UK Korean Events of the Week: 3rd – 9th June
It’s a busy week with the long anticipated Terracotta Far East Film Festival kicking off this week with a range of great films across that part of the world including some of the most popular Korean films of last year. On top of that many of the long-running exhibitions we have been featuring are coming to an end and on top of that there will be a SOAS seminar on green policies in Korea, another KCC screening and an East Asian fusion concert incorporating traditional Korean music. If any of those things catch your eye, we have listed all the details below.
The Tainted @ Gazelli Art House
It’s the final week to catch Korean artist Shan Hur and Italian artist Aron Demetz’s exhibition. The work focusses on exploring the complexity of relationship between nature and man. Hur’s sculptures and installations encourage the viewer to go on a journey of discovery through his work by placing unusual objects (such as collapsed ruins and a cracked column) into an everyday space. The artist aims to make the viewer question their own observations and perceptions and to create a space which fills the mind with curiosity. Demetz’s sculptures have a similar motive but with more focus on both the balance and unbalance between man and nature.
Until 5th June / Gazelli Art House, 39 Dover Street, Mayfair, London / Click here for details.
The Hidden Cost of Prosperity @ KCCUK
Last chance to catch this exhibition of work curated by Anna Miyoung Kim, the first of two winners selected from those who sent in curatorial proposals to the KCC earlier in the year. ‘Featuring the work of six up-and-coming Korean artists ( Youngin Hong, Heungsoon Im, Ayoung Kim, Sejin Kim, Seungwook Koh, Hyewon Kwon and Gangwoo Lee) the exhibitions looks at the hidden dark side to Korea’s rapid economic success. It will run up until the end of the first week in June.
Until 6th June / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details and to book.
Wisdom and Compassion @ MOKSPACE
It’s also the last week for this exhibition from MOKSPACE Gallery which showcases many different art pieces which explore Buddhism in the 21st Century. Featuring the work of five artists Jewoo Jeon, Sooyung Lee, Sukhi Barber, Suzanne Rees Glanister and Venerable Sulgok, the exhibition explores modern Buddhism and celebrate the birth of Buddha through a range of different mediums and themes.
Until 9th June / MOKSPACE, 33 Museum Street, London WC1A 1LH / Click here for details.
SOAS Seminar – New Songdo City and South Korea’s Green Economy: An Uncertain Future
Two lectures from Dr Gareth Dale of Brunel University and Dr Glen Kuecker of DePauw University about Souh Korea’s flagship ‘green city’ New Songdo city and the country’s environmental future. Both lectures will look at New Songdo City (one of the first of its kind in the world) and the impact that it and the rest of the county’s environmental policies might have on South Korea and whether it can be used as a model for new urban developments throughout Asia and Africa.
1st – 2nd June / SOAS, College buildings, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG / Click here for details and to book.
Chung Heesung and Je Baak @ HADA Contemporary
Amidst all the closing exhibitions, a new one is opening at HADA contemporary which will feature the photography and videography of Korean artists Chung Heesung and Je Baak. The works on display explore the limits of representation found in both art forms and ‘challenge on the idea of truth, perception and identity through rejection and acceptance of failure’. The exhibition is open until the end of July so there is plenty of time left to see it.
6th June – 28th July / Opening times: 11am-6pm / HADA Contemporary 21 Vyner street London E2 9DG / Click here for details.
KCCUK Women on Screen: Bound by Chastity
The Korean Cultural Centre is showing the third in a series of seven films which examine the changing role of women in Korean society over the past 80 years. The films shown so far have been ones which were not afraid to touch the difficult issues of the day and this one is no exception. ‘Bound By Chastity’ is based on a novel and follows the story of a young widow who is pressured into chastity by her late husband’s family but falls in love with a servant and has a son. The film, made in 1962, explores the very really struggles between modernism and traditional feudalism of the time and the role women’s rights.
22nd May 7pm / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details and to book.
Pochagi – A Tapestry of Korean Sounds @ Royal Asiatic Society
This unique concert held this week features the performances of traditional Korean flute (called taegeum) player Hyelim Kim alongside the Yin Yang Collective. The Royal Asiatic Society describe music being played at this concert as ‘traditional music of Korea in an intoxicating mixture of eastern sounds – Korean, Japanese, Chinese with a dash of tango and toe-tapping Irish folk.’ The musicians performing come from a variety of backgrounds and include instruments as diverse as the Chinese zither, the Japanese Tsugaru Shamisen, Korean drums as well as the guitar and piano.
6th June 7pm / Admission: £12-15 / Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD / Click here for details and to book.
Terracotta Far East Film Festival
One of the UK’s leading distributors of East Asian films, Terracotta Distribution kicks off it’s week long film festival this week. The festival features a wide range of films of different genres and styles from all over East and South East Asia including Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan, Indonesia and, of course, South Korea. Three Korean films are being shown this week, all of which were released in 2012 and are having their UK premiere at the festival. Each film and its trailer are listed below.
Young Guns in the Time – Friday 7th June 6.30pm
The Berlin File – Saturday 8th 7.30pm
A Werewolf Boy – Sunday 9th 3.30pm
Festival runs from 6th – 15th June / Admission: £6.50 – 8.50 / Prince Charles Cinemam 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY / Click here for more details.
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