Enriching life through an ancient cultural art form
Nine young Australians and six young Koreans are about to begin a journey that will enrich their careers and creativity and strengthen their links to a cultural art form that dates back to pre-history.
These 15 young artists will join six highly-successful and well-known ceramic artists from Australia and Korea in Beyond Limitations, a four-week mentoring and cultural exchange program. The program, supported by the Australia Korea Foundation and the Clayarch Gimhae Museum in Korea, includes a workshop that will run from 20 July to 20 August followed by an eight-week exhibition.
Beyond Limitations is the brainchild of Thai-born Australian artist, Vipoo Srivilasa, after exhibiting his work at Korea’s 2013 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale and taking part in an international ceramics mentoring camp and workshop.
Vipoo found mentoring so effective that he initiated Beyond Limitations with the assistance of the Australia Korea Foundation and the Clayarch Gimhae Museum. The program brought together experienced and early-career Australian and Korean ceramic artists. Placements were hotly contested, with 70 applications from Australia alone.
At the camp, mentors will focus on the technical and artistic aspects of ceramics, and will talk about communication, marketing, networking, organising careers, and even how to have fun while working under pressure. Amazing ideas and new techniques will undoubtedly emerge from the mentors and artists spending four weeks working together, experimenting together, living together and sharing meals. No doubt, the experience will also lead to an interesting exchange of recipes and cultural stories.
Korea’s long and important role in the world of ceramics is less known in Australia than it is in China and Japan. Beyond Limitations recognises that a shared enjoyment of the medium and engagement between artists from the two countries, including through exhibitions, can help drive change and build a deeper understanding and appreciation of ceramics.
Vipoo says a shared love of the ceramic medium is a “wordless language”, a form of communication that relies on shared practice and human engagement through sight and touch: “It is a powerful tool to increase understanding at all levels, from the personal to the regional and ultimately to the global sphere.”
Working in a foreign country led Vipoo to question what life is all about and, ultimately, to become a better artist. “It’s the reason I am actively involved in projects that create opportunities for cultural exchange between artists internationally,” says Vipoo.
Websites of artists
Emerging researchers exchange valuable knowledge
A unique international exchange program is boosting the careers of emerging research leaders from Australia and South Korea, greatly enhancing their knowledge of, and expertise in, science, technology and innovation.
The ultimate goal of the Australia–Korea Emerging Leaders Research Exchange Program is to increase Australia’s capacity to engage with Korea and Korea’s ability to engage with Australia, across bilateral, regional and global priorities.
In August 2014, the tailored program saw six leading Korean scientists visit Australia. The scientists developed personal and institutional links in areas the two countries have in common, including healthy ageing and wellbeing, information and communications technology in a digital economy, and environmental sustainability.
The program’s partners—The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NKF)—are both represented on the panel of experts that selects the scientists who participate in the exchanges. The panel includes eminent researchers and engineers.
Mr Bill Mackey, Deputy CEO, ATSE, says the six scientists from Korea had a packed schedule designed to take full advantage of their time in Australia. The same will apply to the Australians who will visit Korea in May.
‘The two countries have so much to learn from one another and we want to create new and sustainable linkages as well as maximise the long-standing links already established in science and other institutions,’ says Mackey. ‘The idea is to tap into each other’s strengths. For example, it’s well known that Korea excels at commercialising its technologies. Australia wants to learn more about this.’
The visiting researchers from Korea attended an orientation session at the beginning and a debrief session at the end of their time here. They met key stakeholders, to discuss existing science and technology relationships, and how to continue newly developed collaborations. In between, they undertook tailored visits to meet with senior and leading researchers in their fields at relevant institutions across Australia.
All up the Koreans met with 96 experts and students during their visit.
From 11-22 May 2015, Australian scientists travelled to various Korean cities, visiting several leading research institutes and companies and meeting senior researchers and experts. The visit program progressed individual and institutional linkages.
The NRF is busy organising individual programs for each Australian researcher to ensure they have the opportunity to attend face-to-face meetings with counterparts, attend seminars with experts in various fields, and participate in lab tours to explore research and industry linkages. The Australians will also meet key stakeholders from government and research organisations on the research and development Korea is undertaking on a large scale.
The NRF will also organise all logistics so visiting researchers are free to focus on building and sharing their knowledge and expertise.
Invitations to apply for the exchange program are extensively publicised, including through the NRF, Australian Embassy in Seoul and Embassy of the Republic of Korea to attract the best quality applicants. Each institution invited is asked to nominate their best three researchers.
Mackey says the benefits of the Australia–Korea Emerging Leaders Research Exchange Program do not stop once researchers return to their respective home countries.
‘We’re looking for long-term relationships and collaborative activities that will follow on from the exchanges,’ says Mackey, ‘including through joint publications, joint research projects, return visits and even data exchange and commercialisation of research.’
The Australia–Korea Emerging Leaders Research Exchange Program is supported by grant funding from the Australia–Korea Foundation, which aims to:
- increase public awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia, and the importance of the bilateral relationship.
- develop partnerships in areas of shared interest in the bilateral, regional and global context.
- increase Australians’ capacity to effectively engage with Korea.
Given the excellent outcomes arising from the two rounds of AKELREP (Korean mid-career researchers to Australia in August 2014 and Australian mid-career researchers to Korea in May 2015), the National Research Foundation of Korea has invited ATSE to increased the number of participants from 6 to 10 per exchange round.
Life-changing interning in Seoul
Want to give young Australians a taste of working life in a large multi-national company? Send them to Seoul.
Clinton Phosavanh and Derry Doyle were two of eight young students to travel to Seoul early in 2015 and spend seven weeks as interns in large multi-national companies in this busy Asian hub. They were amazed by what they learned through the 27th Australia–Korea Internship Program, funded by the Australia Korea Foundation and managed by the International Leaders’ Program, University of Sydney.
“I wanted to see first-hand what Korea had to offer—its culture, politics and economy—and I wanted to learn about Korea’s workplace culture within a multi-national environment,” says Clinton, who recently returned to Adelaide from his internship.
“I was amazed by Korea’s technology, particularly its broadband speeds, and was intrigued by the country’s approach to process, which is so different from how we approach things in Australia.
“My trip was fantastic and I gained an insight into a country and culture I had known so little about. South Korea needs to be talked about more in Australia, especially given the importance of relations between our two countries,” Clinton said.
Derry Doyle, from Western Australia, described his seven weeks as “life-changing”.
“And ‘life changing’ only scrapes the surface,” says Derry. “During my last weeks in Korea I started to brainstorm ideas on how to come back and live and work in Seoul for an extended period. There’s so much happening here and Australians seem to know so little about it. We’re missing out on so much.”
Clinton and Derry both spoke of their internships as having been an incredible opportunity to gain invaluable international experience, develop a knowledge of Korean culture, language and business practices, and develop long-term relationships with peers and Korean businesses, government and community leaders—all important steps for global citizens of the future.
Experience Clinton’s and Derry’s journeys through their blogs of their time in Korea. Clinton’s can be found at http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog/cphosavanh/2/tpod.html , and Derry’s at https://derrydoyle.wordpress.com/
Further information: Australia Korea Internship Program (AKIP) - the University of Sydney
Export Council of Australia survey - Australian service providers in Korea
The Export Council of Australia (ECA) has launched a survey for Australian service providers to gauge their experience in South Korea, perceptions of the services space and the benefits of KAFTA. Australian-registered service providers are invited to participate in this survey, whether or not currently engaged in South Korea.
The ECA, with support from the Australia-Korea Foundation and Austrade, will produce a report and guide for Australian service providers to be launched later in the year. The ECA believes Korea offers a wealth of untapped opportunity for Australian business.
“Because of KAFTA, Australian businesses can now enjoy market access on par with the best access granted to any of Korea’s trading partners,“ says Lisa McAuley, ECA Chief Executive Officer.
“Australian financial service providers can now do business in Korea without establishing a full commercial presence, allowing them to take advantage of the country’s investment-hungry ageing population.
“KAFTA introduces a number of firsts - it allows Australian accountants to provide Australian and international consulting services in Korea for the first time, and it also allows Australian legal service providers to establish offices, hire local lawyers and eventually enter into joint ventures.
“South Korea boasts one of the highest broadband and mobile penetration rates in the world and is a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics. This presents significant opportunity for Australian digital and mobile content providers,” Ms McAuley says. Look for the report and accompanying mobile app from July 2015.
Colder than a Korean winter: Joint Antarctica Research in summer
While Antarctica remains one of the “cleanest” places in the world, increasingly large amounts of natural and man-made atmospheric pollutants are finding their way to the frozen continent via a number of pathways; some direct, others more convoluted. For more than a year now, researchers from the Korea Polar Research Institute and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation have been collaborating to identify the source regions of pollution making its way to King George Island on the fringe of Antarctic territory (62°S), as well as determining the fate and impact of this pollution when it arrives. The main investigative “tool” at the disposal of these researchers to track the pollution to its source regions is the naturally-occurring radioactive gas radon (222Rn). Radon is emitted continuously from all soils and rock (i.e. land surfaces), with almost none coming out of the ocean. Due to its short radioactive “half-life” of 3.8 days, radon levels decay away almost completely within 20 days after emission. So, by simply measuring the radon concentration of air arriving at Antarctica, researchers are able to deduce much about the degree of land contact it has had over the past 2-3 weeks, and therefore the pollution sources to which it may have been exposed.
In the summer of 2016, researchers Dr Sangbum Hong and Dr Scott Chambers – with support from the Australia Korea Foundation – will install a second radon detector at the newly-established Korean Antarctic base at Jang Bogo Station. Together with a comprehensive suite of aerosol and trace gas monitoring equipment already operating at Jang Bogo, these new radon measurements will be used to gain a better understanding of pollution pathways to the Antarctic heartland (75°S), more than 3000 km from the nearest continent.
New AKF Chair during Australia Day in Seoul
Australian Ambassador to Korea, HE Mr Bill Paterson, and AKF Chair, Mr Peter Coleman, with Mr Sam Hammington and Mr Myoung-Kyun Kim (Senior Vice President, POSCO) together with AKF-sponsored media and business interns at the 2015 Australia Day reception in Seoul.
The Demilitarized Zone, K-Pop in the studio and Korean happy education policy: Australian Journalists in Korea
Congratulations to the Walkley Foundation for Journalism and Korea’s National Press Foundation on creating another fascinating opportunity for Australian journalists to investigate contemporary Korea, supported by the Australia-Korea Foundation. Participants were Andrew Tillett, federal political reporter for The West Australian, Lucy McNally, bi-media reporter for ABC News, and Patrick Witton, contributing editor of The Big Issue Australia. They were accompanied by Walkley Foundation National Media Section board member, Peter Ryan, a business editor for ABC.
During this exchange visit, the journalists visited Seoul, the Demilitarised Zone and Jeju Island, met with the Australian Ambassador, Korean foreign affairs and education officials, business leaders, a Korean sociologist, had lunch with students, attended a K Pop studio performance, visited NAVER (Korea’s dominant web portal), and explored vibrant and energetic Seoul. Stories from the visit can be found through the links below.
Through providing opportunities each year for Australian journalists to develop deeper understanding of Korean politics, business and culture, this program aims to encourage better media coverage of Korea in Australia (and vice-versa), to stimulate discussion and to raise Australians’ awareness about Korean culture, media and business. It is an active program encouraging informed reporting and building lasting relationships between our nations.
@andrewtillett @patrickquip @LucyMcNallyABC @Peter_F_Ryan
Korean village Gangjeong split over naval base plans on Jeju Island, Peter Ryan
South Korea struggling to pass Australia free trade bills before G20, Peter Ryan
South Korea launches happy education policy to shorten study hours, Lucy McNally
The West Australian
South, North Korea standoff in the military zone
Wired for communication, tied to Australia
Education drives growth
Samsung success a reflection of South Korea
In search of understanding of South Korea
Past and future on South Korea’s Jeju Island
Return of Spring
Australian Art Orchestra featuring Bae II Dong
The opportunities that exist in Australia for dialogues with Asian cultures are among the most exciting prospects for Australian musicians. Improvised practice, which is at the core of the Australian Art Orchestra, is an ideal platform for facilitating these dialogues. The orchestra’s 2014 residency program brings AAO musicians together with improvisers from around Cairns, from elsewhere in Australia and from Korea for an intensive 10-day period.
The 2014 program is centred around the Australian Art Orchestra’s world premiere performance of the 'Return of Spring'. This work is the culmination of a long partnership between Korean p'ansori singer Bae Il Dong and Australian drummer, Simon Barker. P'ansori is a traditional form of Korean street opera. Residency students have been working with Simon Barker, Bae Il Dong (Korea), Scott Tinkler, Chris Hale and Peter Knight to develop ideas around improvisation and collaboration. The workshops have featured a series of small performances and prepare for the final concert at The Tanks. This concert is part of the Jazz Up North Series.
Date: 26 September 2014
Time: Doors 6:30pm, Performance 7:30pm
Venue: Tank 5, Tanks Arts Centre
Websites: Tanks Arts Centre, Australian Art Orchestra
KWAVE Festival 2014
The Australia-Korea Foundation is pleased to support KWAVE Festival 2014 bringing Korea's contemporary food, culture and entertainment to Melbourne's Federation Square, from 12-8pm, on Saturday 6 September. It will be a FREE, non-ticketed event for all to enjoy.
Tantalise your taste buds with delicious Korean dishes from some of the best Korean restaurants in Melbourne. Enjoy your food while watching live entertainment. The main stage will feature performances from home grown talent covering songs and dances from popular Korean artists. Admire the vibrant colours of the traditional Hanbok attire and prepare to be charmed by our renowned special guest, Eric Nam with his excitable sassy personality.
More: KWAVE Festival 2014 websiteor #KWAVE14 on Twitter.
Internships in Korea, January-March 2015
The Australia Korea Internship Program (AKIP), funded by the Australia-Korea Foundation, offers an exceptional opportunity for ten undergraduate and postgraduate business students across Australia to experience a cultural exchange while pursuing a short career placement in the Republic of Korea.
Through a seven week internship (January - March 2015) within companies in Seoul, students will have the rare opportunity to develop their professional and cross-cultural skills in Korea. Through homestay accommodation, work placements and weekly Korean language lessons, interns will experience traditional family life, observe Korean business ethics and practices, and learn basic Korean.
AKIP is managed by the International Leaders Program of the University of Sydney in collaboration with the Korea-Australia Foundation in Seoul.
Korea Film Festival – Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide!
It's started! If you're quick, you may still get to films in Sydney and Canberra. Those in other cities, select the films you want to see and get ready for something… Spicy!
The Australia-Korea Foundation is proud to support the Korean Cultural Office showcase for Australian audiences the very best and latest from Hallyuwood - from ground-breaking blockbusters to heart-warming romantic comedies.
Featuring a complement of 20 features and a Short Film Competition, the festival will see 80 screenings across Australia, with new expansion into Canberra, Perth and Adelaide. With almost 10,000 people attending the festival to date, figures are expected to double in 2014. All films screen with English subtitles.
The program - available on the Korean Film Festival in Australia website - includes films suitable for all ages and interests.
- Sydney August 13-21
- Canberra August 13-14
- Brisbane August 27-September 2
- Perth September 3-6
- Melbourne September 9-16
- Adelaide September 23-26
Face to face: virtual classrooms crossing boundaries
Imagine if your teacher had just returned from Korea, with photographs and stories, inspired to engage with Korea and explore opportunities to learn Korean concurrently with the class. Even better, your school hosts a teacher from Korea for a week and continues this relationship online collaborating on projects with a partner school in Korea, exploring Korean culture and investigating Korean language. Connecting with Korea provides your school with the opportunity to build interest and address students' fascination with K-Pop, Gangnam-style dance and Taekwondo.
Eight Australian schools are about to experience this intensive program, organised by the Asia Education Foundation's BRIDGE program with funding from the Australia-Korea Foundation. This will take the total number of Australia-Korea BRIDGE school partnerships to 32.
Each of the participating schools has nominated one teacher to lead their involvement and participate in two professional learning programmes. These include:
- Korean teachers visit Australia from 6-16 August to undertake three-days of professional learning around intercultural understanding, use of ICT to support classroom connections and building strong school partnerships; and a seven-day school visit and home stay.
- Australia teachers will visit South Korea from 24 September to 4 October. A three-day professional learning programme will cover developing collaborative activities, consolidating the use of different technologies for classroom engagement and strengthening understanding of each other’s educational context (school management, curriculum, education system). This will be followed by a seven-day school visit and home stay.
Further information on the BRIDGE Project or to see the project in action in schools
Participating schools 2014
|Guhag Elementary School
||Thirroul Public School
|Hakjang Elementary School
||Blayney Public School
|Dong Sung Elementary School
||Ringwood North Primary School
||Ringwood North, Vic
|Naeri Elementary School
||Lindfield East Public School
||East Lindfield, NSW
|Kumma Elementary School
||Laurimar Primary School
|Sunsim Middle School
||Chilgok gun (Gyeongsang Province)
||John Paul College
||Daisy Hill, Qld
|Dong Incheon High School
||Kirwan State High School
|Ansan Gangseo High School
||Melbourne Girls Grammar School
Augmented reality to tell stories of Australia-Korea friendships
Chargé d´affaires Brendan Berne hosted a function on 2 July to launch the 'Korea-Australia Friendship Tree', an on-line project aimed at collating personal stories of friendship between Australians and Koreans. Mr Matt Jones, Executive Director of Social Alchemy, based in Sydney, received an Australia-Korea Foundation grant to apply Augmented Reality technology to this project.
It is hoped that 125 stories will be gathered to mark the 125 years of friendship since the first Australian came to Korea. More details can be found at http://www.socialalchemy.com.au/.
View a message from Sam Hammington, Goodwill Ambassador for Australia, in support of the 'Korea-Australia Friendship Tree'.
Anna Tregloan delves into Korean Ghost Stories
Anna Tregloan undertakes an Asialink residency at Korea's National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Goyang.
“Over several projects I have been investigating the idea of “multiplicity in truth” or the Rashomon Effect. Previously I have focused on ideas as fluid as perceptions of time and as concrete as solving a crime. For this project I am investigating the idea that while ghosts may or may not be factual, in the right circumstance the imagination can elicit a physiological response that does not distinguish fact from fiction.
“Using text - as disparate as Henry James Turn of the Screw and a manual on how to hold séance - along with recordings of graveyards, workshops and interviews, the work will use low end technology to reference early spirit photography and an era where as a society we were not a skeptical as perhaps we now are.
“Reflecting the fact that ghosts are a cultural universal (appearing in all cultures original, primitive and modern), this piece is part of a larger suite of research and presentation and will be filmed on site at Goyang Art Studios and combine found objects, projection in an installation format.”
The 2014 MMCA Residency Goyang International Exchange Program Exhibition opens at 4pm, Friday 11th July.
Episodes: Australian Photography Now
13th Dong Gang International Photo Festival
Dong Gang Museum of Photography, Korea
18 July – 21 September 2014
Episodes: Australian Photography Now is a landmark exhibition of contemporary Australian photography at Korea's premier photography museum, the Dong Gang Museum of Photography.
Episodes: Australian Photography Now brings together the work of 12 Australian photographers around the notion of psychological, soap opera and serial episodes. Importantly, a high proportion of the artists are Aboriginal thereby reflecting the potency and politics of contemporary indigenous photography.
Whether Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser's scenes of family members acting out or Christian Thompson veiling his face in colonial accoutrements, each artist works with the episodic in evocative ways.
Polly Borland shrouds her subjects including musician Nick Cave in lycra attire and Trent Parke waited on a street corner in Adelaide for three weeks to capture the unpredictability of the passerby.
Polixeni Papapetrou dresses her son in a shredded warfare costume posed in Australian landscapes; Tracey Moffatt depicts a quintessential Queensland home with a silhouetted character ominously looming in the foreground as part of an incomplete narrative.
Patrick Pound assiduously gathers found photographs recreated into clustered scenarios and William Yang returns us to the self, his Chinese and gay community to elicit a sense of place and belonging.
Martin Smith overlays poetic texts and Paul Knight splices the photographic plane with intimate images of couples embracing. Together, these artists flex the camera's hold on the episodic.
Building materials are going from strength to strength – literally. Researchers from South Korea and Australia are working together to use fibre composites to create building materials that are stronger, lighter and more resilient to environmental conditions than existing materials.
During an international conference organised by Dr Allan Manalo of the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba earlier this year, the South Koreans – with support from the Australia Korea Foundation – presented research, development and applications of fibre composites in civil infrastructure in Korea to an audience of 70 specialists from institutions and industries from Australia, Korea and China.
Two of the researchers – Professor Song Woo Lee and Associate Professor Kee-Jeung Hong – were from Kookmin University, Dr Ki-Tae Part was from the Korea Institute of Construction Technology and Dr Sinzeon Park was from Kookmin Composite Infrastructure, Korea.
The conference highlighted an international effort to find better and stronger materials for civil infrastructure which includes things like bridges, roads and water and power systems that are essential to our lives.
The Australian and South Korean researchers have agreed to exchange knowledge and ideas about fibre composites that will hopefully lead to more research and practical applications.
For nearly twenty years, Kenny Son has straddled two cultures. The talented designer was born in South Korea but migrated to Sydney in 1996. He is fluent in English and Korean and is equally at home in either nation. He has an abiding love of art, craft and design which he carries with him in these quite different settings.
"Ever since I can remember, the subjects of art, craft and design have always been areas of interest, hope and fascination," he says. They are the stimulus for my thoughts and an alternative expression for my words."
With an Honours Degree specialising in Jewellery and Object Design and the best part of a Masters in Design behind him, Kenny is now preparing for an exhibition of his work. His metalcraft skills have been honed during a six month mentorship with master craftsman Cho-Sung-joon in Korea with support from the Australia-Korea Foundation.
"The purpose of the mentorship was to understand, practice and master traditional Korean metalworking skills and techniques. I wanted to return to Australia with an invaluable knowledge and training of traditional Korean metalcraft, sharing this through the means of an exhibition and a range of workshops."
The resulting exhibition by Master Cho and Kenny Son, Conveying Korean Metalcraft, will be held at Studio 21-17, Waterloo, from 14th – 28th June, with an opening reception to be held from 4pm till 6pm Saturday 14th June.
Workshops for practitioners with metalwork experience-knowledge will be held from mid-June to early July, at the JamFactory Adelaide, JMGA Perth and Sydney College of Arts, University of Sydney.
Kenny's blog provides a photographic record of his time in Seoul
Seoul through the eyes of interns
Kate Bolster and Robert North, University of Sydney, provide intriguing short videos on life as AKF Fellows undertaking media internships in Seoul.
Architectural Urbanism: Seoul/Melbourne
14-23 May 2014
RMIT Design Hub
Project rooms 1 and 2
When it comes to designing sustainable towns and cities, international collaboration makes sense. We all face common problems and it could just be that someone else has already thought of an answer to another's problem.
This is why architects and designers from the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul are meeting with architects from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University at a symposium in Melbourne in May 2014.
The architects will share their ideas on how to create urban areas in the Asia Pacific region that work with and not against the environment and are culturally acceptable to the people who will live there.
In addition to the symposium there will be an exhibition showing work from five architectural practices in Seoul connected to the Korean National University of Arts and five in Melbourne connected with RMIT University.
The symposium and exhibition make up the second stage of a cross-cultural, bilateral exhibition of award-winning architects from Seoul, and Melbourne, supported by the Australia Korean Foundation.
The aim is to start an ongoing institutional exchange between RMIT and KNUA and between the participating and invited architectural professionals.
The symposium and exhibition are curated by Professor Sand Helsel and Lecturer Anna Johnson from RMIT School of Architecture & Design.
The Buzz around the Hives: Korean festival programmers seeking Australian artists
Festival programmers would appear to have the dream job – they travel the world to spot new talent for their events. But what happens when there is so much talent in the one place, it’s hard to find exactly what they are after?
Three South Korean festival programmers and presenters, supported by the Australia Korea Foundation to attend the 2014 Adelaide Fringe, found their answer through the Honey Pot Program. The program puts Fringe performers (the “honey”) and festival programmers (the “bees”) in touch with each other, by tailoring schedules to match interests and creating connections that may lead to presentation and collaboration outcomes for Adelaide Fringe artists over the long term.
With Adelaide Fringe the largest arts event in the Southern Hemisphere, bringing more than 4,000 artists from around Australia and the world to the city, Honey Pot is a unique and essential service provided by the festival.
The three leading South Korean programmers – Mr Kyu Choi from AsiaNow Productions, Mr Je Seung Lee from HanPAC/SPAF and Mr Chul-Lee Kim from Suwon Hwaseong Arts Festival –were able to make connections with Australian artists. As a result, a number of Adelaide Fringe works have been invited to South Korean venues and festivals in 2014 and beyond.
With further support from the Australia Korea Foundation, Greg Clarke, Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO, visited the 2013 Gwacheon Festival then moved on to Seoul to attend the Hi Seoul Festival, Seoul Performing Arts Festival and the Goyang Lake Park Arts Festival. As a result, Greg was able to gain an invaluable understanding of the artistic landscape of the region and build new and deepen existing relationships.
Further information: https://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/about
지하 Underground is a performance supported by the Australian producing agency Motherboard Productions. Transported to the back alleys of Seoul,지하 Underground audiences find themselves in an underground Korean speakeasy or bar in the company of a ragtag crew of musicians and theatrical storytellers. Guests can drink the night away as 사장님 Sajungnim – the venue's eccentric proprietor – tells a tale of love transcending culture, language and gender.
지하 Underground was written by Jeremy Neideck and Nathan Stoneham. It is a collaboration between respected Korean artists Park Younghee, Tak Hoyoung and Lee Chunnam and performers from Brisbane and Sydney.
"Seoul is a very special place for me and for our team, and 지하 Underground is a collage of our experiences, travelling back and forth between Korea and Australia – falling in love and making mistakes along the way," says Neideck.
After sell-out, critically acclaimed seasons in 2011 (Metro Arts) and 2012 (Brisbane Festival), both supported by funding through the Australia Korea Foundation, 지하 Underground recently returned to the Brisbane Powerhouse for the World Theatre Festival and the Australian Performing Arts Market in February 2014. The work has been nominated for several Matilda awards and won the Green Room Groundling award for Best New Musical (2012).
"Creative partnerships with Asia are becoming increasingly relevant in Australia as we move towards a more inclusive and diverse society, and it's great to be at the forefront of that conversation," says Neideck.
Polyglot returns to Seoul
The word 'polyglot' means to know or speak many languages. It's no wonder then that the Melbourne-based theatre company Polyglot Theatre delights in staging its interactive productions for children in different parts of the world. Korea is no exception and with assistance from the Australia Korea Foundation, Polyglot will return to South Korea in 2014, ready to enthrall hundreds of children with two productions Paper Planet and Tangle.
In Polyglot productions, children are given ordinary things such as elastic, cardboard or paper and make them into something extraordinary on a gigantic scale. With Paper Planet, Polyglot will use a public space to build a forest of trees made from cardboard. It will then invite children and their families to bring the forest alive by making creatures and objects out of cardboard and paper.
Tangle invites children to use elastic or streamers to make a giant maze which they can design in any way they choose.
Paper Planet will be a highlight in the city of Daejeon during National Children's Day while Tangle will feature at one of Korea's most popular outdoor festivals – the Ansan Street Arts Festival in Ansan near Seoul.
"This Festival attracts up to 30,000 people per day who will have the opportunity to play in the Tangle giant elastic maze," says Polyglot's Executive Producer Tamara Harrison. "Tangle is one of Polyglot's most successful export touring works having performed in Singapore, New York and Seoul. Children and their adults construct a giant elastic maze with giant colored balls of elastic. Over two days the maze will become more and more dense as audiences participate in this communal activity, that creates both a fun interactive play space and a beautiful piece of public artwork.
"Hundreds of kids and their adults can experience these installations over a day. Paper Planet promotes a collective experience – both the Australian and Korean artists work in real time with the Korean audiences to make this Paper Planet into a dense, multilayered, enchanting 'world'. Tangle requires a similar collective effort to construct the play space and exist in it side by side."
Polyglot's tour in May will further build on cultural exchanges established during previous visits to the country and children will see Australian and Korean artists working side by side. "This will continue Polyglot's relationships with some Korean artists but also introduce us to new colleagues." says Tamara. "This further development with the artistic networks between Australia and Korea supports the possibilities of future collaborations between the two companies."
Asia's largest sporting event: the AFC Asian Cup
In January 2015, Australia will host Asia's largest sporting event, the AFC Asian Cup. With an expected 500 million people across Asia watching the tournament on television, the event provides a great opportunity to build relationships between Australia and Korea. The Local Organising Committee is hosting a range of activities over the next 12 months with the support of the Australia-Korea Foundation to raise awareness of Korea and Korean football in Australia and vice-versa.
On Wednesday February 26, a range of Korean-themed activities were held at the Asian Champions League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Korean club Ulsan Hyundai. Outside Parramatta Stadium fans were entertained by Korean music and dancers, while performances by X-Factor winner and Korea-born singer Dami Im as well as Korean-Australian K-pop star Teddy Kim gave the crowd inside the stadium a taste of Korean culture. A business function for business leaders operating between Australia and Korea also took place.
Further activities will take place in March, commencing with Korean cultural performances at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne during the Asian Champions League match between Melbourne Victory and Korean club Jeonbuk Hyundai on March 12.
Pixel Mountain—6 mins performance video
from Stalker Theatre and Marrugeku
Pixel Mountain is a new physical theatre work created in collaboration with Korean artists for presentation at the Gwacheon Festival and Hi Seoul in Korea in September-October 2013. It is a 30-minute outdoor aerial and interactive projection work performed on one of Gwacheon's iconic buildings and on the Seoul Museum of Art. Aerialists dance on the side of walls while real-time interactive projections respond to the dancers' every move.
The work brings together Stalker Theatre's trademark physical theatre style with cutting edge new technology to create a fully immersive and interactive performance. It uses interactive 3D image and audio technologies to dynamically revision public spaces in real time through synthesising live performance, immersive interactive image projection and audio scapes.
Pixel Mountain was commissioned by the Gwacheon Festival and the Hi Seoul Festival, and is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation and the Australia International Cultural Council, both part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Watch Pixel Mountain performance video
LANDSEASKY: Revisiting spatiality in video art
MAAP is proud to announce the first configuration of it's latest international touring exhibition 'LANDSEASKY: revisiting spatiality in video' presented in Seoul from the 21 February – 23 March 2014.
This group of challenging video installations includes works by fifteen international artists and scheduled to be presented in Korea, China and Australia. The first exhibition of LANDSEASKY occurs across an array of venues in Seoul, South Korea in partnership with Artsonje Center, Lee Hwaik Gallery, ONE AND J Gallery, Opsis Art, Gallery IHN, and Gallery Skape.
Australia-Korea Internship Program (AKIP) 2013
The Australia-Korea Internship Program (AKIP) is a competitive business internship program for eight high-achieving Australian senior undergraduate university students from across Australia. AKIP recruits students who are interested in pursuing Korea-related business careers while enhancing mutual understanding and knowledge of Australia-Korea relations. The seven week full-time internship program offers students an invaluable opportunity to develop their professional and cross-cultural skills through on the job experience within businesses and multi-national organizations in the Republic of Korea (ROK). The aim of AKIP is to complement Australian undergraduate studies with a Korea-related major, and provide students with important insights into international business practices and develop cross-cultural communication skills while promoting people-to-people exchange links between Australia and Korea.
In 2013, a total of 8 interns participated in the program from universities across Australia (Queensland University of Technology, University of New South Wales, Deakin University, University of Sydney, Monash University and University of Western Australia) and travelled to Korea over January and February 2013. Recent placements have been with POSCO, POSRI, Hyundai Heavy Industry, Hyundai Corporation and Daewoo International. Also, through homestay and weekly Korean language and culture workshops, the students were able to gain invaluable experience on both professional and personal levels.
AKIP is a biannual program with the next placements scheduled for January-February 2015.
Further details of AKIP 2015 and application procedures will be announced on the website around September 2014.
AKF/University of Sydney Media Interns in Korea 2012-13
The Australia-Korea Foundation and the University of Sydney sent four media interns to Korea during 2012-13. All four interns were students in journalism at the University of Sydney. After completing orientation at the Australian Embassy in Seoul, they then engaged in professional work as journalists for four weeks.
Two of the interns were assigned to the Korea Herald and worked on copy-editing whilst undertaking independent research for what would later become published work. They learnt valuable insights into research techniques, the importance of house style and, most importantly, what makes for an achievable story pitch. In the final two weeks, they were able to get several stories published.
The other two interns completed their internship at TBS Radio. During this time, they were given their own weekly segment where they would discuss their experiences as an Australian in Seoul. Each of these broadcasts involved original research, scripting and the actual producing of segment. During the time at TBS, they produced several segments that were largely focused on cultural topics.
World Vision Korea Children's Choir Australia Tour 2012
The tour comprised of 27 students from years 7, 8 & 9 and 6 staff members from Korea. The tour started in Melbourne, continued on to Canberra and was completed in Sydney. The tour was not only about allowing Australians to experience the world famous performances of the World Vision Korea Children's Choir, but also to interact with the local community and local choirs.
The principal aim was to strengthen the music culture exchange between Australia and Korea, and utilizing this common appreciation to enhance the friendship between the two countries. It provided an opportunity for the local Australian community, as well as the expatriate Korean community, to experience performances of the World Vision Korea Children's Choir, which gave insight to the folk and ethnic traditions of Korea.
Korea-Australia Green Growth International Workshop: Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Living 2012
An Australian delegation of 14 senior and mid-career researchers visited Korea to participate in the Green Growth workshop: "Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Living", related technical visits to Korean research institutes and a round table meeting organised by the Australian Embassy in Korea on Australia Korea S&T collaboration, with involvement from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF); The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). The participants were selected for their expertise in the workshop topic fields and their interest in strengthening the S&T relationship between Australia and Korea.
The activity allowed for Australian and Korean researchers working in parallel S&T areas to meet and discuss their personal research interest and that of their institution and also the broader science and policy situations in both countries. The activity was to act as a platform to develop strategic relationships, allow for Australian and Korean delegates to achieve a greater understanding by comparing approaches and technologies and to explore new collaborative opportunities between the two countries.
James Mitchenson: Korea University Graduate School of Law, Masters of Law Program (DALS)
James Mitchenson's travelled to Korea to attend Korea University Graduate School of Law to complete a Masters of Law with a specialty in International Arbitration.
On 21 February 2012 James graduated from Korea University with a Masters of Law. Whilst studying he also worked as an intern at Bae, Kim & Lee in the International Practice Group. James intends to return to Seoul to work in the near future and will continue to expand on his advanced knowledge of the Korean language while working in Australia.
"Due to my great experience I have decided to pursue a career in Seoul as a lawyer working in International Arbitration. I believe I achieved the objectives and aims of the program and will continue to work towards strengthening the ties between Australia and Korea" - James Mitchenson
Athalia Iwansjah: A Year in Korea, Australian National University and Yonsei University 2012-13
Athalia Iwansjah, a student from the Australian National University (ANU), spent a year (2012-2013) as an exchange student in Seoul at Yonsei University. Her aim in completing her ‘Year in Korea’ was to improve her Korean language skills and gain more awareness of the culture.
The year of study at Yonsei University is a part of the ‘Year in Asia’ program conducted by ANU, consisting of 6 months of intensive Korean Language course and 6 months of mainstream courses taught in Korean.
"By undertaking the Year in Korea, with the help of the AKF Scholarship, I was able to increase my awareness of both the Korean language and my knowledge of Korean society. With this in hand, I am now able to understand Korean culture better, and hope to use this knowledge to promote Australia's relationship with Korea. The AKF Scholarship helped me to complete my goals in Korea, without having the stress of a financial burden. My time as an exchange student has helped me gain in-country experience, of which I hope will assist in a future career in a Korea-related field." - Athalia Irwansjah
George Rose Photographs of 1904 Korea Project
George Rose, an Australian photographer, visited Korea in 1904 and took a number of photographs of everyday life in Korea at that time. These historically-significant images were drawn to the attention of the Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF), which gained access to the glass negatives and funded the publication of a collection of the photographs of early 20th Century Korea, together with background information and historical commentary. Importantly, this work ensures that as many Koreans and Australians as possible would be able to see these treasured moments in time. The George Rose photographs reveal many aspects of Korea’s recent history that may have been otherwise forgotten.
George Rose Photographs of Korea