Category Archives: Arts

Musicals in Seoul

One fascinating aspect of Seoul culture is the vitality of the big stage musical. Seoulites are fascinated with musicals and see an attraction in them unlike most other cities. Many are imported from Broadway, but there are many homegrown versions as well. Here is a small selection of posters that I recently photographed.

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The Daejeon Mug Cup

The Daejeon Mug Cup, produced in commemoration of Daejeon’s remarkable ecological foundations as the intersection of the Gancheon River, the Daejeoncheon River and the UDeungcheon River, is now available in two colors (front in English; back in ideographs).

 

The price is 10,000 Won per mug.

We encourage all interested parties to use our logo to create your own mug cups and other commemorative materials. Just let us know.

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Fukushima Logo: “Fukushima: Our Hometown”

Thinking that it is essential that we imagine what it must be like to live in Fukushima and to make such environmental issues immediate to our daily lives, I made up a logo for “Fukushima: Our Hometown” that I hope can be made into a t-shirt, mug cup and button.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks

Emanuel

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A mark for Circles and Squares

The Ilmin Museum of Art has a logo that perfectly embodies the theme of “circles and squares.”

Circles and Squares in the logo of the Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul

Circles and Squares in the logo of the Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul

Circles and Squares in the logo of the Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul

Circles and Squares in the logo of the Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul

I saw the other day an exhibit of the photographs of Lee Duekyoung, primarily photographs of Seoul–the most striking of which is a running photograph of both banks of the Han River that goes for about 30 meters. Certainly worth a visit.

From Yonhap, copy of part of the series of photographs of Seoul as seen on the North and South sides of the Han river.

From Yonhap, copy of part of the series of photographs of Seoul as seen on the North and South sides of the Han river.

One of many aerial photographs in the exhibit.

One of many aerial photographs in the exhibit.

Murals on the way to Kyung Hee University

The School of Art at Kyung Hee University decided to devote its efforts to transforming the alleys around the university by painting a series of compelling posters with strong messages that call out to the passer by. The posters are remarkably effective. Here are a few examples.

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Psy in Korea

It is remarkable the number of forms Psy has taken in Korea since his success with “Gangnam Style.” You can see him literally on every shelf of the supermarket and every corner of the street.

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Emanuel’s chapter in “The Cultural DNA of Koreans” (Amore Mundi Publishers; December 2012).

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Emanuel has a chapter on “Ritual and Propriety” in the newly released book

“The Cultural DNA of Koreans” (Amore Mundi Publishers; December 2012).

 

The book features chapters by scholars and artists from various fields about the essential aspects of Korea’s cultural tradition and how they can be integrated into contemporary culture.

 

In Korean:

 

이만열은 새로 출간 된 책 한국인의 문화유전자 에서 chapter 있어요

 

한국인의 문화유전자

 

(한국문화유전자총서1)

 

아모르문디 출판사  (2012.12)

 

“예의”

New Version of Daejeon Logo

I recently revised the logo for Daejeon that I designed some two years ago. This time we have gone back to the heavier form that I used in the very first trials. I plan to make mug cups again and will offer them to anyone who is interested.

The three rivers that define Daejeon’s ecosystem: the Gapcheon River, the Yudeung River and the Daejeon River are set against the original green fields that defined “Daejeon” (literally, “big field”)

The Korean Comic Book Misaeng (“Misaeng” (未生 “The one who has not lived yet”) : War of attrition in the corporate office

Korean comic books (“Manhwa” as opposed to the Japanese “Manga”) have increased their sophistication with incredible speed over the last five years. I do not read comic books as a rule, and my exposure is limited to the educational manhwa my children read at home. But when I saw an article about the new manhwa series “Misaeng” (未生 “The one who has not lived yet”) I had to have a copy. It is a remarkable work of art that deserves to be widely read and analyzed.

Misaeng, the work of Yoon Taeho (윤태호), describes the claustrophobic interpersonal relations between employees of Korean corporations, focusing on the banality of everyday life and the little struggles and tiny victories of survival in a corporate culture. The analogy that dominates the book is between life in modern society and the game of baduk   or “go” as it is known in Japanese. Read more of this post

Peace on the Peninsula through Art: Park Sidong’s Seokjangni Art Museum on the DMZ

Peace on the Peninsula through Art

Park Sidong’s Seokjangni Art Museum on the DMZ 

I first visited Park Sidong’s remarkable   Seokjangni Art Museum on the DMZ in March, 2012 after attending a seminar held at a military outpost overlooking North Korea. I was on a panel with artists and scholars discussing how an innovative residency for artists held right on the DMZ could serve as the first step towards bringing peace to the peninsula. The idea struck a chord with me. Could it be that rather than holding yet another seminar or writing yet another op-ed, just having artists practicing art could help facilitate the cultural and ideological shifts required to move beyond the current stalemate? I think there is that  chance.

 

The sculpture greeting the visitor

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