The ninth edition of SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul is held 1 September – 20 November 2016 in all branches of Seoul Museum of Art under the title NERIRI KIRURU HARARA. The biennale is composed of exhibitions, summer camps, publication projects and programs, all conceived as interdependent components. The Artistic Director and Curator is Beck Jee-sook.
The works and projects participating in Mediacity Seoul 2016 allude, or relay suggestions to the following questions: how to formulate individual and common expectations out of unsought-for inheritances, be it war, disaster, poverty or displacement; how to generate as many versions of futures as possible and imagine plots of radical discontinuity, within the context of South Korea that is marooned in a peninsula-cum-island; and finally, how to enable time-slip into these futures through the language of art and the capabilities of media.
The title, NERIRI KIRURU HARARA, is derived from a line of the poem “Two Billion Light Years of Solitude”, which verbalizes the imaginary language of Martians. With this title, Mediacity Seoul 2016 sets out an effort to gesture the uncharted languages of the future, or even, of the lost past and present.
List of participating artists