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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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The Otolith Group

b. 2002, United Kingdom

The Otolith Group was founded in 2002 by Kodwo Eshun (b. 1966, London) and Anjalika Sagar (b. 1968, London). Eshun earned a BA and MA in English Literature at University College, Oxford (1988) and an MA in Literary Theory at Southampton University (1990). Sagar earned a BA in Social Anthropology and Hindi at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London (1997) and an MA in Fine Art and Theory at Middlesex University (2004). The group integrates film and video production with curating, programming, and writing. With a name derived from a part of the inner ear sensitive to gravity and motion, responsible for physical equilibrium, the group operates as a platform for dialogue on contemporary art practice. The referential complexity of their work elicits an interpretive commitment from the viewer; layered, provocative, and speculative, the works invite decoding but promise no solutions.

The Otolith Group’s films, installations, and performances are driven by extensive research into the histories of science fiction and the legacies of tricontinentalism focusing on Asia, Africa, and South America. They rework archival and contemporary images, recorded sound, documentary accounts, and fictional narratives in order to complicate divisions between poetry, history, the real, and the imagined. The group regularly deploys the forms of the video essay and the performative lecture. Their eponymous video trilogy displays the group’s signature interweaving of cinematic mise-en-scènes and reportage, readymade and original texts and images. Otolith (2003) envisions a future in which the human otolith is no longer calibrated to the earth’s gravitation due to extended sojourns in space. The video features an expository voice from the 22nd century, a fictional descendant of Sagar’s, continuing a lineage that stretches back to Sagar’s grandmother, another narrator of the film. Otolith II (2007) turns an enquiring eye on Chandigarh’s modernist architecture, designed by Le Corbusier, and the slums of Mumbai. Otolith III (2009) proposes a temporal paradox in its revision of an unfilmed science fiction screenplay by Satyajit Ray from 1967. For Inner Time of Television (2007), they collaborated with film essayist Chris Marker to install his 13-part television series on Greek philosophy, The Owl’s Legacy (1989). Though screened in France and the U.K., the series was never broadcast in Greece, intensifying the restorative aspect of the project. The Radiant (2012) addresses the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan, traveling back and forth in time to question the ethics and consequences of atomic energy.

The Otolith Group was short-listed for the Turner Prize in 2010. In addition to co-organizing The Ghosts of Songs: A Retrospective of the Black Audio Film Collective 1982–1998, FACT, Liverpool, and Arnolfini, Bristol (2007), and Harun Farocki: 21 Films, Tate Modern, London (2009), the group has been featured in solo presentations at Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels (2007), The Showroom and Gasworks, London (2009), MACBA, Barcelona (2011), Bétonsalon, Paris (2011), MAXXI, Rome (2011–12), and Project 88, Mumbai (2012). The group has participated in numerous group exhibitions including New British Art, Tate Triennial, London (2006), Ecotopia, ICP Triennial, New York (2006), Translocalmotion, Shanghai Biennial (2008), Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain (2010–11), There is always a cup of sea to sail in, Sao Paulo Biennial (2010), In the Days of the Comet, British Art Show 7, Hayward Gallery, London (2010), and Documenta 13 (2012). The Otolith Group is based in London.

Source: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

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Ghosts, Spies And Grandmothers At Mediacity Seoul 2014 Ocula Report Ghosts, Spies And Grandmothers At Mediacity Seoul 2014 16 Sep 2014 : Jeesun Park for Ocula

Much has already been said about the fast-paced development and break-neck modernization of Asia but what has been largely forgotten in these breathless accounts is the importance of its history. In order to understand contemporary Asia one needs to look into the past, look more closely at its regional diversity and draw connections to local...

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Mediacity Seoul 2014: Ghosts, Spies, And Grandmothers Ocula Report Mediacity Seoul 2014: Ghosts, Spies, And Grandmothers 15 Sep 2014 : Becca Voelcker for Ocula

Since its foundation in 2000, Seoul’s contemporary art biennial, Mediacity, aims to represent the city’s identity as a hub of media and technology. With an exhibition on three floors of Seoul Museum of Art, and a programme of screenings in the Korean Film Museum, Mediacity surveys the current climate in art production, shifting its...

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S. Alice Mong Ocula Conversation S. Alice Mong Executive Director, Asia Society, Hong Kong

S. Alice Mong became the Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center in 2012. Prior to joining the Asia Society, Ms Mong worked for almost a decade in New York, where as Director of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) she was responsible for transforming MOCA from a New York Chinatown institution to a leading national museum. Ms Mong...

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Richard Armstrong Ocula Conversation Richard Armstrong Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York

Richard Armstrong is the Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. As well as managing the foundation he oversees the Guggenheim Museum in New York as well as the Peggy Guggenheim collection in Venice, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Deutsche Guggenheim and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi due for completion in 2017. Prior to this...

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13th Sharjah Biennial Related Press 13th Sharjah Biennial Frieze : 15 March 2017

Tamawuj, the Arabic title chosen by curator Christine Tohmé for the 13th Sharjah Biennial, is hard to disambiguate. It means 'a rising and falling in waves; a flowing, swelling, surging, fluctuation; a wavy undulating appearance outline or form.' An apt choice for a biennial that tries to liquefy the traditional format of a centralized event and...

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Gwangju Biennale art festival to open next week Related Press Gwangju Biennale art festival to open next week The Korea Times : 30 August 2016

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Gwangju Biennale, Asia's oldest contemporary art biennale, is set to kick off in the southwest city of Gwangju next week, the festival's foundation said Friday.During the ceremony, set to start at the plaza in front of the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Halo at 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Park Yang-woo, chief of...

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The 11th Gwangju Biennale: An interview with Maria Lind, artistic director, and Michelle Wong, assistant curator Related Press The 11th Gwangju Biennale: An interview with Maria Lind, artistic director, and Michelle Wong, assistant curator My Art Guides : 29 August 2016

Could you tell us something more about the concept The Eight Climate (What does art do?), this year’s biennial theme?Maria Lind: Imagine that you are walking on a ramp leading from one floor to the next in a big exhibition space. In the corner of your eye you notice something on the long smooth white wall: in one place it looks like...

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The intangible art of gimjang Related Press The intangible art of gimjang Art Review : 29 August 2016

About two months ago, T and I went to Southwest London’s K-Town (otherwise known as New Malden, an area that has one of the largest communities of expat Koreans in Europe) in search of pickles. As we were exploring our way through plates of assorted preserved vegetables, with staff and fellow diners eyeing our particular menu choices, one...

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