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Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

UK screening premiere: Regardless of Us, at the ICA

Formally inventive and filled with striking monochrome compositions Regardless of Us is a complex and mysterious journey into the nature of memory, performance, and the very structures of reality. Featuring a rich and intriguing utilisation of off-screen space, Yoo’s tale of an actress attempting to recover her memory following a severe illness subtly probes at … [Read More]

Okkyung Lee: Live at the ICA

Presenting a rare London appearance by South Korean composer and improviser Okkyung Lee, whose extended use of the cello moves freely between artistic disciples and contingencies, creating vast sonic landscapes across noise, jazz, western classical, as well as her homeland’s traditional and popular music. The artist’s unique approach to her instrument has seen acclaimed releases … [Read More]

In the Absence screens at ICA, with Q+A

Amid all the justified excitement about Parasite, let’s not forget that Korea has another film with an Oscar nomination this year. Its producer, Gary Byung-Seok Kam, is in town to answer your questions at a screening at the ICA this weekend. In the Absence Dir Yi Seung-Jun, South Korea / USA 2018, 29 min., Korean … [Read More]

10th Gwangju Biennale to be introduced at the ICA

Coming up on 1 May 2014 at 6:30 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Jessica Morgan, Artistic Director of the 10th Gwangju Biennale, introduces the curatorial framework of the next edition, Burning Down the House, opening in September 2014. This will be followed by a conversation with Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial – The … [Read More]

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha screens at the ICA

A screening of some of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s films at the ICA, followed by a discussion. It dovetails nicely with the exhibition devoted to Cha at the KCC which closes on the same day as the screening. It would have been nice to have had the screening slightly earlier so that one could go … [Read More]

Planet of Snail at the ICA

Hot on the heels of Arirang, the somewhat narcissistic documentary by Kim Ki-duk, comes the award-winning documentary Planet of Snail by Yi Seung-jun, which promises to be both moving and life-affirming. It was LKL’s film of the year last year, so we’re very glad to see that it’s got a UK release. Planet of Snail … [Read More]

Arirang in Kim Ki-duk mini-season at the ICA

Kim Ki-duk, along with Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook, was once the director that anyone trying to bluff their way in Korean movies could name. For around a decade he churned out one or two films a year which often caused controversy for their animal cruelty and misogyny. Then, after Dream (2008), everything went quiet. … [Read More]

Kim Soyong at the Birds Eye View film festival

From the website of the Birds Eye View Film Festival, a festival of emerging woman filmmakers: In Between Days So Yong Kim, Canada/Korea, 2006, 85′ event total 95′ Subtitled Friday 9th March ICA CINEMA 2: 8.30PM Monday 12th March ICA CINEMA 2: 8.30PM “A slow-burning and memorable gem on the loneliness of a stranger in … [Read More]