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Asia Culture Center exhibits explore Asian identity

By KH디지털2

Published : Dec. 18, 2015 - 10:39

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Asia's largest cultural center said Friday various exhibits are on display to explore what it means to be Asian.

The Asia Culture Center opened last month in Gwangju, South Jeolla Province, in a project by the South Korean government to redefine this southwestern city as the "cultural center of Asia."

Various archival studies done on Asian cultures have been put on display at Library Park, which opened in September, ACC said.

Three exhibits are ongoing at this space, which combines the functions of a library, an archives and a museum.

"Books of Asia" invites visitors to explore the medium of books from various angles: how books spread information, the way they speak to readers, the intersection between books and art, and linguistic issues that arise from globalization.

ACC has jointly organized the "Singapore Art Archive" with the National Gallery Singapore, one of the largest art museums in Southeast Asia. Artist Koh Nguang How, based in Singapore, produced the archival artwork here.

The history of ACC from its conception in 2002 to its completion in 2014 is also visually showcased in the "ACC Foundation Archive."

ACC also said there are five additional exhibits at ACC Creation under the umbrella exhibition of "Tektonics."

Notable works here include "Test Pattern [nº8]," a giant media artwork by Japanese artist and musician Ryoji Ikeda, and "Unicolor" by German new media artist and musician Carsten Nicolai.

One of the sub-exhibits called "Plastic Myths" studies the boundaries between reality and myths in Asia's past, present and future.

"Imagining New Eurasia" visualizes the relationship between the East and the West, and explores the identity of this vast continent.

"Interrupted Survey: Fractured Modern Mythologies" is directed by Anselm Franke, the head of visual arts and film at House of World Cultures in Berlin. Seven world-renowned teams from the world, including Vietnam's Trinh T. Minh-ha and Singapore's Ho Tzu Nyen, will display their media artwork, installations and publications here for the next two years. (Yonhap)