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Installation at DMZ
Artist Lee Eun-sook highlights tragedy of separated families
To mark the 60th anniversary since the armistice of the Korean War, globally-acclaimed installation artist Lee Eun-sook has dedicated her latest work along the wired fence located in the border village of Imjingak, north of Seoul. Lee experiments with her materials and light as a sculptural element. The tragic war theme is reflected in her use of old photographic images from the 1950–53 fratricidal war in the Korean Peninsula with iconic florescent threads and translucent polyester film panels. In particular, she highlights the millions of families who were forced to separate in the two Koreas as a result of the civil war.
To mark the opening of the exhibit, there will be a special sparkler event on Saturday starting at 6:30pm. To make things easier for those without cars, a free shuttle bus to the venue will depart from Gyeongbokgung Palace’s parking lot at 4:30pm Saturday.
VENUE: Imjingak Village
PERIOD: Feb 23–Mar 10
MORE INFO: www.eunsooklee.com
GETTING THERE: Various bus lines available from Paju City Hall
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Following its resounding success here in early 2012, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is returning to Korea for a two-day concert program from Feb 28 to March 1. Under the skillful baton of Dutch maestro Bernard Haitink, the orchestra will present Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea interludes, Mozart’s piano concerto No. 17, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 on the first day. The second-day program will be devoted to Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 2 and Anton Bruckner’s symphony No. 9, featuring the seasoned pianist Maria Joao Pires as a collaborator. Founded in 1904, LSO is the oldest of London’s symphony orchestras.
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
Rachael Yamagata—Live in Seoul
American singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata is coming to Seoul, hoping to expand her fan base here following the notable success of her concert tours in Korea last year. This time, she will cater to her younger, more devoted fans, performing at Ewha Womans University’s Samsung Hall on Feb 23 and 24. Yamagata became the vocalist for the Chicago group Bumpus and spent six years touring, writing, and recording with the band before leaving in 2001 to begin a solo career. Her songs have appeared on numerous television shows and she has collaborated with other musicians, including Jason Mraz, Rhett Miller, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams, Toots and the Maytals, and Ray Lamontagne.
An alternative rock trio formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Ben Folds Five is making its first appearance in Korea with a Feb 24 concert. Consisting of lead vocalist Ben Folds, bassist Robert Sledge, and percussionist Darren Jessee, the group achieved mainstream success in the alternative, indie, and pop music scenes. The band is best known for the hit single “Brick” from their 1997 album Whatever and Ever Amen, which gained airplay on many mainstream radio stations. Though disbanded in 2000, the trio reunited in 2008, releasing a new album titled The Sound of the Life of the Mind.
VENUE: Uniqlo AX
DATE: Feb 24, 6pm
ADMISSION: 110,000 won
MORE INFO: T. 02-563-0595
GETTING THERE: Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 2
Thee Oh Sees—First Live Show in Seoul
The San Francisco-based pop band Thee Oh Sees is holding a concert in Korea for the first time on Feb 24. The band is noted for its prolific album releases as well as its energetic live shows, featuring Dwyer on guitar and vocals, Brigid Dawson on vocals and tambourine, Petey Dammit on bass, and Mike Shoun on drums. In 2007–8, the band released two hit albums under the German Tomlab label. Thee Oh Sees returned in September 2012 with Putrifiers II, an album combining Castlemania‘s fractured pop sensibilities and Carrion Crawler/The Dream‘s ferocious rock experimentation.
The Korea Foundation and the Australia–Korea Foundation have joined hands for the presentation of a multifaceted exhibition that introduces diverse aspects of the culture and people of Australia.
The exhibition also includes various public programs, such as the special lecture “Redefining Australia” (Feb. 21) It is our great pleasure to invite you to this interesting exhibition.
VENUE: The Korea Foundation Cultural Center
PERIOD: Feb 14–Mar 7
MORE INFO: T. 02-2151-6520, www.kf.or.kr
GETTING THERE: Mirae Asset CENTER 1: Euljiro 1-ga Station 을지로입구역 (Line 2), Exit 4. Turn left along Hana Bank. The bldg. is located behind SKT Tower.
AWC MARDI GRAS
Drinks, dinner, entertainment, live music, and a silent auction at the
American Women’s Club of Korea’s Mardi Gras 2013 masquerade charity ball. Grand Raffle Prize: two business class tickets courtesy of United Airlines to any city in the United States served by United.
VENUE: Renaissance Hotel
DATE: Feb 23, 7pm–Feb 24, 2am
Theme: Masquerade Party
MORE INFO: www.facebook.com/awc.seoul
GETTING THERE: Yeoksam Station 역삼역 (Line 2), Exit 8
World Sword Swallowers Day with Murray Molloy
Internationally acclaimed Irish sword swallower Murray Molloy will perform his mind-blowing version of the ancient Indian art of sword swallowing in Platoon Kunsthalle on Feb 23 to celebrate World Sword Swallowers Day. Molloy is one of only one hundred performing sword swallowers on the planet, and of these, one of twenty-five that swallow curved swords, and one of the ten that swallow multiple swords at once! His repetoire also includes escapology, clown, comedy, fire manipulation, fakirism, pirotechnics, and contortionism.
VENUE: Platoon Kunsthalle
DATE: Feb 23
MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/mrmurraymolloy
RAS-KB Tour: Kiln Tour–Korean Pottery & Porcelain in Icheon Area
We will visit some famous kilns to see some time-honored traditions at work. Traditionally, the important ingredients in making porcelain were good quality kaolin and large quantities of firewood. Kaolin was only found in some areas of the country, and the best kaolin close to the capital was found around Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do. There were also heavily wooded areas nearby, and the Han River provided a transportation route for moving raw materials to the kilns and finished products to the capital and beyond, so the nearby town of Icheon became the production center for much of Korea’s most famous porcelain.
DATE: Feb 23
COST: 39,000 won for members and 46,800 won for non-members
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