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Title: When "new media art" became the solution to endow cultural identity to its community? - the history of new media art in South Korea since 1980s
Authors: YI, Soojung
Keywords: Media art
South Korea
Cultural Identity
Cultural Event
The more
The better
Namjune Paik
Seoul Media City Biennale
Nation-driven art policy
Issue Date: 18-Oct-2017
Abstract: Since the beginning of Venice Biennale was to revitalize the city, many cultural events are required to devote the revitalization of a coutnry, or a cuty where they are held. In South Korea, there have been lots of "new media art" related art instutitions, organizations, and festivals since 1980s. It looks like that there are many creators, audiences, practitioners. However, it means that "new media art" are not officially accepted by the arts as generally. The first media art installation in art museum was "The More, The Better" by Nam June Paik in 1987 at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. It was to memorize the Seoul Olympics in 1988. The 1st biggest media art exhibition was held in 1993 as one of the cultural events of 1993 Daejoen Expo. In South Korea, new media art is expected to revive old community to endow innovative, futuristic images to the communities. To re:trace the history how the cultural institutions of South Korea have related to "new media art" and "new media artists" will let us show the various aspects such as the expectation for the new cultural identity, the struggle of the artists for their creative freedom, the new version of nation-driven art in the contemporary society.
Description: Biography: Soojung YI (Curator of MMCA, Korea) Soojung Yi is born in Busan, Korea. She majored in Aesthetics in Seoul National University and received MFA with the thesis titled “Contemporary art and trauma : trauma and recovery in Niki de Saint Phalle via Judith Herman”. She is interested in the process the trauma and its recovery in the personal lives of the artist and the interest extended to the traumatic memory of the communities. Yi worked for Daejeon Museum of Art as a curator (media art) and worked for art center nabi( as a creative director. Art Center nabi is the most important institution which focuses on the media in the public area in Korea. There she researched with the media researchers, artists in Seoul on the rising of media façade in urban space and its interaction with the public. She joined the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art 2012 and has been working for the exhibition and projects related media arts. Her previous projects include as “The Future is Now!- New Media Collection from MMCA, Korea”(MMCA Korea, Seoul/ and travelled to MAXXI(Rome), Le Murate(Firenze), La Friche Belle de mai(Marseille) ), “Younghae Chang Heavy Industries”(2013), “Shirin Neshat”(2014), “Infinite Challenge-Women Media Pioneers in Asia” and “William Kentridge”(2015). Along with the exhibitions, YI was the curator of the multi-disciplinary arts festival, “Museum Festival: Madang” in 2016. She gave lectures on “The history of Korean New Media Art” in various institutions including Yamaguchi Center for Art and Media(Japan), Balai Seni Visual Negara(Malaysia), Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts(Taiwan), Kaoshing Normal University(Taiwan) and so on. In 2016, she attended the curator residency in Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts She is the curator of the new project for South Korea and the retrospective of “Krzysztof Wodiczko” in MMCA Korea. The show will run from July 5 to October 9.
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