Opening August 8th, the festival features internationally prominent Korean new media artists such as Beikyoung Lee, Cheol-Woong Sim, Chan Sook Choi, Hahkyung Darline Kim, Haru Ji and Graham Wakefield, Yoon Chung Han and Eunsu Kang all exhibiting for the first time in tandem on the contemporary art world stage in New York City. The Korean Media Arts Festival 2019 is organized by the Donghwa Cultural Foundation and sponsored by the Korea Foundation. Co-curators of Technoimagination, Odelette Cho of SWPK and Kyung Ran Joo of FUSE Art Project, have selected the most compelling emerging, talented new media artists for this groundbreaking festival.
Probing the nature of psychological and physical space, these artists will exhibit immersive projects arranged according to three themes related to Technoimagination: Memories in Time and Space and Living Data. Each theme arranges works by Beikyoung Lee, Cheol-Woong Sim, Chan Sook Choi, and Hahkyung Darline Kim, Haru Ji and Graham Wakefield, Yoon Chung Han and Eunsu Kang, respectively. Memories in Time and Space offers multi-sensory environments for experiencing sensations which have charted the evolution of South Korean history, while Living Data balances a multidisciplinary approach to interactive media, charting both objective and subjective responses to stimuli across arts and science in a gallery environment.
Artists on view in the Korean Media Arts Festival in New York City represent thought leaders in the field of contemporary art and interactive / new media, and regularly exhibit across the US, Asia and Europe. Following trends such as the Gwangju and Busan biennials, Korean art stands at the forefront of art and technology on the international stage. The 2019 Korean Media Arts Festival, Technoimagination, at SWPK in partnership with Fuse Art Project and Harvestworks, presents luminaries working across new media art in the Korean diaspora to New York City’s SWPK for a bright, shining moment from August 8 through October 27, 2019.