Media City Seoul


11 Sep - 04 Nov 2012

Spell on You
11 September – 4 November 2012

Curators: Jinsang Yoo, Yukiko Shikata, Dooeun Choi, Olof van Winden

Adel Abdessemed, Marina Abramović, Romy Achituv, Zbyněk Baladrán, Bang&Lee, Maurice Benayoun, blablabLAB, David Bowen, Jae-eun Choi, David Claerbout, dNA (doubleNegatives Architecture), everyware, exonemo, Dennis Feser, Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Dominic Gagnon, Haque Design+Research, Jonathan Harris & Sep Kamvar, Jenny Holzer, Hong Seung-Hye, HONG Sungmin, HYBE, Ryoji Ikeda, Yeondoo Jung, Floris Kaayk, So Kanno & Takahiro Yamaguchi, JK Keller, Jeong Han Kim & BiKE Lab., Kichul Kim, Won Hwa Kim, Aaron Koblin & Chris Milk, Donghee Koo, Ryota Kuwakubo, Robert Lepage, Sarah Kenderdine, Jeffrey Shaw, Alessandro Ludovico & Paolo Cirio, Eric Maillet, Daito Manabe & Motoi Ishibashi, Nathaniel Mellors, Seiko Mikami, Joon Y. Moon, NMARA(Zune Lee, Kenny Kyungmi Kim), Till Nowak, Robert Overweg, Jon Satrom, Gordan Savičić & Bengt Sjölén, Jens Wunderling, Ji-Hyun Yoon & Taiyun Kim, Akram Zaatari, Zimoun

Since 2000, the ‘Seoul International Media Art Biennale’, also known as ‘Mediacity’ has been hosting the event every two years. So far, Mediacity has been introducing new and exciting interdisciplinary practices of media art, drawing on influences of contemporary science, philosophy, and new technology. Now reaching the 7thedition, the biennale aims to show a multitude of interests that captivates the world of contemporary media art today. During the past twelve years, the biennale explored wide-ranging themes including: City: between 0 and 1 (2000) which embraced new promising possibilities of digital media and network while envisioning a new future for the city. In 2002, Lunar’s Flow aimed to disentangle the relation between digital art and the aesthetics of the sublime, and in 2004, Digital Homo Ludens (2004) offered numerous interpretations and revelations about the concept of game and play that stems from online digital interface. Dual Realities in (2006) explored the interrelation between illusion and reality; Turn and Widen(2008) focused on the development of new media, offering a new critical perspective of tensions between traditional and digital media. And most recently,Trust (2010) investigated ways in which media impacts our everyday lives in a broader social-political context.
The 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale will open from 11th September ~ 4thNovember 2012. The theme of this year’s biennale is ‘Spell On You’. This proposes to imagine a vision for a new world and society in two ways. On the one hand, it will show how the recent production of new technology and social media is generating various renewals in social communication and exchange. On the other hand, it aims to reinterpret art and technology in an attempt to re-envision our future, and find alternative ways of living. Against this background, this exhibition will highlight the notion of a ‘Spell’ to convey active and direct modes of communication. It is hope that ‘Mediacity’ can bring an illuminating insight into the current dynamic shifts in contemporary art and technology.
‘Spell On You’ brings together works by approximately fifty artists from all over the world. Jinsang Yoo is the artistic director of the 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, and he will be joined by three renowned curators of contemporary media art; Yukiko Shikata (Independent curator based in Tokyo), Olof van Winden (Director of Netherlands Media Art Institute, NIMk), and Dooeun Choi (Co-curator of The Zero1 festival at San Jose).

Tags: Adel Abdessemed, Marina Abramović, Zbynek Baladran, Jae-Eun Choi, Paolo Cirio, David Claerbout, Ma Han, Jenny Holzer, Ryoji Ikeda, Yeondoo Jung, Aaron Koblin, Nathaniel Mellors, Nina Fischer / Maroan El Sani, Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Hong Seung-Hye, Ai Yamaguchi, Akram Zaatari, Zimoun