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Ulsan Art Museum brings wealth of culture to industrial cityBy Park Yuna
Published : Jan. 11, 2022 - 17:40
Some 307 kilometers from Seoul, the city has opened its first art museum in the eastern part of the city -- a museum that specializes in media art.
Five inaugural exhibitions are currently running, including the main exhibition titled “Post Nature: Dear Nature,” which sheds light on how human and non-humans can live in solidarity.
“After the transition from an agrarian society to an industrial society, Ulsan’s ecosystem was extensively exploited for economic development. The exhibition reminds us of the ecosystem that accompanies a complicated sense of history and cultural policy,” Suh Jin-suk, Ulsan Art Museum director, said at a press conference on Wednesday.
“This is the Future,” an installation piece by the Berlin-based media artist Hito Steyerl, is part of the main exhibition. The work with nine projection screens was shown at the 2019 Venice Biennale and is now part of the museum‘s collection.
The digital plants on the nine screens have Latin names meaning “social media addiction therapy,” “healing of the syndrome of being silent about hate speech,” and “dictator poisoning” and grow on construction scaffolding.
The museum’s permanent collection also includes Paik‘s “Turtle” and ”Sistine Chapel,“ which were acquired in August 2021 from different owners. A total of 29 media art works are currently in the museum’s permanent collection.
“Touching on the issue of nature and technology together has been prevalent globally with many seminars and exhibitions. We will strengthen the identity of the museum by reflecting the city’s locality and bringing global trends at the same time,” Suh said.
Another exhibition running at the museum is “Black and Light: Aldo Tambellini” on display at XR Lab, an exhibition space dedicated to immersive media art experiences created with the latest digital technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality. The exhibition features media art works by Tambellini, an Italian-American media artist who was a pioneer in media expansion in the 1960s.
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