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Emotion-Awakening Exhibitions in Seoul

Published Date : Apr 13, 2022 / Edited Date : Apr 20, 2022
Emotion-Awakening Exhibitions in Seoul. Unique Exhibitions for an Exceptional Day.

Spring flowers bloom and blossom in April, pleasing many hearts with their fragrance. We keep heading outdoors, not feeling quite satisfied with our tedious routine. It feels like we need something new to warm our frozen hearts and stimulate our daily lives while perhaps offering up some inspiration to the everyday.

And that something we need is art, both the source and outcome of inspiration. In this edition of Seoulite’s Picks, we recommend special exhibitions you can enjoy in Seoul.

POETIC AI

A Feast of Digital Paintings
Media art made of hundreds of thousands of dots in a vast space

I remember my first encounter with a media art exhibition. I fell for the feast of colors and light being painted onto the huge screen canvas. Shocked by the extraordinary art that I had never experienced before, I went to see the exhibition again and again in the following days. Currently open in Bunker des Lumières in Jeju-do Island and Arte Museum in Gangneung and Yeosu, media art exhibitions have been well received by the public and emerged as a trend.

Ground Seesaw effectively serves as a novel cultural complex, designing and presenting exhibitions that have gained successive traction and favorable reviews. Followed by the photo exhibition, Yosigo, at Seochon and Accidentally Wes Anderson at Seongsu, a new exhibition will be opening in Myeongdong. In the upcoming exhibition, Ground Seesaw Myeongdong, where the massive space turns into a giant screen, meets the new media creative studio, OUCHHH.

Media art composed of white lines on the floor and all four sides in a dark and spacious space

In this exhibition, you can enjoy the flagship works of OUCHHH, where their cutting-edge technology builds onto the crude concept of “turning data into art” and are then implemented through visual performances.

Illusionary and surreal digital paintings offer a thrilling and impressive experience. Leonardo da Vinci: The Wisdom of AI Light sheds light on the masterpieces of the great Italian artist through an AI brush. Data Gate awakens the desire to explore by presenting a surreal time and space of an extrasolar planet based on NASA’s AI astronomical research data. The Musician’s Brain offers an experience of falling into the inspirations of artists by turning the brain waves of a musician into visual performances.

There is a blue light media art on the walls and floor Various special symbols are spread all over the walls and floor
Notable pieces are displayed as media art on the walls and floor

Come and enjoy the surreal experience of high-tech media art at Ground Seesaw Myeongdong, which presents an experience of seeing the things we saw in the past from a new perspective.

ALEX PRAGER, BIG WEST

A Cinematic Life: an Experience where Life Turns into a Movie
The exhibition’s name is on the left side of the wall, and a translucent picture is on the right side
There is a large English slogan written on the wall

It is the season of cherry blossoms, indeed. Among the many cherry blossom streets in Seoul, Seokchon Lake is one of the most popular attractions for enjoying the spring flower. At the Lotte Museum of Art, located in the Lotte World Tower right next to the beautiful cherry blossom street encircling the lake, an exhibition presents an unforgettable cinematic moment where you are reborn into the true hero of your daily life.

A panoramic view of an exhibition’s hanging pictures
Several pictures hanging in the dark hallway
There are two pictures hanging on the wall

Since its opening, the Lotte Museum of Art has been hosting various sensible exhibitions. In 2022, Lotte Museum of Art has chosen Alex Prager, Big West, as its exhibition. Alex Prager is a Los Angeles-based film producer and photographer. Her works produce the American “look and feel” and the images of everyday lives by creating an ambiguous and mysterious ambiance through film-like scenes and unique visual effects.

Her works convey a strong impression with colors and structures that seem like scenes captured from a movie. Susie and Friends is already well-known to the public. Through Compulsion, Prager expresses the uneasy psychology of modern-day people who want to keep up with the various disasters and incidents in real time. Then, Big West conveys the message that the cultural history lying in people’s hearts remains unchanged despite the city’s landscape that changes over time.

Picture of women surrounding a woman smoking
Countless people standing in front of a passing train

Play the Wind and La Grande Sortie, both short films staged by Prager, are a must-see in this exhibition. Although the running time for both pieces is relatively short at roughly ten minutes each, they are of great help in better understanding her works. In addition, the background music playing throughout the exhibition also assists visitors to better immerse themselves in the artworks. The musician, MQ, and pianist, Yong Jun Chon, have prepared the music solely for this exhibition.

The picture’s description is on the left, and the picture is on the right On the left is a picture of a house on a black background, and on the right is a picture of a woman's eye
Big screens hang on the walls; numerous people clap on the screens.

Prager was quoted as having said, “I wanted to express that seemingly plain and ordinary things are the charms in life.” So, why not turn into the protagonist of the ongoing narrative of everyday life? The Alex Prager, Big West exhibition awaits you with the perfect chance to turn a casual moment into something fascinating.

Ian Cheng: Worlding

What is the Nature of Human Consciousness?
“Tall Tree and The Eye” by Anish Kapoor has multiple silver circles attached vertically
The name of the exhibition is written on the wall inside the museum The composition of the exhibition hall is shown in pictures on the left side of the wall, and the name and explanation of the exhibition are written on the right side

Once reaching the Leeum Museum of Art in the hilly neighborhood of Hannam-dong, you will encounter a big silver tree. When confronting the Tall Tree and the Eye by Anish Kapoor, you will look forward to a new world awaiting. The exhibition's title, Worlding, sounds a bit over-the-top, but makes us wonder what's in store. Excited with anticipation, we step into the Black Box exhibition hall.

On the long screen on the left, a fox is running around
Photos of two of the works of “The Emissary Trilogy”
There are three living things in the blue space

Appreciated as one of the most innovative artists using digital technology in artwork, Ian Cheng has long been exploring the nature of human consciousness through philosophical reasoning. In this exhibition, Cheng hurls the question, “If AI is superior over human beings, is there anything left for humans to do?”

There is a BOB artwork on the right wall
BOB artwork with a red face and three eyes
On the screen, a girl is waving to a fox
BOB artwork standing on a beige background

Recently, the term “world view” has often emerged in different media channels. To some, the term may be a complicated topic, but this exhibition presents a world view as a game. Through the Emissaries Trilogy and BOB (Bag of Beliefs), which resembles a snake, Cheng seems to be stating that in this world, we are nothing but a “spectator” that witnesses only a fraction of an ever-repeating video game.

After watching a 45-minute animated video that runs every hour at ten minutes past the hour, visitors can explore the interactive world that Cheng realized in the video. We recommend you set enough time aside to enjoy the exhibition.

The line “complete your fate” repeatedly surfaces throughout the exhibition. What does it mean to complete something? It might be a good opportunity to think about the significance of life in spring, a time of the year when living creatures awaken, ready to thrive.

The Art Spectrum 2022, a joint exhibition of eight young Korean artists, is also open and running at the Leeum Museum of Art, a major art museum in Seoul. Don’t miss out on the exhibition of the promising young artists who will carry on the future of Korean art.

The Color Spot: Nature within Dreams

Finding Your Dream amidst the Feast of Colors
The Color Spot Exhibition Description and Exhibition Hall Storyline
Lounge photo before entering the exhibition

The streets of Hongdae that winced during the winter have revived with the coming of spring. Among those streets, Hongdae Youth Street is a place where many dreams are found and lost. So what are dreams? Are they a psychological phenomenon that happens while we are asleep? Or are they a desire or an ideal that we hope to realize in the future? A world of fantasy is currently unfolding in Hongdae, Seoul, where this theme of “dreams” is articulated in different colors and illustrations.

Purple desert media art with a cactus picture in the middle
Media art made of white walls and white lights Media art in bright colors of blue, purple, and yellow

The Color Spot: Nature within Dreams, currently open and running at Y'Z Park, has been designed to stand with and support everyone walking their own journey to finding their dreams - those searching for or stepping away from their dreams and even those who no longer are dreaming. An escalator will take you down to the basement floor where the exhibition is held. As if stepping into your dream, the hidden dreams behind the chiffon curtains slowly come into sight.

Joined by a community of eleven artists, this exhibition consists of 15 sections. What’s impressive about the exhibition is that the visitors have to open the closed curtains in each passage leading to the next section. Throughout the various sections of the exhibition, the works of media art that resemble a dreamlike fairytale present joy in a vibrant array of colors.

There are pictures of the sky in red, blue, and purple on six big and small screens
There is a colorful light inside the uneven stone-shaped work

Dream Again displays your appearance on the screen in four different forms, while My Shadow enables you to light up the building on the screen with a flashlight and experience the changes in light and the work itself. These are two particular works of art we recommend you experience first-hand, rather than simply observing them. Once you finish exploring the exhibition, there are illustrated merchandised products from the exhibition and a booth for taking selfies. We all live somewhere in between our dreams and reality. After enjoying the flashy colors and media aesthetics of The Color Spot: Nature within Dreams, you will find yourself more in touch with your senses.

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#Seoul exhibitions #POETIC AI #The Color Spot: Nature within Dreams #Ian Cheng: Worlding #BIG WEST #Seoul april exhibitions #ALEX PRAGER

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  • PM 2.5(ピーエムにてんご)の非常低減措置発令及びその他の気象悪化(猛暑、台風、暴雨など)によって
      徒歩観光の運営が困難な場合、すべての予約は一括キャンセルされます。
     (観光日前日基準)
预约前说明事项
  • 观光日基准最少3日前方可进行预约。
  • 最多可以预约3个人。
  • 在已登记的预约团体中,只接待不超过预约人数的团体,可在前一天17时前追加预约。
  • 下个月的预约可从前一月15日开始。
  • 参加徒步观光解说活动时必须佩戴口罩。
  • 如有发热或呼吸道症状(发烧、咳嗽、痰液、肌肉痛、鼻塞、咽喉痛等),请避免参与解说活动。
  • 无保护者随同的未满14岁儿童游客,会在现场取消解说活动。
  • 因发布微尘紧急低减措施及其他气象恶化(暴热、台风、暴雨等)无法运营徒步观光解说活动时,所有预约会批量取消。(观光前日基准)
  • 对于解说活动中发生的安全事故,首尔徒步解说旅游事务局和首尔文化观光解说社不予负责。
预约前说明事项
  • 观光日基准最少1日前方可进行预约。
  • 本线路是为了行动不便者(行动不便的高龄者、残疾人、婴儿车利用者等)的路线。
  • 无辅助人员(或同行人)伴随时,不可利用。
    ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的辅助人员陪同。
    ※ 电动辅助器具(电动轮椅、电动独轮车等)使用者时,每一位辅助人员最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望观光的日期及线路上无解说员时,预约有可能被取消。
  • 为了确认预约,徒步观光事务局(02-6925-0777)会致电进行确认。
    (最少5日~一个月前) 3次以上无法连接时,预约将被取消。
  • 进行解说时,对于有可能发生的安全事故,徒步观光事务局和首尔文化观光解说员概不负责。
  • 因发布微尘紧急低减措施及其他气象恶化(暴热、台风、暴雨等),无法运营 徒步观光时,所有预约会批量取消。
    (观光前日基准)
預約前說明事項
  • 最晚請於預約日期3天前完成預約。
  • 最多可以预约3个人。
  • 已完成預約的團體若人數超過限制,可於前一天下午5點前追加預約。
  • 每月15日將開放下個月的預約。
  • 參與解說觀光時請務必佩戴口罩。
  • 若有發燒或呼吸道症狀(發燒、咳嗽、咳痰、肌肉酸痛、鼻塞、喉嚨痛),請避免參與本活動。
  • 未有保護者同行的未滿14歲兒童遊客,會在現場取消參與資格。
  • 因發布微塵緊急降低措施及其他天氣惡化(暴熱、台風、豪雨等),無法進行徒步觀光時,所有預約將取消。(預約日期前日基準)
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,首爾徒步解說觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光解說員概不負責。
預約前說明事項
  • 觀光日基準最少1日前方可進行預約。
  • 本線路是為了行動不便者(行動不便的高齡者、殘疾人、嬰兒車利用者等)的路線。
  • 無輔助人員(或同行人)伴隨時,不可利用。
    ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的輔助人員陪同。
    ※ 電動輔助器具(電動輪椅、電動獨輪車等)使用者時,每壹位輔助人員最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望觀光的日期及線路上無解說員時,預約有可能被取消。
  • 為了確認預約,徒步觀光事務局(02-6925-0777)會致電進行確認。
    (最少5日~壹個月前) 3次以上無法連接時,預約將被取消。
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,徒步觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光 解說員概不負責。
  • 因發布微塵緊急低減措施及其他氣象惡化(暴熱、臺風、暴雨等),無法運營 徒步觀光時,所有預約會批量取消。 (觀光前日基準)