“DMZ International Peace Residency” Symposium

Emanuel will be a discussant on Saturday, March 17, 2012,  at a symposium concerning the “DMZ International Peace Residency” established adjacent to the DMZ near Yeoncheon by the Institute for Modern Art of Kyung Hee University.

Here is a short description of the event:

The Institute for Modern Art at Kyung Hee University, taking as its subject the “wound of global conflict” that defines the division of the Korean Peninsula strives to imagine how we can use culture and art to heal that wound.

We have established the “DMZ International Peace Residency” within the civilian passage restriction line, the center of acute military tension, in order to establish the conditions for a peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula.

The founder of Kyung Hee University Choue Young Seek, wrote a book in 1951 entitled “Creating a Civilized World” (文化世界의創造) in which he argued that cultural exchange and cultural production was the only means to bring North and South Korea together. At the time, he was taking refuge in Busan and most everyone around him could only conceive of military solutions. His vision is only the more relevant today.

Drawing on his thinking, the “DMZ International Peace Residency” is planting  the seeds for the resolution of conflicts around the world using art to move our thoughts away from a society based on theories of competition. We will use culture to transform this region of division into a space of meeting. We will bring a rebirth of coexistence to this land of death through an embrace of life. Here on the border of the DMZ,  we will develop a culture of art that can heal these wounds.


 A Beautiful Studio for a Human Peace

The DMZ Global Peace Residency

“The DMZ: Modern Art Blooms in the soil of Tragedy”

“Artistic Action for an Age of Life and of Peace in Northeast Asia”

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012

Time: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Place: OP Observation Deck, Yeoncheon DMZ, Gyeonggido Providence

Sponsor: Institute for Modern Art, Kyung Hee University

Presenter: DMZ International Peace Residency Committee

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