liverpool), Design Museum (London) and Science Gallery (Dublin) and shown by British Council Japan and Kinetica Art Fair. He is on the executive committee of the charity foundation Action for Children’s Arts, which campaigns for the right of all children in the UK to have access to high quality art as an integral part of their childhood. He is also the author of the Pixelsumo blog and co-founder of event series This Happened.