23.11.2021 - Day 2: Migration And Diaspora in Korea

Day 2: Migration And Diaspora in Korea
Migration and Diaspora in Korea has a variety of aspects. Through artworks and artists dealing with various forms of ‘Migration and Diaspora’ that have occurred through modern history, we look at the ‘Migration and Diaspora’ of Korea that we face today.

[Screening, short lecture and Q&A]

Diaspora: 'settlement', 'homogeneity' and 'identity'
23.11.2021, 10 - 12 h
Aula, hardenbergstr.33
English, Moderator - Lijung Choi

This session is also available via Webex Meetings: please, take the link announced at the following session.

Director and Professor Soyoung Kim, who is working on the theme of ‘Diaspora’ explores Korean films at the border and outside. The director talks about settlement, homogeneity and identity through the movie ‘Goodbye My Love, North Korea’. ‘Goodbye My Love, North Korea’ is a story about 8 North Koreans who went to Moscow Film School in 1952, and sought political asylum in 1958 after denouncing KIM Ilsung. Their lives as Koreans and as filmmakers are captured through images from Moscow to Kazakhstan. After the Screening there will be a short lecture and Q&A time.

Soyoung Kim is Professor of Cinema Studies at Korean National University of Arts, chief editor of Trans: Journal of Visual Culture Studies, and editorial collective member for Inter-Asia Cultural Studies and Traces: A multilingual Journal of Cultural Theory and Translation. Author of Specters of Modernity: Fantastic Korean Cinema; Soyoung Kim’'s Film Reviews; Cinema: Blue Flower in the Land of Technology, editor of Cine-Feminism: Reading popular Cinema; and director of Koryu: Southern Women and South
Korea, opening film for the 3rd Seoul Women's Film Festival and in competition at Yamagata documentary Film Festival, 2001; and other short films made for women filmmakers' collective in late 80s. Soyoung Kim has directed the Women’s History Documentary Trilogy <Koryu: Southern Women, South Korea>(2000), <I’ll Be Seeing Her>(2002), and <New Woman: Her First Song>(2004), as well as the feature film Viewfinder. She was previously invited as the Guest of Honor for the Guanajuato
International Film Festival. KIM also directed the full-length documentary <Drifting City>(2015), and an exile trilogy epic about the Eurasian Korean’s diaspora <Heart of Snow>, <Heart of Blood>, <Sound of Nomad: Koryo Arirang>, and <Goodbye My Love, North Korea>.

[Artist talk]

Migration: 'mental migration’ , ‘women's migration’ and ‘land’
23.11.2021, 13 - 14 h
English, Moderator - Lijung Choi

This session takes place via Webex Meetings:
Meeting-Kennnummer (Zugriffscode): 2734 975 5883
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Artist Chan Sook Choi work on "Migration" as the main theme. The theme is derived from the themes of ‘mental migration’ , ‘women's migration’ and ‘land’. Based on her work "Re-move," "Yangji-ri," and "Qbit to Adam," it explores the historical characteristics of individuals in Korean migration. In lecture, Chan-sook choi will present the project ‘Re-move’ that based on the autobiographical research (2010-present) on 'Migrant Women after WWII’, ‘Yangjiri’ which is the DMZ town that communal society for migrants, founded under military control to propagate North Korea. And the ‘Qbit to Adam’; referring to quantum bits as a unit of measurement for subatomic particles on the one hand, and to the Hebrew word adamah (earth, ground) on the other, Chan Sook Choi’s series combines different perspectives on the connection between information and the seizure of land.

Chan Sook Choi’s narratological experiments with physical movement and spiritual migration apply a genre-spanning multidisciplinary methodology as they are realized in forms such as exhibitions, lectures, performances, and publications. She personally seeks out and collects the different fragments that arise from migration, creating not fixed substance but fluid topography and new locality. In 2008, Choi won the grand prize at an international media art competition hosted by Bibliart and
Pergamon Museum (Berlin). In 2009, she was awarded an Elsa Neumann Scholarship, a program by the city of Berlin to support emerging artists. She was selected in 2017 as a “visual artist of the year” by the Ilse Augustin Foundation, which is affiliated with City Museum Berlin. Her first introduction to Korean viewers came with her 2010 selection for the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture’s NArT support program for young artists. Since then, she has been selected as “Tomorrow’s Artist” by Sungkok Art Museum (2012), received a Young Artist Prize from Alternative Space Loop (2015), and chosen for the Seoul Museum of Art’s Young Artist Support Program (2017). She has presented her work at the National Theater of Korea “National Brand Performance,” Kunsthal Aarhus in Denmark, Ars Electronica, and the National Museum of Modern and
Contemporary Art, Korea. She has held solo exhibitions at Sungkok Art Museum (Seoul), Grimm Museum (Berlin), Humboldt Forum (Berlin), Art Sonje Center (Seoul), and the Digital Art Center Taipei.