Streaming Museum presents Cross-Korea: Come Join Us, Mr. Orwell!
Korean Moving Image from the 1930s to 2009 August 7 - October 25, 2009 in collaboration with Art Center Nabi, Nam June Paik Art Center and Korean Film Archive
The exhibition commemorates the opening of Tomorrow City, Incheon, Korea – Asia's first digital city
Cross-Korea Part 1
Programming: Korean Film Archives
Film and City: Seoul landscape, from Kyungsung to Seoul
City and film are one of the most fascinating inventions that have been in close relationship since the beginning. Unlike Western Europe, Chosun invented its city and film under an oppressed atmosphere called ‘colonization.' There have been many Korean films with Seoul as their background, but it was rare to have Seoul as the subject matter. Seoul started to be introduced as an important set in films after the Korean War. However, it was from the colonization period that Seoul started to form itself as a city. The films from this time contain the slowly changing landscape of the modern city, Kyungsung, and the various reactions of Chosun people as the Japanese and European influence emerge in. The purpose of this exhibition is to illustrate the traces of both the fascination and resistance against the modern period portrayed in the Korean films that were produced during the 1930s to 1950s when colonization and war existed.
Korean Film Archives Korean Film Archives is the only institution in Korea that nationally collects, preserves, and utilizes our valuable cultural heritage films. It was built in 1974 and became the public institution as Ministry of Culture and Tourism to provide cultural mountain and river services in 2002. Korean Film Archives is currently working hard to forever preserve our cultural heritage films under the right circumstances. They are not only doing their proper job as an archive, but also providing a film library of up-to-date multimedia, a cinematech movie screen, and Korean film museum to create a place ‘where every movie in the world exists.'
<The Crossroad of youth (Ahn Jong-hwa, 1934)
< Sweet Dream (Lullaby of Death) (Yang Joo-nam , 1936)
< Military Train (Seo Gwang-jae, 1938)
< Angels on the Streets (Choi In-kyu, 1941)
< Spring of Korean Peninsula (Lee Byeong-il, 1941)
< Dear Soldier (Pang Han-jun, 1941)
< Straits of Chosun (Park Ki-chae, 1943)
< The Hand of Destiny (Han Hyung-mo, 1954)
< Hyperbolae of Youth (Han Hyung-mo, 1956)
< Madame Freedom (Han Hyung-mo, 1956)
< Holiday in Seoul (Lee Yong-min, 1956)
Cross-Korea Part 2
Programming: Nam June Paik Art Center
Nam June Paik, the world's most renowned video artist, was also an extremely important performance artist. The video pieces he created with the video synthesizer, a machine he invented to juxtapose and manipulate images, always included elements of performance such as featuring many important artists of his time like David Bowie, Joseph Beuys, Merce Cunningham, and Charlotte Moorman. Electronic Performance is a compilation of extracts of these exciting works.
Nam June Paik (born 1932 in Seoul, died 2007 in Miami) was one of the most important artists of the 20th century. A trained composer, he started as a performance artist and later initiated TV art, Video art, Satellite art and Laser art. Honored with the most important awards in the world, he lived most of his life in New York.
Nam June Paik Art Center
The Nam June Paik Art Center is located in Yongin, a city on the outskirts of Seoul. It is supported by the Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation and Gyeonggi Province. The center was discussed with Nam June Paik and is under development since 2001. The NJP Art Center opened its permanent building in April 2008. Under the current director, Young Chul Lee, it aspires to reactivate the experimental and interventionist spirit of 20th century and contemporary art practices in order to become a locus where aesthetic, political and social potentialities contribute to questioning and redefining the relationships between art, philosophy, media and life.
List of works
<Nam June Paik at FLUXUS Festspiele Neuster Musik, 1962
<Marshall McLuhan in Suite 212, 1977
<Pamela Susa and Ken Armstrong in Global Groove, 1973
<Wolfgang Ramsbott films Nam June Paik, 1962
<Nam June Paik in The Medium is the Medium, 1969
<Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlowsky in Allan, n' Allen's Complaint, 1982
<Charlotte Moorman in A Tribute to John Cage, 1972
<Merce Cunningham in Merce by Merce by Paik, 1975
<Nam June Paik and Charlotte Moorman in Guadalcanal Requiem, 1977
<Joseph Beuys and Nam June Paik in Coyote III, Piano Duet, 1984
<David Bowie and La La La Human Steps in Wrap Around the World, 1988
<Allan Kaprow in Allan, n' Allen's Complaint, 1982
<Allen Ginsberg in Good Morning Mr. Orwell, 1984
Cross-Korea Part 3
Programming: Art Center Nabi
Since its opening in 2000, Art Center Nabi has actively promoted new media arts in Korea. Exploring new possibilities of creation, education and exhibition of media arts, Art Center Nabi has been in the forefront of the convergence of art and media technologies of our time. Art Center Nabi aims to devise new and effective ways to disseminate media arts to the public at large. Balancing creativity with critical perspectives, we seek to contribute to the humanity and diversity of techno-culture today.
List of works
<Cradle Song-bluefish by Kim Joon (Korea) 2009 3D animation
<Expression / Text Abstract / Conversation / Men in Suit by Hansel Huh (korea) 2008, typography
<Aesthetica 003 by Joo Myoung Song (Korea) 2009, motion graphic film
<From right to left by Keryoon Han (Korea) 2009, video art