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Media art shows the future

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by Sohn JiAe
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 Media art, a genre that encompasses works of art created using visual images, installations and sound, will soon be put under the spotlight in Seoul. 

The Seoul Museum of Art will host a special media art exhibition, Mediacity Seoul 2016, opening on Sept. 1, inviting 61 artists from 23 countries from across Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Oceania. 

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 Argentine media artist Eduardo Navarro will be featured at the upcoming Mediacity Seoul 2016 exhibition. The artist will put on a performance titled ‘Horses Don’t Lie’ three times during the exhibition's run. Performers will translate the landscape, free of any spoken or written words, with their bodies and dance moves, to help the audience experience the world of space and time as felt by a different form of creature, a horse. 

 Argentine media artist Eduardo Navarro will be featured at the upcoming Mediacity Seoul 2016 exhibition. The artist will put on a performance titled ‘Horses Don’t Lie’ three times during the exhibition's run. Performers will translate the landscape, free of any spoken or written words, with their bodies and dance moves, to help the audience experience the world of space and time as felt by a different form of creature, a horse. 

The exhibition's theme is “Neriri Kiruru Harara,” a phrase derived from the poem “Two Billion Light Years of Solitude” written by Japanese poet Shuntaro Tanikawa (다니카와 슌타로, 谷川俊太郞). In the poem, the words are spoken by an alien on Mars. In line with the theme, this exhibition will gather works of media art that speak “the language of an unknown future” and explore the unknown future. 

”This exhibition starts off by throwing out the question ‘How do we turn unwanted legacies that we inherit -- war, disasters and poverty -- into expectations for the future?’” explained director Beck Jee-sook. 

This time, the biannual festival has increased the proportion of female artists, as well as of artists from Latin America and African countries. The female artists are trying to embrace the surrounding nature and environment instead of using high-end technologies, and the Latin American and African artists who have lived through poverty, war and disaster will give a glimpse into the coming future from their own point of view. 

“This exhibition reflects the characteristics of a generation of digital natives and also focuses on the way female and African artists look at and look forward to the future,” said the director. 


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 French artist Pierre Huyghe will showcase his 19-minute visual artwork ‘Human Mast’ at the Mediacity Seoul 2016 exhibition. The video, set in Fukushima right after the massive earthquake, features a monkey mimicking a series of human movements that he remembers unconsciously. With this visual art, the artist depicts money as the last living thing that could survive on earth. 
 
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 Among the exhibits on display at the Mediacity Seoul 2016 exhibition is a 28-minute visual artwork ‘Gonda’ by Austrian multimedia artist Ursula Mayer. The work is an attempt to describe what post-humans would look like, standing alone in a desolate land. 

French artist Pierre Huyghe will showcase his 19-minute visual artwork ‘Human Mast’ at the Mediacity Seoul 2016 exhibition. The video, set in Fukushima right after the massive earthquake, features a monkey mimicking a series of human movements that he remembers unconsciously. With this visual art, the artist depicts money as the last living thing that could survive on earth. 

Among the exhibits on display at the Mediacity Seoul 2016 exhibition is a 28-minute visual artwork ‘Gonda’ by Austrian multimedia artist Ursula Mayer. The work is an attempt to describe what post-humans would look like, standing alone in a desolate land. 
Among the works of art to be featured at the upcoming exhibition, there are works by Pierre Huyghe from France, Eduardo Navarro from Argentina, the late Chantal Akerman from Belgium and Ben Russel from the U.S. 
As a sideline event, a seminar will bring together participating artists to talk about their world of art and about contemporary art in general. 

Mediacity Seoul has been held every two years since 2000. This year’s exhibition will run until Nov. 20. More information can be found at the official website.
http://mediacityseoul.kr/2016/ko/ 

By Sohn JiAe
Korea.net Staff Writer
Photos: Seoul Museum of Art
jiae5853@korea.kr 

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