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Mediacity Seoul 2012: Olga Viso’s Top Picks

While in South Korea for the 2012 Gwangju Biennale, I visited the main venue of the 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale — Mediacity Seoul 2012 — at the Seoul Museum of Art. The title of this installment was Spell on You, which was meant to conjure the deluge of media and its effects we […]

While in South Korea for the 2012 Gwangju Biennale, I visited the main venue of the 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale — Mediacity Seoul 2012 — at the Seoul Museum of Art. The title of this installment was Spell on You, which was meant to conjure the deluge of media and its effects we are witnessing in contemporary culture. This theme, set by artistic director Jinsang YOO, professor of Kaywan School of Art and Design, seemed apt in a digital media city like Seoul defined by its commitment to advancing technology and myriad technological industries in the country.

My top picks, out of the 49 participating artists from 20 countries.

1. Zbyněk Baladrán’s diagrammatic lecture Model of the Universe, 2009

2. Till Nowak’s digital creations of impossible amusement parks

Till Nowak, High Altitude Conveyance System, 2011. Photo: Framebox.de

Till Nowak, The Centrifuge Brain Project, 2011. Photo: Framebox

3. Akram Zaatari’s melancholic typewritten love story on film Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright, 2010

4. David Claerbout’s  black and white montage of 600 different views of the same “happy moment” on an Algerian rooftop

David Claerbout, The Algiers’ Sections of A Happy Moment, 2008. Courtesy the artist and Yvon Lambert

5. Dennis Feser’s absurd performance before the camera, staged on a rooftop overlooking Frankfurt using tape and celery

Dennis Feser, Vertical Distractions, 2010. Photo: Dennis Feser

6. 3D video installations by Robert Lepage, Sarah Kenderdine, and Jeffrey Shaw that create a projected theatrical space that visitors can experience in the round

7. Donghee Koo’s melancholic quest on camera as a man searches for a manmade stream using a divining rod

Donghee Koo, Under the vein; I spell on you, 2012. Photo: Mediacity Seoul

8. Ryota Kuwakubo’s hypnotic shadow installation, The Tenth Sentiment (2010), created using a child’s train set and light

9. Hong Seung-Hye’s minimal projections of rectangles on the wall and floor

Hong Seung-Hye, The Sentimental 8_Complementary Installation, 2012. Photo: Mediacity Seoul

10. Zimoun’s audio recording of 25 woodworms consuming a piece of wood

11. Daito Manabe & Motoi Ishibashi’s mesmerizing installation Particles involving an 8-spiral rail with animated balls of LED lights

12. Robert Overweg’s haunting still photographs of the precipitous edges of landscapes in video games

Robert Overweg, The end of the virtual world 4, Modern warfare 2, 2010. Photo: ShotbyRobert.com