The “2023 Chilgok International Transmedia Festival,” a festival featuring 18 artists, including Kim Shinwook, Kim Taedong, Mioon, and Tom Bull, will hold its first edition from October 6 to November 5. The festival is centered on the theme exhibition The Poetry of Land will be held at the Yetae Art Museum and Hyangsa Art Center. The festival also consists of special exhibitions and side events held around Chilgok, including the Chilgok Patriots & Peace Memorial and Honey Bee World.
The festival centers on the word “trans” by highlighting Chilgok as a region where diverse cultures are exchanged and exploring the transmedia. In line with this, the theme exhibition The Poetry of Land seeks to understand the local features of the Chilgok region from the perspective of the Anthropocene, including the Nakdong River, which served as a defense line for the Korean War and is home to numerous plants and animals.
Kim Taedong’s photographs < PLANETES >, which can be seen at Yetae Art Museum, are a series of photographs taken at various locations in Chilgok. The photographs were taken with an astronomical device, which is used to photograph stars. The landscapes in the photographs are as shaky as the trajectory of the star’s movement.
Jellyfish Juice and Bitchondria, a solo exhibition by Suji Han (b. 1991), will be on view from October 19 to November 4 at Kimheesoo Art Center.
Based on her multidisciplinary research, she explores the pathways between digital and physical spaces. In her research, which crosses the fields of data science, marine biology, astronomy, and physics, she creates a fictional being called “Bitchondria,” which combines the cellular organelle “mitochondria” with “bit,” a digital unit. The artist has constructed a pseudo-scientific narrative using bitchondria, which can move freely through all dimensions of space, and visualized it in video, three-dimensional, and web works.
Expanding on the previous tendency to focus on the definition or properties of the bitchondria, the artist traces the trajectory of the bitchondria’s activity in this exhibition. In the exhibition, the bitchondria explore the ocean floor to absorb the green fluorescent protein necessary for their reproduction. By exploring the new space of the ocean, the artist explores the infiltration of data into the human record.
The exhibition allows us to examine issues of the earth’s environment, history, and ecology from a new perspective.