• Date: 12 December 2014 – 22 February 2015
  • Venue: PLAZA del AGUA, Mar del Plata / Argentina

Soon Yul Kang is participating in the fourth edition of the End of the World Biennale (La Bienal del Fin del Mundo) held in Mar del Plata in Argentina. The Biennale invited 140 artists from 35 countries and five continents. The theme of the Biennale, titled “Contrasts & Utopias”, has been organized by the artistic director Massimo Scaringella with curatorial teams of Vittoria Biasi, Ricardo Cadenas, Fortunata Calabrò, Alessandro Demma, Micol Di Veroli, Loredana Manca, Justo Pastor Mellado, Rafael Raddi, Daniel Rangel, Yin Rong. The Biennale exhibitions and other events take place in various locations, Ushuaia in Argentina, the Chilean cities of Valparaíso and Punta Arenas and continue until March 2015.

Soon Yul Kang completed a circular form of diameter 180cm on the white wall creating a meditative atmosphere with her hand writing of the Korean word of 사랑 [sarang] (LOVE) repeatedly. She shows it in conjunction with two panels of paper collage works of the words of AMOR and LOVE and seven small offerings as white prayer.

Soon Yul Kang Biennale Project 2014

Soon Yul Kang writing the word 사랑 (sarang) as part of her Biennale project, 2014

“My work explores how the concept of white is used as a fundamental and universal symbol of pure love. White is the colour most often associated with innocence, purity, freshness and new beginnings. It is the opposite of black and contrasts light with darkness, day with night and good with evil. White is interpreted similarly in Eastern and Western cultures. Understanding the symbolic meanings of white in the circle of life, whether it is for birth, marriage or death is at the core of understanding pure love. Love is central to living in modern civilised society, love for nature, love of society, love of one’s religion, love between countries and races and love between individual human beings. In the modern world we use all kinds of technology to communicate, but it is still only by using our hand to write the words do we really convey a sense of feeling and intimacy. Concentration on circular form through the hand writing of the word LOVE (사랑 in Korean) repeatedly is a ritual as ZEN meditation practice towards awakening.”

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THE4th EDITION OF THE END OF THE WORLD BIENNALE

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The 4th End of the World Biennale 2014 / 2015 delves into cultural, environmental and ecological topics for the purpose of generating interdisciplinary spaces for thought, for which it was created in 2007 and further carried forward in the successive 2009 and 2011 editions. This edition, held at venues in Argentina and Chile, will open the section of the Argentine city of Mar del Plata on December 12, 2014 through to February 22, 2015. In addition, an Agreement on Environment and Contemporary Art will be entered into on February 7 in the most southern city in Argentina, Ushuaia. In turn, the section in the Chilean city of Valparaíso will be opened on January 31 and will last until March 31, 2015, while the section of the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas will be opened from February 3 through March 31, 2015.

This fourth edition, titled “Contrasts & Utopias“, pursues and strengthens the inquiries from previous editions into contemporary issues, in order to suggest new contributions to our motto —“thinking, at the end of the world, what other world is possible”—, and is part of the project called “South Pole for Arts, Sciences, Tourism & Ecology”.

The 4th End of the World Biennial will witness the participation of about 140 international artists from 35 countries, with side events and actions promoting culture and tourism, and with Italy as the guest of honor.

President
Alberto Grottesi Errazu
Artistic Director
Massimo Scaringella

Curatorial Committee
Vittoria Biasi, Ricardo Cadenas, Fortunata Calabrò, Alessandro Demma,Micol Di Veroli, Loredana Manca, Justo Pastor Mellado, Rafael Raddi, Daniel Rangel, Yin Rong

Sponsored by
Argentine Presidency
Argentine Ministry of Culture
Argentine Ministry of Social Development
Ministry of Tourism
Municipality of General Pueyrredón – Mar del Plata – Batán
Mar del Plata Department of Culture
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International
Cooperation – “Italia’s Year in Latin America”
Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism
Italian Embassy in Argentina
IGAV – Garuzzo Institute for Contemporary Art
Federculture
Rome Academy of Fine Arts
Supported by
National Music Institute (Argentina)
Obras Sanitarias S.E. MGP and Ceramic School Rogelio Yrurtia (Mar del Plata)
Italian Culture Institute in Buenos Aires – Korean Cultural Center in Buenos Aires
University of Delaware (USA) – Department of Art Office of Undergraduate Research
Arts and humanities research Counsil AHRC (United Kingdom)
Yokohama College of Art & Design and World Art and Culture Exchange (Japan)
Elinn Light and Moto Identity Design Group (Korea) – United Overseas Bank UOB (Thailand)
Bolivarian Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Marta (Colombia)
Prometeo Gallery of Ida Pisani at Milano (Italy)

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Minjung Baek

Pianist Minjung Baek has two recitals coming up: at St Mary’s Perivale on Wednesday 29th October and at the LSE on 13 November. More details below:

St Mary’s Perivale

Wednesday 29th October, 7.30 pm
Perivale Lane, Perivale, Middlesex, UB6 8SS [Map]

Programme

Scarlatti : Two sonatas
Chopin : Polonaise-Fantasie Op.61
Rachmaninov : Etude-Tableau in C minor Op33 no 3
Rachmaninov : Variations on a theme of Corelli Op 42

with
Alena Lugovkina (flute)
Andrey Lebedev (guitar)

Pujol: Suite Buenos Aires
Nelegatti: Tres Temas Argentinas
Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango

Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand

The winner of 2012 Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Competition, MinJung Baek was born in South Korea, and by eleven she had won fifty Korean national competitions. Later, she won top prizes at several international piano competitions including the 2012 Ernesto Falla, the 2012 Concorso Nuovi Orizzonti and 2006 the Rachmaninoff Piano Competition, which led to concerts playing Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos nos 1 & 2 & the Paganini Rhapsody in one concert, in both Ukraine and Italy. She made her orchestral debut when aged 10, and since then has performed and broadcast extensively all over the world. Recent highlights include her UK debut at the prestigious venues including Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall. She completed her Master of performance with distinction and the prestigious Artist Diploma as a full scholarship student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and also studied at Mannes college of Music in New York, and Artist Diploma at the world famous Accademia Pianistica Internazionale “Incontri col maestro” di Imola, Italy.

London School of Economics

Thursday 13 November 2014, 1.05-2pm
Venue: Shaw Library, Old Building, Houghton Street (Off the Aldwych [Map])

Programme

F.Chopin – Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23
D.Scarlatti – Sonata in C major, K.159 & in G major, K.427
F.Liszt – Sonata in B minor, S.178
M.Ravel – La Valse

Winner of the 2012 Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Competition and a performer in music festivals around the world as soloist and chamber musician

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ or contact us at events@lse.ac.uk or 0207 955 6043.

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Here is a video of the opening performance of the Korea Chronicles residency at the KCC, by Jason Verney of Native Nomad Pictures.

The film features the 12th August performances and concert in its entirety, along with added extras – the preparation beforehand, the artwork associated with the KAA’s, rehearsals and more.

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Chronicles

The Korean Artists Association UK (KAA) presents its annual showcase at the Korean Cultural Centre in August 2014. The theme of this year’s event is Korea Chronicles. Generally, Chronicles are a historical account of facts and events set in chronological order as in a timeline. This has inspired the KAA to show the development of the arts and music of Korea from traditional to contemporary, and with some historical figures.

Performers

with Guest Musicians Dayena Song (kayagum) and Sung Young Ji & Gina Ha-Gorlin (percussion)

Participating Artists

Magenta Kang
Soon Yul Kang
Tae Hyung Kim
Jeong Min Moon
Miso Park
Tommy Seo
Feleppa Seo
Suki Berwick
Bo Ram Lee
Jiwon Ree
Dong Hoon Choi
Woo Hyeon Kwon
Sang Mee Jang
Joohee Chun
Danbi Choi
Kitty Jun Im

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Korea Chronicles: the teaser video

13 July 2014 KAA official events news

Thanks to Simeon Lumgair of Quirky Motion for this teaser trailer for the KAA’s summer residency at the Korean Cultural Centre, 12 – 30 August 2014.

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Shin Yoon Seok in Seoul Arts Center concert

3 July 2014 Member events and news

KAA member Shin Yoon Seok is performing at the Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall, South Korea on 26 July 2014 at 8pm. The programme will include: Saint-Saëns: ‘Carnival of the Animals’ with Seoul Amore Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Hee Tae Seo (Music Director in Korean Drama ‘Beethoven Virus’) Pianists: Yoon-Seok Shin & Insun Kim Narrator: Yoo […]

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A Korean Music Night in Bulgaria

1 June 2014 Member events and news

Four KAA members, Ji Eun Jung, Sung Min Jeon, Hye Lim Kim and So Hyun Park, will be presenting a Korean Music Night on 5 June in Sofia’s National Palace of Culture, in an initiative promoted by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Bulgaria.

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Catherine Lee and Minjung Baek at Blackheath Halls

1 June 2014 Member events and news

Cellist Catherine Lee will be accompanied by pianist Minjung Baek in a lunchtime duo recital at Blackheath Hall (Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music), 9 June 2014 at 1.10pm. The exact venue is The Recital Room, Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ No tickets are required. Programme: Brahms Cello Sonata No.2 in F Major, […]

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Bridging Colours – White: Yong Min Cho at Asia House and Venice.

26 May 2014 Member events and news

Details of the final performance linked to Yong Min Cho’s Asia House residency have been announced. Tickets can be reserved via the Asia House website. Also below are details of a subsequent performance in Venice on 18 June. Bridging Colours – White Dance and Music Performance Asia House | 63 New Cavendish St | London […]

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Shin Yoon Seok to perform at Sejong Art Center, Seoul

27 April 2014 Member events and news

KAA member Shin Yoon Seok is giving a piano recital at the prestigious Sejong Art Center in Seoul on 26 May 2014 at 7:30pm. The programme is as follows: Haydn Piano Sonata No 47 in B minor, Hob XVI:32 Chopin Nocturne in B major, Op 32 No 1 Nocturne in C# minor, Op post Mozart […]

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합 Collaboration – a review of the exhibition by Vittoria Biasi

17 November 2013 Events reports

The Collaboration exhibition at the Korean Cultural Centre in London is an important event organised by The Korean Artists Association in the UK. The Korean Cultural Centre’s project gives priority to spreading the knowledge of oriental creative thought with annual exhibitions in which the KAA member artists express their ideas through art in different media. […]

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Soon Yul Kang (강순열) at Piers Feetham Gallery

3 November 2013 Member events and news

Diverse An exhibition by Artists of Kew Studio 4th – 9th November 2013 Private View: 4th November 6:30 – 9:00 PM Piers Feetham Gallery 475 Fulham Road, London SW6 1HL (Opening Hours: Tue. – Fri. 10am – 6pm Sat. 10am – 1pm) The art studio as we know it has a history that stretches back […]

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합 Collaboration: video of the opening performance

1 September 2013 Events reports

For the first time the KAA’s performance at their KCC residency was filmed in its entirety. Good news for those who couldn’t manage to squeeze in to the standing-room-only event! Thanks to Jason Verney of miniminimovie.com for the film.

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합 Collaboration: the official exhibition catalogue

31 August 2013 KAA official events news

Here is the official catalogue of the 합 Collaboration exhibition. Click on the image to enlarge:

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KAA’s summer programme at the KCC: 합, 合, Collaboration

29 July 2013 KAA official events news

Details of the KAA’s annual programme at the Korean Cultural Centre (28 August – 6 September) are embedded below. Click on the images for a full-size flyer.

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KAA’s 2013 KCC “합, 合, Collaboration” programme: the opening performance

29 July 2013 KAA official events news

Here is the programme for the opening performance on 28 August. Please RSVP to koreanartuk@gmail.com. Collaborative Performance 1. ‘Petal – like’ (꽃잎처럼) Poem by Hye Kyung Park, Sabrina Park Kim (Piano Music), Chang Gyun Woo (Image) 2. Pochagi (보자기) by Hye Lim Kim (Taegŭm and electronics) Pochagi is Hye Lim Kim’s first elecroacoustic composition in […]

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