From September 11th until November 4th.
I will be attending the opening in Seoul, hope to see you there!
Since 2000, the ‘Seoul International Media Art Biennale’, also known as ‘Mediacity’ has been hosting the event every two years. So far, Mediacity has been introducing new and exciting interdisciplinary practices of media art, drawing on influences of contemporary science, philosophy, and new technology. Now reaching the 7th edition, the biennale aims to show a multitude of interests that captivates the world of contemporary media art today. During the past twelve years, the biennale explored wide-ranging themes including: City: between 0 and 1 (2000) which embraced new promising possibilities of digital media and network while envisioning a new future for the city. In 2002, Lunar’s Flowaimed to disentangle the relation between digital art and the aesthetics of the sublime, and in 2004, Digital Homo Ludens (2004) offered numerous interpretations and revelations about the concept of game and play that stems from online digital interface. Dual Realities in (2006) explored the interrelation between illusion and reality; Turn and Widen (2008) focused on the development of new media, offering a new critical perspective of tensions between traditional and digital media. And most recently, Trust (2010) investigated ways in which media impacts our everyday lives in a broader social-political context.
The 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale will open from 11thSeptember ~ 4th November 2012. The theme of this year’s biennale is ‘Spell On You’. This proposes to imagine a vision for a new world and society in two ways. On the one hand, it will show how the recent production of new technology and social media is generating various renewals in social communication and exchange. On the other hand, it aims to reinterpret art and technology in an attempt to re-envision our future, and find alternative ways of living. Against this background, this exhibition will highlight the notion of a ‘Spell’ to convey active and direct modes of communication. It is hope that ‘Mediacity’ can bring an illuminating insight into the current dynamic shifts in contemporary art and technology.
‘Spell On You’ brings together works by approximately fifty artists from all over the world. Jinsang Yoo is the artistic director of the 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, and he will be joined by three renowned curators of contemporary media art; Yukiko Shikata (Independent curator based in Tokyo), Olof van Winden (Director of Netherlands Media Art Institute, NIMk), and Dooeun Choi (Co-curator of The Zero1 festival at San Jose).