DMZ

This year the KCCUK is really living up to its name: though based in London, it covers the whole UK. This looks really interesting, and I hope we get a screening and performance in London in due course. Douglas Gordon ‘Portrait of Janus: divided states’ Friday 9 November 2018, 18:30 – 21:00 St Columb’s Hall […]

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[Nottingham] The Real DMZ at New Art Exchange

by Events Editor 26 January 2018
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A three-month exhibition in Nottingham as part of the UK-Korea year of cultural exchange: The Real DMZ New Art Exchange | 39-41 Gregory Boulevard | Nottingham NG7 6BE | www.nae.org.uk 27 January – 15 April 2018 The Real DMZ: Artistic encounters through Korea’s demilitarized zone has been curated by Sunjung KIM and The Real DMZ […]

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Quiet Time: DMZ Forbidden Garden — an appreciation of the Chelsea gold medal-winner

by Philip Gowman 22 May 2012
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It was the first decent day of the month. Although it had started grey and cold, the forecasters promised sun and heat, and they were spot on. Quite a good day then, after all the hard preparation by Hwang Jihae’s team, to be awarded a coveted Chelsea gold medal, for the second year runnning. Was […]

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It’s another Gold Medal – congratulations to Hwang Jihae’s team!

by Philip Gowman 22 May 2012
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Yes, it’s another gold medal. More coverage soon once I’ve had a chance to see the finished garden myself. Links: LKL’s complete coverage of Hwang Jihae’s gardens at Chelsea 2012 and 2011 Quiet Time: DMZ Forbidden Garden on Facebook. Please donate using the Paypal sign. Keywords: Event tags: Chelsea 2012: Quiet Time Artists: Hwang Jihae […]

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Quiet Time: DMZ Forbidden Garden — Judgement Day

by Philip Gowman 20 May 2012
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Today is the first of two judgement days at the Chelsea Flower Show. Nothing more can be done apart from wait for the results, and pay a visit when it’s open to the public next week (if you managed to get a ticket). For those who can’t come along, here are some photos of the […]

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The DMZ Garden gets its finishing touches

by Philip Gowman 19 May 2012
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With the Chelsea Flower Show having its first judging day tomorrow (Sunday), all the show gardens have to be finished today. Yesterday Hwang Jihae’s team was boosted by some additional volunteers to help finish off the last details. The professionals did some final planting, filling in one or two gaps under the demanding and perfectionist […]

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A DMZ Watch-tower rises over the Chelsea Showground

by Philip Gowman 13 May 2012
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LKL gets an exclusive look at the construction of the DMZ “Quiet Time” garden, by Korean designer Hwang Jihae, at the Chelsea Flower Show. With the increased tension on the Korean peninsula the narrow strip of demilitarized land which separates north and south is ever more in focus. The timing of Hwang Jihae’s appearance at […]

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The DMZ as eco-tourism – and as a garden

by Philip Gowman 8 May 2012
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South Korea is turning the DMZ into eco-tourism zone, says Lucy Williamson on the BBC. Hwang Jihae’s DMZ Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show this year is looking increasingly relevant. Links: LKL’s complete coverage of Hwang Jihae’s gardens at Chelsea 2012 and 2011 Quiet Time: DMZ Forbidden Garden on Facebook. Please donate using the Paypal […]

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Nial Moores talks about nature in the DMZ

by Philip Gowman 19 December 2010
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Interesting podcast by British conservationist Nial Moores, director of Birds Korea, about conservation in and around the DMZ (HT Michael Rank). On Talking Naturally. http://bit.ly/dKRHix #. Nial goes birding on the islands near the Northern Limit Line and near the DMZ. Keywords: General post tags: Birds Korea | DMZ | Saemangeum

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My Love DMZ comes to Kingston

by Events Editor 6 July 2010
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“Love” and “DMZ” do not often appear together in the same sentence. But this is the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, and there’s a special production as part of the New Malden Arts Festival on 20th July. And in a special deal, LKL readers will get free admission to the performance […]

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Book review: Life on the Edge of the DMZ

by Jennifer Barclay 13 June 2010
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Lee See-woo: Life on the Edge of the DMZ Global Oriental, 2008 I’ve been dipping in and out of this fascinating though often overly complex book by peace activist Lee Si-Woo. It’s sometimes hard to tell whether the English translation – for the most part unfussy ­– is sometimes too literal, or whether original is […]

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Visit Korea, experience the Cold War

by Philip Gowman 30 August 2009
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Coming to the Travel Channel this autumn is a new travel documentary on Korea. At the Korea Tourism evening at the KCC last week we were given a preview. It was refreshing: a Korean tourism documentary, but from a Westerner’s perspective. Yes, we were told that the KTO assisted in the film’s production, but the […]

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Jean Chung’s Seoul photos for Time magazine

by Philip Gowman 7 August 2009
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Good Seoul photos, plus 10 things to do in 24 hours in Seoul, some recommendations for side trips, and more, on the TIME magazine website: http://bit.ly/Time-photos #. Photographer Jean Chung comes across the practice of couples fastening metal locks to a fence on Namsan Tower (above) as a symbol of their eternal love for each […]

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Many ways to enjoy Korea

by Philip Gowman 29 July 2009
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The language classes at the Korean Cultural Centre attract a really interesting spectrum of people, from English businessmen to Bae Yong-joon besotted Japanese housewives, via museum curators and people married to a Korean. In my own language classes, apart from the above, was Jo, a TVXQ-obsessed party animal, who was good enough to review their […]

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Seahyun Lee at Harewood House

by Events Editor 16 July 2009
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Having exhibited in London and Portsmouth, Sea Hyun Lee is now on his way up to Leeds for an 8-week show at historical Harewood House. Details below. Sea Hyun Lee: Between Red Terrace Gallery 18 July-13 September These epic paintings, rendered in washes of red, appear deceptively simple at first glance and resemble traditional Korean […]

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Gateways to Korea

by Peter Corbishley 26 April 2009
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Peter Corbishley digests some recent Korean history lectures at SOAS and the KCC, and a recent book by Alexis Dudden

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Impossible landscapes

by Philip Gowman 7 July 2008
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Recently in London we’ve seen two seemingly very different responses to traditional Korean and Chinese landscape painting. In March we had Lim Taek (임택) at I-MYU; just finished at Union we had Lee Sea-hyun (이세현). Both artists portray the familiar mountains, the occasional ancient pavilion dotting the landscape. But Lim’s mountains are simple blocks of […]

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