SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016 reveals its title as “NERIRI KIRURU HARARA”, and its preliminary list of participating artists.
The SeMA Biennale 2016 will see the participation of around 50 artists, whose works will engage with the uncharted languages of the future as well as the lost past and present.
Opening on 31 August 2016 and running until 20 November, the ninth edition of SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul is themed “NERIRI KIRURU HARARA”, a title derived from a line of the poem Two Billion Light Years of Solitude by Japanese poet Shuntaro Tanikawa, which verbalises the imaginary language of Martians. The Biennale seeks to “gesture the uncharted languages of the future, or even, of the lost past and present”.
Curated by Beck Jee-Sook, the 2016 Biennale sets out to seek answers and a variety of approaches to questions such as:
how to formulate individual and common expectations out of unsought-for inheritances, be it war, disaster, poverty or displacement; how to generate as many versions of futures as possible and imagine plots of radical discontinuity, within the context of South Korea that is marooned in a peninsula-cum-island; and finally, how to enable time-slip into these futures through the language of art and the capabilities of media.
Beck Jee-sook was previously Artistic Director of “Public Story”, the 4th Anyang Public Art Project (APAP) from 2013 to 2014. She was Artistic Director of Atelier Hermès (2011–14), Director of the Arts Council Korea (ARKO) Art Center, and Project Director of Insa Art Space (2005–08). She served as Curator of Insa Art Space and Chief Curator of the Marronnier Art Center from 2000 to 2004. In 2002, she organised the international symposium on alternative spaces titled “Memory of Cities, History of Spaces”.
SeMA Biennale 2016 artists
The Biennale will invite around 50 artists, 29 of which have just been announced in a preliminary list, which includes among others:
- Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme
- Taeyoon Choi
- Ahmad Ghossein
- Yang Ah Ham
- Hong Seung-Hye
- Sylbee Kim
- Christine Sun Kim
- Kim Heecheon
SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul
SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul shares the “post-museum” vision of Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) and is a recurring international survey of contemporary art that focuses on media art and other art forms that pertain to the concept of media. Founded in 2000, Mediacity Seoul reflects the city of Seoul as a centre of media art and technology, and has expanded the identity of Seoul Museum of Art. The Biennale functions as a catalyst for creating momentums for art, media and technology as well as promoting local artists while encouraging international conversations and incubating a wider constituency for art and culture.
During the making of its ninth edition, the Biennale will present a series of magazines, and will share the development progress of exhibitions and works as well as its preliminary programmes through its dedicated website, which will mirror its Facebook page by reconfiguring its timeline.
Four publications and two summer camps will function as extensions and amplifications to the exhibition. The pre-biennial publication series of Mediacity Seoul 2016 CouldBe will publish four independent issues between March and August, each devised from different perspectives of the invited editors. Artist Yang Ah Ham’s summer camp The Village houses a temporary community of art educators, exploring alternative approaches to creative learning, while artist Taeyoon Choi will organise the Uncertainty School, focusing on unlearning the idea of disability and on embracing uncertainty and difference.
In addition, a group of young Korean artists and the curatorial team will post online their web documents of their research and production for Mediacity Seoul 2016. These bookmarks will become “immediate motivations” for the works and exhibition, or “impressions that evaporate, or even random memories”.
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