Philip Gowman

The upcoming exhibition at the KCC is by Yeji Kim, winner of the KCC’s 2017 Open Call: Yeji Kim: Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things A series of paintings which explore a sense of the virtual world, inspired by the flatness of images found on social media platforms. 27 February – 18 March 2017 Korean […]

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The advance of Korea’s longevity

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2017
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According to a study by Imperial College London and the World Health Organisation, “average life expectancy is set to increase in many countries by 2030 – and will exceed 90 years in South Korea.” The press release accompanying the report revealed: The five countries with the highest life expectancy at birth for men in 2030 were: […]

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Event news: Deborah Smith on translating Bae Suah

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2017
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Deborah Smith’s latest Bae Suah translation, Recitation, is now available in bookshops. This month you have the opportunity to hear some of the challenges of translating it, courtesy of SOAS’s Centre for Translation Studies: Close to a State of Linguistic Weightlessness: On Translating Bae Suah Dr Deborah Smith (Korean-English translator, Publisher/Editor at Tilted Axis Press) […]

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Event news: Red Shoes is the second movie in the KCC’s K-horror series

by Philip Gowman 21 February 2017
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The second of six weekly screenings of horror movies and thrillers – a series curated by Collette Balmain – will be introduced by Hangul Celluloid’s Paul Quinn. We are assured that the gremlins that infected the DVD player at last week’s screening have been exorcised. Red Shoes (분홍신) Dir: Kim Yong-gyoon, 2005 (103 mins) 7pm, […]

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So now you know

by Philip Gowman 19 February 2017
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You couldn’t make this up. Or maybe you could. Even though I suspect it’s a fake cover posted online to make people go out and buy the paper itself (which I would do if it weren’t cold outside), it’s still too good not to share. Thanks to Paul Matthews for spotting this gem (also to […]

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LKL’s evening with Zion.T in Kentish Town

by Philip Gowman 19 February 2017
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On the very rare occasions when I go to a big popular music concert I usually end up wondering why. A couple of years ago I queued for ages to get into the cheap seats (£77) for Big Bang’s gig in Wembley Arena. At least they didn’t have a support act, and worked hard to […]

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Suh Do-ho: a popular local attraction

by Philip Gowman 19 February 2017
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It was good to see people queuing to get into Suh Do-ho’s solo show at Victoria Miro yesterday, a pleasant stroll along the Grand Union Canal from the Angel. I was going to go to the exhibition myself, but it’s the sort of work where you’re better off with only one or two people in […]

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Exhibition news: North Korean Paintings — Beyond Borders, Beauty, at Coningsby Gallery

by Philip Gowman 16 February 2017
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Late notice of an exhibition of a private collection of paintings by North Korean artists. Thanks to Hannah Giles and Marc Leggett for bringing this to my attention. North Korean Paintings: Beyond Borders, Beauty Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 10:00 AM – Sun, 19 Feb 2017, 9:00 PM The Coningsby Gallery | 30 Tottenham Street | […]

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Event news: the first KCC House Concert of the year is with Joo Yeon Sir

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2017
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The KCC has been holding an open call for Korean musicians to perform in their series of “House Concerts”. That application period closes on 19 February. In the meanwhile, a supremely talented duo will be giving the first recital of the year: KCC House Concert: Joo Yeon Sir (violin), Irina Andrievsky (piano) Tues 21 Feb, […]

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A survey of post-millennials – and South Korea shows its expected malaise

by Philip Gowman 13 February 2017
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Another of those surveys, and guess where South Korea ends up in the rankings? As you might expect from the land of Hell Joseon, the statistics do not look great: second from bottom in terms of overall happiness. Around 1,000 15-21 year-olds from each of 20 countries were surveyed between September and October 2016 as […]

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2017 KCC film nights kick off with Princess Aurora

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2017
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The 2017 film screenings at the KCC start with a season of horror movies and thrillers curated by Colette Balmain. Princess Aurora (오로라 공주) Dir: Bang Eun-jin, 2005, 106 mins 16 February 2017, 7pm @ KCCUK Book via the KCCUK website The directorial debut of Bang Eun-jin, Princess Aurora is a female take on the […]

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Tickets still available for Zion.T’s concert on 17 Feb

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2017
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At the time of writing, tickets are still available for Zion.T’s concert on 17 February. His latest album was released earlier this month, and is available on iTunes. You can catch some tracks from the support act, Choice 37, on SoundCloud. More details on the Cult of Ya’s event page. Zion.T in London O2 Forum […]

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Choe Il presents his credentials as DPRK ambassador

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2017
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Embed from Getty Images From the Court Circular page of the Buckingham Palace website: 9 February 2017: His Excellency Mr. Choe Il was received in audience by The Queen today and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to […]

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The KCC’s first literature night of 2017 is The dog who dared to dream

by Philip Gowman 11 February 2017
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The KCC’s first Korean Literature Night of 2017 features another of Hwang Sun-mi’s short novels. And this year, the nights don’t clash with the film screenings. The Dog Who Dared To dream Hwang Sun-mi Tuesday 28 February 2017, 18.30-20.30 @KCCUK The Korean Literature Night (KLN) is a monthly discussion group that explores various themes and […]

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Exhibition news: Park Seo-Bo — ZIGZAG: Ecriture 1983-1992, at White Cube

by Philip Gowman 9 February 2017
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After last year’s hit show, White Cube are aiming to repeat the success with a different range of work from the distinguished artist’s studio. “The works by Park Seo-Bo in this show consist of paper, worked into the paint surface so it looks like a big brushstroke,” says Martin Gayford in The Spectator. Park Seo-Bo: […]

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Exhibition news: Do Ho Suh — Passage/s, at Victoria Miro

by Philip Gowman 8 February 2017
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Victoria Miro Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new work by Do Ho Suh, who has now made London his home. The exhibition lasts until 18 March and has been getting some enthusiastic coverage. Do Ho Suh: Passage/s 1 February – 18 March 2017 Victoria Miro | 16 Wharf Road | London N1 7RW | […]

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Event news: an evening concert by Korean musicians at the Royal Academy of Music

by Philip Gowman 4 February 2017
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News of a concert by some of the Korean musicians studying at the Royal Academy of Music: UK x Korea 8 February 2017, 7pm David Josefowitz Recital Hall Royal Academy of Music | Marylebone Road | London NW1 5HT Performed by Korean Students of the Royal Academy of Music Concert Programme: J. Haydn London Trio […]

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