Reporting the Future With New Media Art SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016

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Mina Cheon


The 9th Mediacity Biennale (September 1 – November 20, 2016) is exhibited in all four buildings of the Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), spreading the new media exhibition widely across the city. The exhibition is about the future in today’s world. This article reviews the exhibition, highlighting the forward looking and tomorrow focused new media artworks.

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Amanda Cachia, “Disabling’ the museum: Curator as infrastructural activist,” Journal of Visual Art Practice, Volume 12 Number 3, (Taylor &Francis Online Journal: 2013), 257-289.

HG Masters, “Interview with Mediacity Seoul 2016 artistic director Beck Jee-sook,” in Art Asia Pacific: Biennales in Korea: Maria Lind, Beck Jee-sook, Yun Cheagab, Database of Korean content in AAP, Special Supplement Sept/Oct 2016, No. 100 (Gwangju, Korea: APP and Korea Arts Management Service), 11.


Ibid, 8.

Ibid, 16.

Ibid., 260. Cachia also writes, “I’ve curated three exhibitions with disability-related content, with another scheduled for autumn 2014. These include ‘Medusa’s Mirror: Fears, Spells & Other Transfixed Positions’ for Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, California (13 September–20 October 2011), ‘What Can a Body Do?’ for Haverford College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in Pennsylvania (26 October–16 December 2012) (, ‘Cripping Cyberspace: A Contemporary Virtual Art Exhibition’, co-sponsored and co-presented by the Common Pulse Intersecting Abilities Art Festival and the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies in 2013, and ‘LOUD Silence’, to be presented 6 September–6 December 2014 by the Grand Central Art Center at California State University in Santa Ana,” ibid., 258.

Kim Hong-hee, ibid., “SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016,” in Exhibition Guide, 7-8.

Kim Hong-hee, “SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016,” in SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016 NERIRI KIRURU HARARA, in Exhibition Guide (Seoul, Korea: 2016), 5.

Roland Barthes, The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies (Oakland: University of California Press, 1979), pp. 27-29.

“SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016,” Exhibition Guide, ibid., 13.

“SeMABiennale Mediacity Seoul 2016,” Exhibition Guide, ibid., 121.

SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016 NERIRI KIRURU HARARA, Press Release on E-Flux,

Statement by Taeyoon Choi, Sara Hendren, Alice Sheppard, Nodl School, at the Uncertainty School. Published on Mediacity Seoul page, Facebook, September 3, 2016.

Two translated versions of the poem can be found on this blog site by Blythe Woolston in “One Poem / Two Translations,” November 5, 2010.

Walter Benjamin, “The Destrucive Character,” 1931, Selected Writings, Volume 2: 1927-1934, trans. Edmund Jephcott (Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1999), 542, in “SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016,” Exhibition Guide, ibid., 3.