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Seoyoung Kim

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Seoyoung Kim is curator and art historian based in Berlin, Germany. After finishing her studies in Art History and East Asian Art History, she received degrees of History and Cultural Studies from Freie Universitaet Berlin. Her present research focuses on understanding concepts and strategies of open spaces within the demilitarized zone (border area) that could transform sections of it to be publicly accessible. Her main research fields are Korean Modern and Contemporary Art.

Formerly, she was chief curator of Die Neue Aktionsgalerie (DNA Berlin). She has utilized her knowledge of art history in Asia-pacific arts within European and American Art. Her experience has led her to be contracted by international fellowships and participate in collaborations with museums, institutions, and galleries, that include "Trienal no Alentejo" (2013) on Tatsumi Orimoto Perfomance with 500 Grandmothers in Lisboa, "Videonale 14" (2013) on Retrospective Gary Hill at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, "ARCO" (2013) in Madrid among others. Moreover, it has allowed her to network with artists and curators on an international level, creating an avenue for in depth analysis of international culture and arts. Her recent curatorial works include "Making Border: Afterimages and Projections" (2015), "Topological Constellation: Art and Architecture” (2014) and "Res(v)olution: Temporary Screening" (2013) at the DNA Berlin. And she organized “Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage on the Korean Peninsula” (2013) at the Asian Art Museum, National Museums in Berlin, while she involved in the planning of the research project at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. Currently she also participated in the curatorial workshop jointly organized by Tate London and Mori Art Museum Tokyo (2014).

She has received grants from Arts Council Korea for international exchanges and collaborations (2011-2013), with which she is developing her curatorial project: "A Radical Place". Also she is the recipient of the Research Grant (2013), while she registered Visiting Researcher Program (2013-2014) in Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States, and of the Travel Grant for Curatorial Workshop (2014) from Korea Arts Management Service / Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Korea.

Her recent edited and co-edited publications include: "On the Systematic Preparation for Cultural Exchanges in the Korean Peninsula, with Germany as the Case Study”, in: North Korean Atlas. Seoul: DAMDI Architecture Publishing. 2014, Allgemeines Kuenstlerlexikon. Die Bildenden Kuenstler aller Zeiten und Voelker, Band 78/80. Contrib. Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter. 2013/2014, A Radical Place, Seoul: Mediabus. 2013, Reception of western painting in Korea, Thesis. Berlin: Free University of Berlin. 2013.

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Making Border: Afterimages and Projections

February 13 - March 31, 2015

Curated by Seoyoung Kim, in collaboration with Dongsei Kim

Borders are ubiquitous. Their instrumentality and regulatory forces are embedded in our daily lives. Embedded in the expansive and dispersed trajectories of border manifestations, there exist multiple representations thus multivalent understanding of borders. However, one fundamental idea that could weave these drastically different manifestations of borders is their relationship to time.

The DNA Berlin exhibition, “Making Border: Afterimages and Projections” presents works of Mariam Ghani, Dongsei Kim and Yuichiro Tamura that highlight how the expansive contemporary borders are understood through fluctuations over time. The exhibition explicitly engages animation techniques “afterimages and projections” to explore how flow of time frames dynamic understanding of contemporary borders, and how it accentuates the contingent and fluctuating contemporary border discourses as instruments of exclusion and inclusion.

Under the umbrella of animations, afterimages and projections of borders reveal memories, histories, turning points of social changes which become the main focus of this exhibition.This kind of reflection can be regarded as representing both implicit and explicit nature of social meanings in contemporary borders within Going Gone Gone (2009)and Permanent Transit (2001/2) of Mariam Ghani, A Construct The Koreas (Never) Made Together Deconstructing the DMZ For The Imaginary (2014) and Uncovering the Agency of Unknown Armistice Maps: The First Iteration (2015) of Dongsei Kim as well as Two Shadows (2015) and Nightless Vol. 11 (2015) of Yuichiro Tamura.

The exhibition is part of a long-term project, “The Attached Map: Uncovering the Unknown Armistice Maps” a collaboration between Dongsei Kim (architect and educator) and Seoyoung Kim (curator and art historian). It intends to explore the fundamental implications of borders in contested social spaces through uncovering, and making it accessible to the public, the less-known illustrated maps of the Armistice Agreement. This Armistice Agreement of 1953 is the founding document that forms the current Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea today.

Dongsei Kim is an architect, urbanist, and educator. He currently teaches at Korea University, Seoul, Korea and at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. He holds degrees from Harvard University, Columbia University, and Victoria University of Wellington. His ongoing research on the Demilitarized Zone in Korea was recently exhibited in the Golden Lion Award winning “Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula” at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. He has published numerous articles in international journals, books and presented his work in multiple international conferences. He is a registered architect with NZRAB and member of the NZIA since 2007. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne.

Seoyoung Kim is curator and art historian based in Berlin, Germany. She received degrees of History and Cultural Studies from Freie Universität Berlin. Her present research focuses on understanding concepts and strategies of open spaces within the Demilitarized Zone that could transform sections of it to be publicly accessible. Her recent curatorial works include “Topological Constellation: Art and Architecture” at the DNA Berlin (2014) and “Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage on the Korean Peninsula” at the Asian Art Museum, National Museums in Berlin (2013). She also participated in the curatorial workshop jointly organized by Tate London and Mori Art Museum Tokyo (2014).

Mariam Ghani is an artist, filmmaker, writer, and educator based in Brooklyn, NYC. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts, New York and a Bachelor of Art from New York University. In her work, she deals with place, memory and language, that reconstruct spatial history across time frames. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, such as at the New Museum (2014), dOCUMENTA 13 (2012), Museum of Modern Art in New York (2011), Sharjah Biennials 10 and 8 (2011, 2009), National Gallery in Washington D.C (2008), Tate Modern in London (2007), Liverpool Biennial (2004), Transmediale in Berlin (2003).

Yuichiro Tamura is an artist, based in Tokyo, Japan. He holds a Master of Film and Media from Tokyo University of the Arts, a Bachelor of Photograhy from Nihon University. He was guest researcher of the Institut für Raumexperiment, Olafur Eliasson class at the Berlin University of Arts, according to the Artist Overseas Training Program promoted by Agency for Cultural Affairs. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, such as at the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin (2014), Mediacity Seoul (2014), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2014, 2010), Art Basel Hongkong (2013), Tokyo Wonder Site (2012), Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2012, 2011), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (2011), BankArt Studio Yokohama (2009).

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