Korean interpretation of Duchamp

meeting within {How to shape the future?} cycle accompanying  Show must go on project

  • Marcel Duchamp is a pope of Dadaism and Avant-Garde. He has significantly influenced many concepts of modern and contemporary art. Traces of his creative thinking and concepts can be found in almost every modern artistic movement around the world. Does Marcel Duchamp have a significant meaning for modern and contemporary art in South Korea? How critically is his work interpreted and how blindly reproduced?
  • After the discussion there will be a presentation of the “Roadshow film by Kim Hyoung-ju. That film is a part of long-term project insisted by Shin Nathalie boseul, curator of the “Show must go on exhibition. She invited four Korean artist to travel to Rwanda. At the starting point that expedition was planned as a project developed during travel, significant travelogue. Such concept transformed into the personal documentary, which presents work and collaboration with local communities form the artists point of view. That intrigues narration is a comment to the processes of building trust and explanation of artistic perceptions in the new cultural and environmental contexts. Project on the road started by four Korean artists become a document of crossing social and cultural barriers.

  • More about project fallow the link: http://dmzdocs.com/en/archives/program/%EB%A1%9C%EB%93%9C%EC%87%BC

  • Participants
    • Nathalie Boseul Shin
      • is chief curator of Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul. She studied philosophy at Ewha Womans University and aesthetics at Hongik University (M.A). Currently, she is a Ph.D candidate in Hongik University. Since 1997, she started her curatorial career in Korea, engaging various exhibition planning and art projects. In 2000, she began as a curator with an expertise of media art after working for art center nabi. Further, she developed her experience at Seoul International Media Art Biennale 2004, leading exhibition team as manager. She has been working at Total Museum of Contemporary Art since 2007. She curated Muntadas: Asian Protocols,  News after the News (Dan Perjovschi), Postcapical Archive: 1989-2001 (Daniel G. Andujar), Danish Video Art Exhibition Subtle Whispering, etc. Since 2010, she has been organizing various annual international projects such as Roadshow, Playground in island (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia), The show must go on, which is presented in Warsaw at the Korean Cultural Center.
    • Noh Suntag
      • works and lives in Seoul. He received his B.A. in politics from Konkuk University and studied Photographic Design at Hongik University, Graduate School of Industrial Art. The artist records contemporary Korean society in political and social context in the format of hands-on documental photography. Noh questions the meaning of the nature of a camera and a photographer. The artist approaches to the problems of Korean society not as regional-ideological conflicts, but as universal struggles of human. suntag.net
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    • Jarosław Lubiak
      • is an artistic director at Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Poland. He also teaches at Art College in Szczecin. In his work as a curator and art critic he focuses on crossings between contemporary art, philosophy and social sphere, aesthetics and politics, art institution and political economy. He recently curated Slavs and Tatars: Mouth to Mouth, Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw in 2016-2017;  The State of Life: Polish Contemporary Art within the Global Context in National Art Museum of China, Beijing in 2015. He was a member of a curatorial team of Europe (to the power of) n (2012-2013)the project led by Goethe Institute, London and co-realized by ten partners in Europe and China and of Scenarios about Europe (2011-2012)the project realized by ten partners from Europe and China in  Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig, Germany. He also curated with Małgorzata Ludwisiak Correspondances: Modern art and Universalism juxtaposing and interweaving the collections of the Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz and of the Hermann and Magrit Rupf Foundation/Kunstmuseum, Bern in 2012. The books he recently edited include: The State of Life. Polish Contemporary Art within the Global Context (Beijing: National Art Museum of China, Peoples Fine Art Publishing House, 2015), Unleashed Forces: Angelika Markul and Contemporary Demonism (Łódź: Muzeum Sztuki, 2013); Correspondances: Modern art and Universalism, with Małgorzata Ludwisiak (Łódź: Muzeum Sztuki, 2012); The Afterimages of Life: Władysław Strzemiński and the Rights for Art (Łódź: Muzeum Sztuki, 2012).
    • Moderation
      • Konrad Schiller
  • The series of lectures treat the exhibition The Show Must Go On as a starting point for a broader reflection on aspects of culture and social life in South Korea which are still a niche in Poland.

  • The curatorial concept of creating the miniature shows in the area of a box or a suitcase is a direct reference to the significant gesture of Marcel Duchamp. Such a gesture pointed that ideas of avant-garde art circulated globally and they are interpreted outside of the western hemisphere. A reference to the European tradition of the avant-garde raises a question regarding permeation and moulding of modernization processes in South Korea. Hence, the series of lectures will address the issues of significant moments in the development of modern and contemporary artistic and visual culture in that country. There will be questions asked about the sources of Korean modernity and whether they are subject to a critical re-thinking in contemporary culture. Themes concerning the development of cultural identity in South Korea will also be engaged along with the ongoing modernization processes happening there. Last but not least, the participants of the lectures will speculate if it is possible to predict how the cultural identity will develop in the near future.

  • Curator

    • Konrad Schiller