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Micro posts, bite sized articles and links to stories on other sites that we find of interest.

21 August 2014: “Channel 4 green lights North Korean political thriller Opposite Number.” On a covert mission in North Korea, the world’s most secretive nation, a British nuclear scientist is taken prisoner, triggering an international crisis which itself must be kept secret. Realizing their man could be forced to help North Korea finally weaponize its […]

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Hong Seong-dam’s art in the news again

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2014
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In 2012 his unflattering painting of President-elect Park got the ruling party annoyed; now Hong Seong-nam is in the news again for lampooning Park’s response to the Sewol disaster in an exhibition linked to the Gwangju Biennale. It’s difficult to know precisely what has been going on in Gwangju from the snippets that make it […]

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UKISS at the Kentish Town Forum

by Philip Gowman 26 August 2014
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So the first, and maybe the only, big live K-pop event in London this year is UKISS, at the Forum, a 2,300 capacity venue in Kentish Town, on 24 September. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

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Busan will be extinct before Seoul, apparently

by Philip Gowman 26 August 2014
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The report doesn’t seem to have been translated into English yet, and I can’t find it in Korean on the website of the National Assembly Research Service, but it has certainly provided some eye-catching headlines, the general gist being that “South Koreans will be ‘extinct’ by 2750 if nothing is done to halt the nation’s […]

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Jewyo Rhii: solo show at Wilkinson Gallery

by Philip Gowman 23 August 2014
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For most of September and October you’ll be able to see the work of Korean artists at two galleries in Vyner Street: HADA Contemporary and Wilkinson Gallery: Jewyo Rhii 7 September – 26 October 2014 Wilkinson Gallery | 50-58 Vyner Street | London | E2 9DQ | 020 8980 2662 | www.wilkinsongallery.com Opening times: Wednesday […]

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Jee-Hyun Kwun: Cut Out Details, at Southfields Gallery

by Philip Gowman 19 August 2014
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News of an exhibition just north of the Toastrack in Southfields: Cut Out Details, by Jee-Hyun Kwun From Monday 18th – Friday 22nd August 2014 at Southfields Gallery 223 Wimbledon Park Road, London SW18 5RH (nearest Tube Station: Southfields – District line) Opening Times: Mon-Fri 11.00am-5.15pm | Sat 10.30am-1.30pm | Closed Wed and Sun www.southfieldsgallery.co.uk

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DJ Joonki’s K-pop mash-up

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2014
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For those of you who couldn’t make it to the opening event of the Korean Artists Association residency on 12 August, here’s the DJ set from Joonki, via his YouTube channel. He was only alotted 5 minutes, but did pretty well to cover 30 years of K-pop. I’d like to hear something a bit longer […]

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A video of Korean ceramic decorative techniques

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2014
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I just tripped over this lovely video on Facebook. It would be nice to have something a bit longer, showing a comprehensive range of all the various decorative techniques used in Korean ceramics. But this is a great sampler, from Icheon Ceramics: Post by Minkyu Jeon.

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A trio of Pyongyang time lapse videos

by Philip Gowman 9 August 2014
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A video sponsored by Koryo Tours has had the Guardian descending to the level of Buzzfeed with the following clickbait headline: Timelapse video offers unique insight into North Korea’s capital city. Needless to say, Buzzfeed calls it “mind-blowing”. As you can see from the above, it’s a very slick production, from “city-­branding pioneer JT Singh […]

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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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The Kimchi Slap (in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere)

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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Here’s the full clip from the MBC TV Drama Everybody, Kimchi. The incident in question is at 1’30″: If you’re happy with .gifs, here’s the cut-down version. I wonder how many shirts were ruined rehearsing this scene…

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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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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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The Korean Hamlet: special seminar + performance ticket deal

by Philip Gowman 9 July 2014
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The nice people at the KCCUK have a special offer for you, whereby you can receive free tickets for Hamlet directed by Jung-Ung Yang by registering to attend the Artist Talk event. The play will be performed for one night only on 12th July at 7.30pm at the Peacock Theatre. To obtain your free tickets […]

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Brighten up your hangeul typeface

by Philip Gowman 5 July 2014
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Bored with the default hangeul font on your PC? The Korea Blog has a brief article on hangeul as compared with other scripts, explaining some of the difficulties with hangeul typography. But best of all, they provide a couple of links where you can download hangeul fonts for free: Naver’s Nanum font collection (4 varieties) […]

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