From September 21 to November 19, the 12th Seoul MedaiCity Biennale THIS TOO, IS A MAP will take place.
Seoul MediaCity Biennale is a biennale that contemplates the city of Seoul through the lens of media. The 12th Biennale examines the systems that are created across territorial boundaries, such as diaspora and migration, transnational solidarity, underground extraction, and data infrastructure. At the same time, the exhibition resists the rational clarity of maps based on Western cartography and argues for the necessity of working with abstract language and the inevitable unclearness to elicit speculative experiences. Rachael Rakes will lead the Biennale as Artistic Director and Sofia Dourron will serve as Associate Curator.
This project will utilize a variety of exhibition venues in Seoul. The Seoul Museum of Art Seosomun Main Branch will be the main venue for the Biennale, showcasing works in a variety of media based on the global aesthetic perspective that transcends geographical boundaries. In Seoul Museum of History Exhibition Hall B, Jesse Chun’s 시, language for new moons sheds light on the artist’s work on language and power.
The SeMA Bunker, an underground gallery, focuses on the underground world surrounding extraction, pollution, natural resources and the relationship between human, technological, and mineral displacement. Space mm and Sogong Space, located in the underground passageways connecting City Hall and Euljiro station, will feature works by Hyunsun Jeon and Bo Wang. They explore the boundaries between public and private spaces and the virtual and real in everyday life. Finally, Seoul Media Canvas will screen works by young artists working on the future of the city for 20 minutes on the hour from 18:00 – 23:00 during the Biennale.
The 8th Typojanchi 2023: International Typography Biennale Open Quotation Marks, Close Quotation Marks will take place from September 19 to October 14 at Culture Station Seoul 284. It features 53 artists from 16 countries and includes works by Slavs and Tatars and JJJJJerome ELLIS.
The theme of this project is “Typography and Sound,” and the works on display explore the linguistic interstices created by spoken and written language, intersect with visions and hearing, the rhythm of letters and sounds, the labor and craft behind them, and the use of technology and media.
The exhibition is divided into thematic and project exhibitions, with 32 artists participating in the thematic exhibition and four in the project exhibition. The works range from books and installations to websites, videos, carpets, comics, and more. Also, there are performance programs such as reading scripts on a large 100-meter scroll (SOHN Youngeun), oral impromptu performance using writing actions, verbal commentary expressions, and blackboard drawings (YANG Yu-Chiao), and workshops to create ‘alternative texts’. These programs provide multiple ways to approach typography.