Monday, July 28, 2008

Sujin's performance

Sujin is a sophomore at the Korean National University of the Arts. This was the first performance she has ever done. It was two hours long during the opening of the show.


Two professors from Korean National University of the Arts (K'ARTS) and Charlie, director of MICA Korea program.
Hyukyung's Phrasebook video.Kang & Jihyun say it with flowers. (Sorry guys, I couldn't resist posting this.)
Professor Ahn, Dean of Fine Arts at K'ARTS, with Kate's interactive book.
Jihyun, Paula and Sukyung.
Sujin and Kate, part of Sam's projection installation "Backstory" in background.
Visiting artists from Cambodia.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

24 hours to go...

MICA-K'ARTS show opens in ttttttwentyfour hours!
Above: Lorie collecting titles.
Charlie checks out the wine, a gift from Korean MICA alumni.AnNa, Eve and Kate discuss AnNa's expert quick-draw drill techniques.
Ji-hyun makes final adjustments...Hye-kyung and Su-kyung take a break.
Sam paints a pedestal for her "Back Story" piece. Kaycie's animation plays in the background.Paula and Kaycie confer.Su-jin prepares the interior of the performance space inside her sculpture.

Hye-kyung unwraps flat screens for her video project, "Phrasebook."


One of Kang's stencil pieces on a side street of the main road to the President's house.
Another stencil project on the road to the president's house.
Residue left after the piece done at Seoul Central Square was removed by the city.

Seoul Square

Still saying No! to the Mad Cow President.
Speech by Seoul K-pop singer.

Monday, July 21, 2008


Main hall of the Jogye-sa temple compound of the Jogye order of Korean Buddhism
One of three large wooden Shakyamuna Buddha, carved from the original (which you cannot see in this photo) that was carved at the beginning of the Joseon (Chosun) Dynasty in about 1460.
Bell tower that contains four instruments. The bell calls beings living in the heavens and hells; the large drum calls those beings with skin; the wooden fish instrument calls the water dwellers and the cloud-shaped gong calls the beings of the air.
Bell is rung 28 times each morning at 4:00 am, 33 times each night at 6:00.
Big drum behind pillar, calls the creatures with skin.
Big fish instrument, calls the water creatures.Cloud gong calls the airborne animals.Bell detail of female Buddha.


The Myeongjeongjeon (Hall) of Ch'hanggyonggung (Suganggung) Palace in Seoul. Built by King Sejong in 1418, destroyed by fire during the Japanese invasion of 1592, then rebuilt in 1616.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


At Jongmyo shrine, a set of Hwangi/Gai vessels to provide ancestors with enjoyment during the Heonjakrye ritual. Wine is poured three times for the ancestral spirits. (Note earrings on upper vessel.)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Friday, July 18, 2008


Left to right: Kaycie, Su-jin, AnNa, Ji-hyun, Eve, Su-kyung, Kang, Hye-kyung, Kate, Samantha.


Traditional pharmacy, Giheung-eup, Yongin City, Gyeonggi Province, outside of Seoul.
Many of the folk traditions of Korea changed after the Kabo Peasant War (1894), the Japanese Invasion (1910-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953).
Lorie touching steam. Silkworm cocoons in hot water as they are unravelled to make silk thread.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ornament & Anomaly

Beautifully painted carved wooden eaves at a temple at Inwangsan.Architectural anomaly at a restaurant entrance.
Jongmyo Royal Shrine anomaly.

Tree House

Contemporary concrete house built around a tree in a compound in Paju, north of Seoul.