Event news: UK-Korea business seminar

by Philip Gowman 4 September 2016
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Notice of a seminar arranged jointly by the British Korean Society and the Lord Mayor’s office: UK-Korea Business Seminar Mansion House, 23 September 2016 As follow-up to the Lord Mayor of London’s visit to the Republic of Korea in July, the British Korean Society, jointly with the Lord Mayor’s Office, have arranged a business seminar […]

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Exhibition news: Ceramics by Oh Man-chul, at Han Collection

by Philip Gowman 4 September 2016
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News of a ceramics exhibition opening later this month at Han Collection Oh Man-chul Han Collection London 33 Museum Street | Bloomsbury | London WC1A 1LH | www.hancollection.co.uk 22nd Sep – 5th Oct 2016 This autumn, Han Collection will present solo exhibition of important contemporary Korean pottery painter Oh Man-Chul. The exhibition will feature his […]

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Korean films at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

by Philip Gowman 3 September 2016
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If I were to draw up a list of feature films that I simply *had* to see this year, the following three would be on it. Thanks to the BFI selectors for securing them for the festival. There’s also a short film showing. Text below is from the BFI website. Tickets go on sale to […]

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Film news: Tunnel gets a lightning-quick UK release

by Philip Gowman 3 September 2016
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So unusual that a movie that was topping the Korean box office less than a month ago (and still is) gets a theatrical release in the UK. Tunnel (터널) Director: Kim Seong-Hun, 2016, 127 minutes Cast: Ha Jung-Woo, Doona Bae, Oh Dal-Su Based on the novel “Tunnel” by So Jae-Won (2013) Jung-soo, the manager of […]

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Exhibition news: Kang Ik-joong — Moon Jar, at Robilant+Voena

by Philip Gowman 2 September 2016
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Coinciding with his installation on the Thames, an exhibition in Dover Street: Ik-Joong Kang – The Moon Jar 6 – 23 September 2016 Robilant+Voena | 38 Dover Street | London W1S 4NL The sky is blue before the full moon night and it wears the bright new dress on the morning of New Year’s Day. […]

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September events 2016

by Philip Gowman 1 September 2016
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September: Chuseok month, and a special focus on Kang Ik-joong. A couple of big conferences too, and the K-Music festival kicks off. Too much happening, and I probably missed some events as well. Festivals and family Totally Thames features Kang Ik-joong’s Floating Dreams on the river outside Tate Modern, all month The British Museum’s Chuseok festivities run from […]

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Kang Ik-joong’s Floating Dreams installed on the Thames

by Philip Gowman 30 August 2016
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For one reason or another, today at the office I had my eyes glued to my PC screen most of the day. I didn’t have much time to enjoy the view from my window, from where I can see the Thames around the Greenwich peninsula. Which meant that I managed to miss one of the […]

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Book review: Hwang Sun-won — Lost Souls

by Philip Gowman 30 August 2016
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Hwang Sun-won: Lost Souls Translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton Columbia University Press 2010, 354pp Having quite enjoyed two of Hwang Sun-won’s fuller-length stories – Trees on a Slope and Descendants of Cain – though without necessarily being enamoured of the characters of the stories they inhabited, I was looking forward to tackling Lost Souls, […]

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Frieze magazine city report on Seoul – and the come-back of Kim Kulim

by Philip Gowman 29 August 2016
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There’s a very interesting feature on Seoul’s gallery scene in the summer issue of Frieze magazine, by Tate curator Lee Sook-kyung and artist and writer Travis Jeppesen. Lee’s contribution is particularly worthwhile, touching on the politics of Korea’s state-funded art institutions. Jeppesen mentions some fascinating exhibitions, which makes me wish I was able to be in […]

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Conference news: the 4th World Congress for Hallyu

by Philip Gowman 29 August 2016
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The 2016 World Hallyu Congress will take place at Oriel College, Oxford, 26-28 September. You can register to attend here. Students free, others $50 (plus accommodation). Draft timetable is below. Keep an eye on the conference website for updates. Time Harris Lecture Theatre Harris Room Sanders Room Monday Sep 26 14:00-18:00 Registration 18:00-20:00 Reception Dinner […]

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Chuseok at the British Museum – 17 Sept

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2016
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A chance to catch up on the things you didn’t manage to fit in on Friday evening. This is the last of three special Chuseok sessions at the British Museum, and with so much going on you’ll need to plan carefully. Here’s LKL’s unofficial timetable to assist (click for a full-size version): Follow these links […]

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Chuseok at the British Museum – 16 Sept

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2016
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It’s going to be hard to choose between the various events on offer this Friday evening – the second of three special Chuseok days at the British Museum. The essential session is Kang Ik-joong’s talk about his installation on the Thames, at 7pm in the BP Lecture Theatre, but half an hour seems rather brief […]

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Chuseok at the British Museum – 15 Sept

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2016
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For those of you who don’t have a day job, or who can afford to take the day off, 15 September is shaping up nicely: a full programme of musical and educational events at the BM, and then you can head off to the KCC for Paul Quinn’s talk and a rather fun screening of […]

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Event news: ArtTalk – Creative Relationships in London

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2016
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A useful talk to illuminate the current exhibition at the KCC. Registration is required in the normal manner. ARTTALK – Creative Relationships in London An event that includes dialogue sessions with artists and curators about contemporary craft. 18.30 – 20.00 Tuesday 6 September Korean Cultural Centre UK, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW Speakers include: Kyoungrin […]

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Event news: Saving My Hubby and Scandal Makers are September’s screenings at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 27 August 2016
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September’s screenings in the ongoing series Ha Ha Ha – Translating Korean Humour are set out below. Saving My Hubby has the added attraction of an introduction by Paul Quinn of Hangul Celluloid. Saving My Hubby (굳세어라 금순아) Director: Hyeon Nam-seop, 2002, 92 mins Cast: Bae Doo-na, Kim Tae-woo 15 Sep 16 7:00 pm Geum-soon (Bae […]

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Fringe visit: The Tiniest Frog Prince in the World

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2016
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I was feeling grumpy when I went into this show and had decided I was not going to enjoy it. I had rushed to get there having just got off the train. It had started late, and if it overran I wasn’t going to have time to get to the next show. And I’m not […]

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Fringe visit: Girl

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2016
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Modl Theatre Company is perhaps best known in this country for its work aimed at younger audiences, but it is a diverse company which also engages with more adult material too. And you can’t get much more adult than a graphic description of the surgical procedure that the Japanese forced upon young Korean girls so […]

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