This round of British Council / Arts Council England AIDF grants has Korea focus

by Philip Gowman 24 March 2016
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Artists and other creative practitioners based in England but with interests in Korea may be interested that in the next round of grants provided by the Artists International Development Fund, around 25% of the budget will be spent on Korea-related proposals. Details follow: Korea Focus – Artists International Development Fund The next round of the […]

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Event news: Lee Joon-ik’s The Throne screens at Regent St Cinema

by Philip Gowman 20 March 2016
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Returning to the period movie genre that made him famous, Lee Joon-ik’s 2014 The Throne explores the life and death of Crown Prince Sado. As homework, you are strongly encouraged to read the memoirs of Sado’s wife, Lady Hyegyong, failing which Margaret Drabble’s The Red Queen, for a version of his life with which to […]

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Event news: ARTTALK – Filmic Dialogue with Yunjoo Kwak and Igor Sevcuk

by Philip Gowman 18 March 2016
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Continuing the ARTTALK series, this one focuses on experimental film. ARTTALK: Filmic Dialogue with Yunjoo Kwak and Igor Sevcuk, moderated by The Otolith Collective Monday 4 April from 6.30pm to 8.00pm Korean Cultural Centre UK | Grand Buildings | 1–3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW Main Entrance on Northumberland Avenue Registration required via info@kccuk.org.uk Now […]

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Event news: Great Exhibitionists – Braedalyn, at the RCM

by Philip Gowman 16 March 2016
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A couple of months ago Joo Yeon Sir participated in an interesting music / projection / dance event at the RCM. In the same series is a performance tomorrow lunchtime featuring music and visuals, the latter provided by RCA student Jin Joon Lee: Great Exhibitionists – Braedalyn 1:05pm | 17 March 2016 Britten Theatre | […]

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Kim Kulim in London: 4’33” and the meaning of 1/24”

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2016
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One of the highlights of the two-day focus on Korean artist films at Tate Modern was the opportunity to meet veteran avant-garde artist Kim Kulim. Kim was a leading experimental artist who first achieved prominence in the 1960s, exploring new frontiers such as performance, mail art and land art as well as experimental film. “I do […]

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Exhibition visit: Bates’s Room – Shin Kiwoun at the Old Police Station

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2016
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The Old Police Station in Deptford is an interesting, slightly claustrophobic space for exhibiting art. A reception area with, behind, four gloomy holding cells whose walls are clad in ceramic tiles. Given the lack of light, it’s particularly suitable for showing video works. And the oppressive atmosphere was particularly suited to Shin Kiwoun’s  theme which, […]

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Event news: Jason Bae & Sulki Yu with RPO members at King’s Place

by Philip Gowman 12 March 2016
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News of the second Korean Sounds concert of the year: Korean Sounds Series 2: Jason Bae & Sulki Yu with members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Wed 6 April 2016, 7.30 pm Kings Place Hall Two | 90 York Way | London N1 9AG Sulki Yu (Violin), Jason Bae (Piano), Shana Douglas (Violin), Michelle Bruil […]

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Event news: I am Sun Mu screens at Human Rights Watch Film Fest

by Philip Gowman 9 March 2016
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The documentary about the North Korean defector artist known as Sun Mu gets two screenings as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. LKL’s review from last Autumn’s Raindance is here. I am Sun Mu Director: Adam Sjöberg Year: 2015 / 80m Language(s): English, Chinese, Korean March 13, 2016 5:30 PM @ Ritzy Brixton […]

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LKL at 10 years: the best of the past decade

by Philip Gowman 7 March 2016
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Well, if you can’t reminisce on your website’s 10th birthday, when can you? Here’s a collection of some of my favourite London memories of the past 10 years (and one or two from slightly further afield). Some of the moments lived up to expectation: a front row seat at a performance by K-pop ballad diva Lee […]

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Video: Living Statue “Comfort Women” protest outside Tate Modern

by Philip Gowman 6 March 2016
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Braving the cold and rain, the living statue demonstration proceeded yesterday in front of Tate Modern. LKL arrived too late to take any photos, but above is one of the official photos and, below, a video of the protest. Links: justice4comfortwomenuk.wordpress.com

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KFA holds protest outside the US embassy

by Philip Gowman 6 March 2016
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LKL wandered past the American Embassy yesterday afternoon to see the supporters the UK Korean Friendship Association who were protesting against the annual ROK-US joint military exercises. It will be remembered that the DPRK view of these exercises is that they are offensive, not defensive. Conveniently, the KFA published a press release about the demonstration. […]

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LKL at 10 years: a decade in statistics

by Philip Gowman 4 March 2016
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In the early years of this website, I was rather obsessed with readership statistics. It was gratifying to see the readership grow, and it was informative to see what it was they were visiting the site for. After a while, I found that nothing much was changing. And I realised that if I were to […]

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Event news: Live Statue protest in support of “Comfort Women”

by Philip Gowman 3 March 2016
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Timed to be close to International Women’s Day, there will be a “live statue” protest outside Tate Modern this Saturday, promoted by Justice for Comfort Women UK. Here is there official press release. Justice for ‘Comfort Women’ UK ‘Live Statue’ event in London Saturday 5 March 2016 12:00 – 16:00 Outside Tate Modern To publicise […]

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Event news: an evening with 3 North Korean exiles

by Philip Gowman 3 March 2016
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A useful preparation for the all-day conference on the UN Commission of Inquiry’s report on human rights in the DPRK. Booking required via Eventbrite. Exposing North Korea’s Human Rights Abuse: An Evening with 3 Exiles 10 March 2016, 19:00–21:00 Location: MEET 116 | SOAS | Thornhaugh Street | Russell Square | London WC1H 0XG Hosted […]

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March events 2016

by Philip Gowman 1 March 2016
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Here are the events for March. Let me know what I’ve missed. Exhibitions Two Seeds of Early Spring, by two students at the Royal College of Art, is at the RCA 1 – 5 March. The KCC’s Print Matters fashion exhibition lasts until 11 March. A one-off fashion showcase will be held at the KCC […]

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LKL at 10 years: what has changed?

by Philip Gowman 29 February 2016
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London Korean Links went online 10 years ago, on 1 March 2006. What has changed over that time, and how might things change over the next 10 years? For a start, there’s more of everything. More people following Korean culture in London, more events to follow. When London Korean Links started, it was a reasonable […]

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Event news: two screenings featuring Lee Mi-sook in March

by Philip Gowman 29 February 2016
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The KCCUK’s season of films illustrating different aspects of Korean humour continues with two films starring Lee Mi-sook. A nice 10th birthday present. Lee Mi-sook month The Actresses South Korea, 2009 Director: E J-yong Cast: Yoon Yeo-jeong, Lee Mi-sook, Ko Hyun-jeong, Choi Ji-woo, Kim Min-hee 104 mins | Cert. 12 | Eng Subs 17 March, […]

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