Philip Gowman

This year’s Korean Artists Association residency at the KCC runs from 12 – 30 August this year. It’s nice that they’ve got nearly two weeks this time – fully deserved on the basis of the quality of past residencies. The opening evening – for which registration is essential (via koreanartuk@gmail.com) – this time contains a […]

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The experience of North Koreans in New Malden

by Philip Gowman 30 July 2014
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A panel session about the experiences of North Korean defectors in New Malden is at first sight a strange event to promote as part of an arts festival. But the 7th New Malden Arts Festival overlaps with Malden Fortnight, a celebration of New Malden’s varied community, of which Koreans are of course a significant part. […]

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Jaeho Park: Obsession, at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 29 July 2014
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New’s of the latest exhibition at Mokspace: Jaeho Park: Obsession 29th July – 9th August 2014 Mokspace | 33 Museum Street | London | WC1A 1LH | www.mokspace.com Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm | Sunday by appointment. MOKSPACE warmly invites you to indulge in ‘Obsession,’ an exposition by Korean artist and photographer Jaeho Park. […]

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Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Brush – a charming piece of theatre for children

by Philip Gowman 29 July 2014
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Last year at the Fringe we had Climb a Willow to the Sea God’s Palace, a lovely 45-minute performance from Kkumdongi Puppet Theatre telling a Korean fable using puppetry and painting geared towards a younger audience. This year for the younger festival-goers we will have Theatre Haddangse performing Brush. The company gave a special preview […]

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Shin Meekyoung’s Plinth Project, two years on

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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Almost exactly two years ago – on 23 July 2012 – Shin Meekyoung’s equestrian statue of the Duke of Cumberland was hoisted into position in Cavendish Square. I happened to be in the area on 24 July 2014 so I paid a visit. The soap from which the statue is made has shown itself to […]

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The Doctor Who roadshow comes to Seoul

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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In connection with a publicity screening of episode 1 of series 8 in Seoul on 9 August, the Beeb is running a little promotional campaign involving the Tardis. Here’s a sample of the photos from the hashtag #tardisinseoul. You can also try the hashtag #타디스인서울 or #닥터후. Download your own tardis here to cut out […]

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Gangnam’s Sherlock-themed cafe

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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Check out Giacomo Lee’s post about a Sherlock-themed coffee shop in Gangnam called 221B. You can even order an Eggs Benedict to go with your Sherlock Coffee. Great attention to detail. Link: Gangnam’s Sherlock Themed Cafe, Medium.com, 4 July

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Exhibition visit: Jeehee Park — Elephant in the Room, at Hanmi Gallery

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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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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Latest UNESCO listings break the stereotypes

by Philip Gowman 19 July 2014
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A famine-ridden state that spends all its money on its army and its nukes; and a country that builds a green city and restores its rivers… Those are the stereotypes. Yet it’s the North that has just had a biosphere reserve registered at UNESCO, while the South’s latest registration is an impressive piece of military […]

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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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British Council signs MOU with DPRK Cultural Committee

by Philip Gowman 17 July 2014
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As trailed at the launch of the current photographic exhibition at the British Council, a memorandum of understanding has now been signed between the Council and the DPRK’s Cultural Committee. Not quite the ministerial level MOU that is in place between the UK and the ROK, but still a significant step. British Council forges new […]

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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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