If you haven’t been to Hanmi Gallery to see Jeehee Park’s Elephant in the Room, it could well be that you are too late. Although the exhibition is due to close on 3 August, the nature of the work is not ideally suited to the hottest days of the year. The main installation in the […]

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The Bristol Old Vic graduates come to London

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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If you’re free this Thursday lunchtime, come along to the Tristan Bates Theatre in near Cambridge Circus to support the MA graduates from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School performing in their London showcase. Among their ranks is South Korean actor Mina Kweon. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is an affiliate of the Conservatoire for […]

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Meekyoung Shin’s Cabinet of Curiosities in Lincolnshire

by Philip Gowman 25 July 2014
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Bridging the gap between craft and conceptual art, Meekyoung Shin’s exquisitely crafted work is equally popular with critics and the public. Her new exhibition at the National Centre for Craft and Design opens on Saturday: Meekyoung Shin’s Cabinet of Curiosities 26 July – 2 November 2014 The Artist London and Seoul-based Korean artist Meekyoung Shin […]

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Artist Talk: THINK !N ART: What is Artistic Research?

by Philip Gowman 22 July 2014
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You’re reminded that there is an artist talk to go with the current KCCUK exhibition on Thursday 31 July – a great opportunity to meet the philosopher who inspired the exhibition with his ideas. THINK !N ART: What is Artistic Research? Date: July 31 at 6pm, 2014 Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, Korean Cultural Centre UK Speakers: […]

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Exhibition visit: MFA Degree show at Goldsmiths

by Philip Gowman 21 July 2014
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It’s not always easy to get to the degree shows of the various art colleges, but I managed to sneak away from work one lunchtime and pop down to New Cross Gate to take a few installation shots at the Goldsmiths MFA 2014 degree show. Four Korean artists were showing, and I was lucky enough […]

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Dance videos, tasteless films and hair promotions – different ways to annoy the DPRK authorities

by Philip Gowman 19 July 2014
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It’s not just the Americans and the Brits who annoy the North Korean establishment with their irreverant lèse-majesté. Now the Chinese are doing it too. So far the video has been left online: And a reminder of the two other things that recently got the DPRK establishment annoyed: an upcoming American comedy film, and a […]

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Mun Ik-jeom: dutiful son and smuggler of cotton seeds

by Philip Gowman 18 July 2014
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Mun Ik jeom (문익점, 文益漸) was a rare individual who was honoured by the kings of two royal dynasties, first by King U of Goryeo and second by the great Joseon King Sejong. The honour received from Sejong was posthumous, and was in recognition of what started, in modern day terms, as industrial espionage. And […]

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Bongsu Park – Keita Miyazaki: Sound & Vision, at Rosenfeld Porcini

by Philip Gowman 17 July 2014
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Having hosted a live performance of some of Bongsu Park’s works earlier this year, Rosenfeld Porcini are presenting a joint exhibition of Park with Japanese artist Keita Miyazaki. Included in the show will be a video of CELL which features three dancers. Bongsu Park – Keita Miyazaki: Sound & Vision 25 July – 30 September […]

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Jasmine Choi premieres Songbird’s Journey – a flute concerto composed for her

by Philip Gowman 15 July 2014
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LKL has always been a fan of Jasmine Choi (최나경) – and not just because she was our first interview with a classical musician, over 5 years ago. She had an excellent Wigmore debut, has released four solo CDs and recorded her fifth last month. She has now had a new flute concerto composed for […]

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Brush, a show from the Edinburgh Fringe, comes to the KCC

by Philip Gowman 14 July 2014
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As I was planning my trip to the Fringe this year there was a problematic clash between two shows, both of which I wanted to attend. One of them was Brush. My trip to Edinburgh is now a lot easier, because I can catch Brush in London instead: Brush Ahead of their performance at the […]

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Exhibition visit: Kwon Soonhak at UNION Gallery

by Philip Gowman 13 July 2014
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This is an exhibition whose accompanying essay says it all. So often the blurb which goes with an exhibition is incomprehensible. Union has done it exactly right with this particular essay. The altarpiece which is the subject of the work Ecce Homo is from All Souls Langham Place, where the artist sings in the choir. […]

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Seung-Taek Lee solo exhibition at Mot International

by Philip Gowman 13 July 2014
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I’m glad I’m not alone in not having heard of Seung Taek Lee before. The press release says “this exhibition … presents works of an artist who is currently being re-evaluated by the international art scene as arguably one of the most radical and experimental artists in the East Asia region in the 20th century,” […]

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Film Screenings and an artist talk linked to the current KCC exhibition

by Philip Gowman 12 July 2014
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Supporting the current exhibition Measuring Inventing Temperature at the KCC, there will be two imaginative film screenings this month. The second of the screenings will be preceded by an artist talk with the Cambridge philosopher, Hasok Chang, who inspired the exhibition. Note that the screenings start at 7:30 rather than the more usual 7:00. Special […]

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Cho Young-wuk is the third of the KCC’s film professionals

by Philip Gowman 10 July 2014
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The Year of the Film Professionals turns to focus on music director Jo Young-wook / Cho Young-wuk, who according to Hancinema has a pretty impressive roster of films to his credit. Here’s the schedule for the quarter. Registration as always is required via the KCCUK website. The Contact (접속) Director: Jang Yoon-hyun (1997) Cast: Han […]

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Artist Talk – Re-interpreting Shakespeare’s Hamlet

by Philip Gowman 9 July 2014
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This is the third talk presented in connection with the Seoul in the City strand of this year’s City of London Festival. And check this link to find out about an offer of free tickets to Yohangza Theatre Company’s production of Hamlet this Saturday. Beyond Borders: Re-interpreting Shakespeare’s Hamlet Monday 14 July 2014, 19:00 to […]

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Jeehee Park: Elephant in the Room, at Hanmi Gallery

by Philip Gowman 8 July 2014
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News of Hanmi Gallery’s 36th interim exhibition: Jeehee Park: Elephant in the Room 18 July – 3 August 2014 12 – 6pm every day Hanmi Gallery | 30 Maple Street | London | W1T 6HA | 020 7436 9717 www.hanmigallery.co.uk Hanmi Gallery is pleased to present Elephant in the Room — an exhibition of multi-sensory […]

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“Jazz” in the DPRK: Autumn Whispers and the forbidden fruit of Richard Clayderman

by Philip Gowman 7 July 2014
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I’ve just finished reading Jang Jin-sung’s memoir, Dear Leader. It’s a real page-turner that will appeal to many types of readers, including people who like a good adventure story (the passages describing Jang’s evasion of Chinese and North Korean security forces once he has fled from the North Korean capital are genuinely exciting) and of […]

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