As trailed during the London Korean Film Festival 2014, Park Chan-kyong will be having his first UK solo show at Iniva from the middle of January 2015. His work will be presented alongside that of Swedish artist Lina Selander. Park Chan-kyong: Pa-Gyong – Last Sutra Recitation Curated by Binna Choi Iniva (Institute of International Visual […]

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Hongjung Park: Voice of Spring & Autumn, at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 15 December 2014
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News of December’s exhibition at Mokspace: Hongjung Park: Voice of Spring & Autumn Mokspace | 33 Museum Street | Bloomsbury | London WC1A 1LH | www.mokspace.com 14th December 2014 – 10th January 2015 Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm MOKSPACE is delighted to host Voice of Spring & Autumn, a solo exhibition by Korean artist […]

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Festival Film Review: This Road Called Life

by Philip Gowman 15 December 2014
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Following on from the success of their feature-length animation Green Days, Studio MWP worked with Korean TV broadcaster EBS to produce a trio of short films which adapt three familiar short stories which are studied by most Koreans in high school: Yi Hyo-seok’s Buckwheat Season, Kim Yu-jeong’s Spring, Spring, and A Lucky Day by Hyun […]

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Bada Song: This Way & That, at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 11 December 2014
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News of a show by Bada Song this month at Asia House: Bada Song: This Way & That Asia House | 63 New Cavendish St | London W1G 7LP | http://asiahouse.org 16 – 19 December 2014 09.00 – 18.00 Opening reception (registration required) 16 December 18:30 – 20:30 London-based Korean artist Bada Song creates minimal […]

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Korean War Memorial unveiled in London

by Philip Gowman 11 December 2014
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The South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se had a busy Wednesday last week as part of a three-day visit to the UK. According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release, top of the agenda was the first annual Strategic Dialogue meeting between the two countries agreed during President Park’s state visit last year. The […]

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Book review: Lee Jung-myung — The Investigation

by Philip Gowman 10 December 2014
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Lee Jung-myung: The Investigation Translated by Kim Chi-young Mantle, 2014, 288pp The central character in The Investigation is a real historical figure: Yun Dong-ju, a poet who had the misfortune to live in the Japanese colonial period. There can be few worse fates for a poet than to be prohibited from writing in his native […]

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Book review: Haïlji — The Republic of Užupis

by Philip Gowman 8 December 2014
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Haïlji: The Republic of Užupis Translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton Dalkey Archive 2014. 160pp Originally published as 우주피스 공화국, Minumsa, 2009. Imagine what Haruki Murakami might come up with in a collaboration with David Lynch, after watching a few monster-free episodes of Doctor Who, and you might get an inkling of what to expect […]

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Two Dalkey titles in the running for international literary award

by Philip Gowman 6 December 2014
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There’s tough competition, and a longlist of 140 other books including one by JK Rowling, but two Dalkey Archive titles are in the running for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. According to the award’s website: Nominations are made by libraries in capital and major cities throughout the world. Participating libraries can nominate up […]

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Ham Jin: Somewhere Underneath, at HADA Contemporary

by Philip Gowman 4 December 2014
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News of HADA Contemporary’s winter show, which takes us through into the New Year. Ham Jin: Somewhere Underneath HADA Contemporary | 21 Vyner Street | London E2 9DG | www.hadacontemporary.com 4 December 2014 – 31 January 2015 Wed – Fri: 11am – 6pm | Sat – Sun: 11am – 4pm | Closed 22 Dec 2014 […]

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December events 2014

by Philip Gowman 4 December 2014
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The focus on North Korea continues into this month, with North Korea Freedom Week commencing 8 December. Talks and seminars 1. North Korea and the Korean peninsula Chatham House hosts a half day conference on Security on the Korean Peninsula on 3 Dec The Daiwa Foundation hosts a session on Dealing with North Korea on […]

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Book review: Kim Joo-young — Stingray

by Philip Gowman 1 December 2014
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Kim Joo-young: Stingray Dalkey Archive 2013, 124pp Translated by Inrae You Vinciguerra and Louis Vinciguerra. Originally published as 홍어, Munidang, Seoul, 1998 Stingray has the accolade of being allocated #1 in Dalkey Archive‘s set of 10 Korean novels translated into English. It happens to be the third I’ve picked up. The first two were real […]

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Book review: The Birth of Korean Cool

by Philip Gowman 28 November 2014
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Euny Hong: The Birth of Korean Cool How one nation is conquering the world through pop culture Simon & Schuster UK, 2014, 267pp Euny Hong’s first non-fiction book (we loved her novel) is in turn infuriating, entertaining and informative. Let’s get the infuriating bits done with first. In her approach to Romanization she is cavalier, […]

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Taste of Korea promotion runs in over 60 Tesco stores

by Philip Gowman 25 November 2014
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Experiment with Korean ingredients at Tesco for the next week or so. Taste of Korea is an annual event for promoting great Korean foods to UK and European markets, which is supported by the South Korean Embassy in the UK and by Korean food distributors and vendors such as Hankook Foods and CJ. The event […]

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LKFF 2014: the conversations

by Philip Gowman 23 November 2014
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The London Korean Film Festival is not just about getting acquainted with the latest in Korean movies. It is also an opportunity to meet some of the people behind those movies – actors, directors and producers. Opportunities for engaging with these film professionals vary: for an ever-growing group of aficionados there is the offer of round-table […]

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Kyung Wha Chung returns with UK recitals and 20-disk retrospective

by Philip Gowman 18 November 2014
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Kyung Wha Chung returns to the concert platform in the UK this month for the first time in over a decade, with sonata performances in Liverpool (22 November), Perth (27 November) and London (2 December). Simultaneously a boxed set of all her Decca recordings (together with a couple from the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue) is being […]

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Festival Film Review: Hwajang / Revivre

by Philip Gowman 17 November 2014
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Well, I was right. Ahn Sung-ki confessed in the Q+A which followed the screening of Hwajang that one of his most difficult tasks in portraying Oh Sang-moo, a senior executive in a cosmetics company, was to project certain aspects of being old – of being blocked inside because of the swollen prostate, of being more […]

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Festival film review: Bitter, Sweet, Seoul

by Philip Gowman 16 November 2014
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Bitter, Sweet, Seoul is an ambitious crowd-sourced project in which people from around the world were invited by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to submit videos which would be made into feature length film. Directors (and brothers) Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong (collectively PARKing CHANce) were commissioned to organise the submissions, attracted to the project by […]

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