10th Seoul Mediacity Biennale

6 September - 18 November 2018
Opening: 5 September 2018

Curatorial team: Nam Soo Kim, Jang Un Kim, Kyung Yong Lim, Daul Jang, Hyo-Joon Choi, and Gibin Hong.

Introduction: Seoul Mediacity Biennale 2018

Celebrating its 10th edition this year, Seoul Mediacity Biennale (originally known as SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul) will be held for 74 days from Thursday, September 6, 2018 to Sunday, November, 18, 2018. Hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and organized by SeMA, Seoul Mediacity Biennale is the major art event in Seoul, with a focus on various forms of art that reflect the city’s regional characteristics and expand the concept of media. In this year’s Biennale, SeMA is shifting its structure from the appointed directorship on each edition to a collective curatorship in collaboration with the museum's curatorial department. The "Collectives," who are experts from diverse fields of arts and science in Korea are invited in the hope of creating an art biennale that is a multiple intellectual platform, and that rebrands itself as a cultural destination. By promoting exchanges and communication among various fields including art, economics, environment, politics, social science, etc., the event aims to open up new opportunities for change within the society and increase public access to art and culture.

The “Collective”

The Collective is creating a venture of biennale experiment, by taking its close cooperation and ongoing discussion among its members, as the process itself to engage with the public in the future. The following six members of the Collective were selected on the basis of recommendations of the Seoul Museum of Art and decisions made by the selection committee: Nam Soo Kim, Dance Critic; Jang Un Kim, Independent Curator; Kyung Yong Lim, Director of The Book Society; Daul Jang, Climate & Energy Team Leader of Greenpeace; Hyo-Joon Choi, Director of Seoul Museum of Art; and Gibin Hong, Director of Global Political Economy Institute.

The Seoul Mediacity Biennale Collective was established to promote an active collaboration among researchers and planners of various fields, and thereby share their expertise and expand their network. With this structure, the Biennale strives to address a fundamental question: What new values must humanity foster amid the anxiety and uncertainty that pervade today’s society? The event also strives to determine the social role and function of art not as an exclusive property of a specific minority, but as a medium for communication based on the exchanges and the consilience of contemporary art. Accordingly, Seoul Mediacity Biennale aims to re-interpret contemporary life through multidisciplinary collaboration and identify creative and future-oriented alternative values presented by various individuals and groups, with regard to the theme, “Noch Nicht (Not yet), but already noticeable.”

(From press information)

Organizer, contact:
Seoul Mediacity Biennale
61 Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu
Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA)
04515 Seoul
South Korea
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