Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival


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Live Event — 19 September 2021, 18:00

Propositions: Sung Hwan Kim in Conversation

Artist Sung Hwan Kim will be in conversation with musician and collaborator David Michael DiGregorio, aka dogr, and film curator Hyun Jin Cho discussing his latest work, Hair is Piece of head (머리는 머리의 부분) – a multi-part research work comprising short films, books, and installations, rooted in his exploration of the histories of Korean immigration to the United States at the turn of the twentieth century.

Live Event Participants:

Sung Hwan Kim (1975, South Korea) lives and works in New York. He studied architecture at Seoul National University, followed by a BA Mathematics and Art at Williams College, Williamstown (2000), followed by a Master of Science in Visual Studies at MIT and a residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (2004–5). Over the past two decades, Kim has been producing lyrical multimedia installations, films, and performances that merge the mythological and the everyday. Kim participated in the 57th Venice Biennale and had solo exhibitions at MoMA (2021); DAAD Galerie (Berlin, 2018); Artsonje Center (Seoul, 2014); the Tanks at Tate Modern (London, 2012); Kunsthalle Basel (2011); Queens Museum (New York, 2011); Haus der Kunst (Munich, 2010).

David Michael DiGregorio (dogr) is a musician currently based in New York. He studied piano, baroque music, and harpsichord. He made 16-mm motion pictures while fascinated by structuralism and the idea of film as musical composition. This, combined with the influence of singing choral traditional gospel, pop, Korean and American folk, and performing electro-acoustic music, now inspire him to create tectonic space through layers of voice and performance of melismatic storytelling. Previous work includes musical composition for the solo exhibition of Sung Hwan Kim, the first artist to show solo at the Oil Tanks at Tate Modern (London), 2012, including the Tate-commissioned film Temper Clay.

Hyun Jin Cho is a film curator based in London where she is Programmer for the BFI London Film Festival. She has previously worked for the London Korean Film Festival and Curzon Artificial Eye. Her recent curated projects have been presented at cultural institutions and film festivals such as Tate, ICA, REDCAT and Il Cinema Ritrovato. She is currently undertaking research on the intersection of colonial history and the culture of cinema.