Tag Archives: Media City Seoul

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!


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.

Yangachi wins Hermes Foundation Misulsang

5 Sep

The media artist Yangachi has won the 20 million-won art prize from the Hermes Foundation.  The news broke late on September 2 that the Seoul-based artist, who works mostly in video and media installation, was selected for Korea’s most prestigious art prize ahead of finalists Bae Jong-heon and Park Jina.

The prize was founded in 2000 as a way to promote Korean culture and art through generous sponsorship of important  figures in the Korean contemporary art scene.  Previous winners include Kim Beom, Do-ho Suh, Chan-kyong Park, and last year’s Park Yoon-young.


Still from "Bright Dove Hyunsook," Yangachi's award-winning video installation


Yangachi was awarded the prize for his work Bright Dove Hyunsook, which is currently installed at Media City Seoul.  The 2-channel installation uses CCTV cameras to capture the meanderings of Miss Hyunsook.  The unique aesthetic that results from the aerial perspectives and choppy camera panning combines with a snappy soundtrack to create a immersive and intriguing piece that is hard to walk away from.  The use of taxidermic doves, decorative lightbulbs, and gilded, earthen objet trouvés further contextualizes the work by incorporating parts of the video into the installation itself.

The jury committee, composed of Korean and international professionals, said this about their selection: “Yangachi earned an immensely positive assessment by enduring artistic risks and obligations, and making progress by maintaining a variety of values. This particular work’s aim greatly impacted the judges.’’

The artist, whose name means bully or gangster in Korean, has garnered a lot of attention this year, having been one of six finalists earlier this year for the first-ever Asia Art Award, sponsored by the CJ Cultural Foundation (the award was won by another Media City Seoul artist, Apichatpong Weerasethakul).


GALLERY: Mark Bradford finishes installation

2 Sep

Although Mark Bradford’s massive canvas, Kingdom Day, went up on the wall last week, he finished work on it yesterday. It’s quite impressive.

I caught up with him while he was “cleaning” it.  Along with his assistant, he meticulously went over the whole canvas by hand, using rags soaked in a cleaner mixed with a plastic varnish substance.  This serves the purpose of getting all the dust and grime off the surface (don’t forget that he creates collages from found paper from the streets of South Central Los Angeles) while also coating it with a protective covering to preserve it for the future.

Check out the photos below:

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.


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