Event news: Jambinai returns to London

One of the highlights of 2015 was Jambinai’s gig at the Rich Mix as part of the K-Music festival. So we’ll definitely be going to their 2016 appearance at the Elephant and Castle. Baba Yaga’s Hut Presents: Jambinai Monday 16th May 2016 Show: 7:30 PM Doors: 7:30 PM Corsica Studios | 4/5 Elephant Road, London, […]

Hong Gildong coming soon to Penguin Classics

I wonder why it’s taken so long. But coming soon, in a new translation by Minsoo Kang, is The Story of Hong Gildong, “arguably the single most important work of classic Korean fiction,” according to the publishers, Penguin Classics. A release date of 7 July 2016 is mentioned, though Amazon UK is offering it on […]

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

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 […]

Review: Embeddedness — The past, present and future of Korean experimental film

The series of three screenings of short experimental films at the Tate in September 2015 was a fascinating insight into an artform that is hardly mainstream. To someone not used to sitting in darkened rooms watching 16mm creations the experience was sometimes confusing, sometimes rewarding, but never less than interesting. And what brought the whole […]

Im Heung-soon: Jeju Prayer, Symptom and Sign

The most substantial work in the final session of experimental film screenings at the Tate in September 2015 was Im Heung-soon’s Sung Si (숭 시 – Jeju Symptom and Sign. 2011, HD Video, colour, sound, 24mins), a work which obliquely addresses the 4:3 incident and the Gangjeong naval base. The piece has been made into […]

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

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, […]