Philip Gowman

Here’s the full schedule of the London Korean Film Festival 2014 for you to optimise your viewing pleasure. Full details will soon be up on the festival’s official website, www.koreanfilm.co.uk. And the tickets will be on sale at the relevant Odeon websites: Odeon West End | Odeon Covent Garden | Odeon Kingston. The 9th London […]

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John Stark: Witchcraft & Warfare, at Charlie Smith Gallery

by Philip Gowman 22 October 2014
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British artist John Stark has recently returned from Korea. His current exhibition at Charlie Smith Gallery includes some of his paintings from Korea, where he travelled extensively, in particular in Yeongyang County, Gyeongsangbuk-do, home of Ilwol san (“The Haunted Mountain”), said to be the final stronghold of Shamanism. John Stark: Witchcraft & Warfare Friday 10 […]

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Yoshi Sushi: “Glorious”

by Philip Gowman 19 October 2014
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The Telegraph this weekend has a nice write-up of my local Korean restaurant, Yoshi Sushi in King Street, Hammersmith. (Ravenscourt Park tube). My favourite K-food joint in a London postcode apart from the Old Justice (though I’m hoping to add a third to the list when Judy Joo’s place opens next month). Links: www.yoshisushi.co.uk (photo: […]

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Seduced by Yi Seong-gye: the first volumes in the Sillok are translated

by Philip Gowman 18 October 2014
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The Annals of King T’aejo, Found of Korea’s Choson Dynasty Translated and annotated by Choi Byonghyon Harvard University Press, 2014, 1,028 pp I wandered into the University bookshop last night for a browse. I’d just been to see Andrew Killick talk about Hwang Byungki at SOAS, and thought I might try to pick up his […]

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Minjung Baek in recitals at St Mary’s Perivale and LSE

by Philip Gowman 18 October 2014
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Pianist Minjung Baek has two recitals coming up: at St Mary’s Perivale on Wednesday 29th October and at the LSE on 13 November. More details below: St Mary’s Perivale Wednesday 29th October, 7.30 pm Perivale Lane, Perivale, Middlesex, UB6 8SS [Map] Programme Scarlatti : Two sonatas Chopin : Polonaise-Fantasie Op.61 Rachmaninov : Etude-Tableau in C […]

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Ryu Seonghie is the last of the KCC’s film professionals

by Philip Gowman 18 October 2014
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The KCC brings their Year of the Film Professionals to an end with a focus on art director and production designer Ryu Seong-hie, who has worked on some of the top Korean movies of this century. The Year of the Film Professionals: Ryu Seonghie — Production Designer October – December 2014 One of the longest […]

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So now you can buy posh soju at Fortnums

by Philip Gowman 15 October 2014
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LKL’s soju of choice is 좋은데이, distilled in Sancheong County using the pure waters from Jirisan Mountain. You can’t get it in London as far as I’m aware, and it’s pretty hard to find in Seoul, the two most familiar brands being 참이슬 and 처음처럼. All these are entry-level brands, and the latter two are […]

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Jump returns to the Peacock

by Philip Gowman 14 October 2014
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There was a time when Ye Gam Theatre were coming to London once a year to do their outstanding production, Jump. They’ve had a break of a year or two, and now it’s time to welcome them back: Jump — Ye Gam Theatre Peacock Theatre Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2A 2HT 28 Oct – 15 Nov […]

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The London Mansudae exhibition – the Kickstarter project

by Philip Gowman 13 October 2014
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A few weeks ago LKL broke the news of an upcoming exhibition of North Korean art in London later this yeaar. The exhibition is getting closer – and a venue in W1 has been earmarked. You can be part of the event by supporting the Kickstarter project launched by the exhibition organiser, David Heather. Here’s […]

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Gallery visit: Yun Sungfeel at Hanmi Gallery

by Philip Gowman 12 October 2014
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Here are a few installation shots of Yun Sungfeel’s current exhibition, Fields of Immersion, which closed on Friday. Working from the top down, a couple from his Chaos, Cosmos and Circulation series on the second floor – iron filings and glue. Next, his Energy series of metal sculptures, which were installed on the first floor: […]

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Seven ways in which Hill of Freedom is different from other Hong Sang-soo films

by Philip Gowman 11 October 2014
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… and some ways in which it isn’t. Hill of Freedom (자유의 언덕) is Hong Sang-soo’s 16th feature, and could not have been made by anyother director. The awkwardness of human interaction and conversation, the bonding over alcohol, the fragmentation of the narrative, the aim to rekindle lost love – all are common features of […]

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Korea Chronicles – the video of the opening performance

by Philip Gowman 11 October 2014
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Here is a video of the opening performance of the Korea Chronicles residency at the KCC, by Jason Verney of Native Nomad Pictures. The performance was on 12 August 2014. As Jason comments: This film features the performances and concert in its entirety, along with added extras – the preparation beforehand, the artwork associated with […]

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Concert review: Ensemble Sinawi at the City of London Festival

by Philip Gowman 10 October 2014
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How can you adequately describe a gig which touched the highs and lows of human emotion? There were times when the melody sung by the voice or ajaeng had a searing, heart rending intensity which brought a lump to the throat and tears to the eye; and then in the next piece the toes would […]

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Sulki Yu: Keys & Coffee at The Forge, Camden, 12 October

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2014
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Notice of a violin recital this coming Sunday morning in Camden: Keys & Coffee – Sulki Yu The Forge | 3-7 Delancey Street | Camden | London NW1 7NL | www.forgevenue.org Sunday, 12 October, 11am Tea and coffee will be served in the glazed courtyard from 10.30am. Book tickets A special performance at The Forge […]

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Two simultaneous talks on North Korea in Oxford and London, 14 October

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2014
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Rather last-minute notice of a talk on sources on contemporary North Korea. Note that the seminar is in SOAS’s Vernon Square campus. How do we know what we think we know about North Korea? The use of records from the archives of Pyongyang’s former communist allies to challenge the received wisdom. Date: 14 October 2014, […]

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Lee Bul curator talk – 20 October

by Philip Gowman 8 October 2014
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A welcome opportunity to hear Lee Bul’s two current exhibitions discussed by the experts. Maybe it will help me write a review. Lee Bul: The Curators’ Talk October 20 (Mon), 7pm Mami Kataoka (Chief Curator, Mori Museum, Tokyo) Jonathan Watkins (Director, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham) Sook-Kyung Lee (Curator, Tate Research Centre) Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK […]

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A workshop on Korean cuisine in central London

by Philip Gowman 8 October 2014
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The Korea Cultural Centre will be hosting a Korean Cuisine workshop with Westminster Kingsway College for 8 days from 20th October to introduce Korean food to the UK. As part of this project, they will provide an opportunity to take part in two 2-days courses (27-28 and 29-30 October) to anyone interested in Korean foods. […]

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