We are delighted to connect with you virtually at the click of a button! We invite you to join us, whenever you are ready, from wherever you are, on myriad creative journeys, where with valued partners in India and in Korea, we explore new pathways and experiences, re-visit the magic of past performances and exciting exhibitions or present those newly imagined from creation to reception and distribution on digital platforms. In this edition, through virtual presentations, we present evocative journeys and sensory experiences that are moored in local culture but travel the world to resonate with audiences worldwide!
Join us at Annyeong Station, a platform created for episodic conversations and interactions with K-wave enthusiasts, industry specialists and influencers, who examine the phenomenon of Hallyu or the Korean wave and its impact on positioning Korea as an aspirational brand. Also on offer is a fun K-learn platform that provides - an opportunity to engage informally with the Korean language.
We invite you to Prism, InKo Centre's virtual gallery, a boundless space to effectively present artistic intent and to connect with audiences in the most meaningful and sensorial manner possible. It is envisaged as an online platform for representation, refraction and reflection of creative ideas and expressions by artists from India and Korea. View specially commissioned exhibitions and other interactions in this virtual space.
We hope, with this e-digest, to stay meaningfully connected with you, to discover, engage and connect with the unique, local characteristics as well as the shared, global dimensions of the dynamic, ongoing intercultural dialogue between India and Korea.
The Cultural Heritage Series - Episode 4
Jultagi - Tightrope Walking
Date: Thursday, 12 August 2021 | Time : 6.00 p.m. IST
Cultural heritage provides both tangible and intangible representations of the values, beliefs, traditions and lifestyles of prior generations, which through careful preservation, continue to have relevance in contemporary times.
The Cultural Heritage Series aims to focus episodically on introducing and celebrating singular aspects of Korea's cultural traditions. In the fourth episode of this series, we focus on Jultagi - tightrope walking with its emphasis on deftness, agility and balance while offering a witty and earthy commentary on society, politics and the general state of affairs.
Jultagi (Tightrope Walking)
Jultagi was mainly performed on special holidays like April 15, Dano (5th day of the 5th lunar month) and Chuseok (Harvest Moon Festival on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month). Tightrope clowns also performed for a fee, at private parties. There are two types of Jultagi performances, one for entertaining people of the noble class performed by exceptionally skilled clowns, and the other, for commoners, with the focus on gags and entertainment.
Jultagi performance includes tightrope clowns, jokers and musicians who play instruments such as the piri (flute), jeotdae (bamboo flute), haegeum (two-stringed fiddle), buk (drum), and janggo (hourglass-shaped drum). The rope used for the tightrope performance is about 10m long and 3m high. The feat was performed usually by a well-trained man. A folding fan or a towel held in the clown’s hand is used to balance the body. The musicians, playing a variety of traditional instruments, brighten up the atmosphere.
The clown entertained the spectators by displaying over ten distinct movements on the rope, in addition to singing or telling jokes about depraved monks or noblemen, displaying foolish or funny acts that generally added up to witty, earthy commentaries on social norms, politics and the general state of affairs.
Jultagi was designated as Korea's Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 58 in 1976 and was listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Property in 2011.
Dance on Film is a specially curated series of contemporary dance projects developed by the Korean National Contemporary Dance Company. The series, co-presented by InKo Centre and the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, will comprise a total of 5 films, varied in theme and technique, to present some of the most exciting choreographers and dancers in Korea today. With the pandemic looming large, the films provide a window to the resilience of the artists in these unprecedented times, acknowledges the march of technology and the blurring of the real and the virtual and examines deeper fundamental questions of co-existence between Man and Nature and of the possibility of transformation and resurgence through art.
The presentation of the films in the Dance on Film series, will be followed by Talking Dance: On Screen, episodic discussions with practitioners and industry experts, curated by the Attakkalari Centre of Movement Arts, a leading organisation that holistically nurtures contemporary dance practice, based in Bangalore, India
We commence our first episode in the series with Beyond Black, a compelling examination of blending Artificial Intelligence algorithms with the movement of 8 dancers. How do dots and lines capture movement and emotion and how does the real catapult into the virtual and vice versa?
The choreographer, Shin Changho, explores the possibility of Artificial Intelligence (AI) choreography based on the assumption that “if AI continues to evolve and develop, it will be able to create art, which is considered as special and exclusive to our own human realm.” Our 'body' bearing traces of numerous hours of the past and 'AI' which is built on an enormous amount of data coexists in the present, while going through a similar process of evolution. The work presents creative expressions in the present space by providing a counterpoint between the bodies of dancers and AI technology. This new work portrays a present of surreal possibilities.
Dancing Artificial intelligence programme ‘Madi’ that choreographs by learning the movements of dancers
Madi is Korea's first dancing AI. It means literally a ‘joint' (called 'madi' in Korean), a point at which bones meet and a 'connection' between humans and AI. The media art group SLITSCOPE developed AI for this work in collaboration with choreographer, Shin Changho. The movements of 8 dancers are turned into data and 'Madi' learns the data for its choreography. The dancers are filmed against a chroma-key background and their movements are extracted and added to the programme. The data that is added is simplified into dots and lines through coding. Shin uses algorithms and arranges them in a unique way. 256 minutes of learning led to creating movements corresponding to approximately 1,000 minutes. As the amount of learning increases, the movements became more elaborate, thereby creating Beyond Black, a performance with high-quality choreography. The choreography by 'Madi' is embodied by the bodies of the dancers and the audience can see the reality of 'dancing AI' as the video is projected on to LED panels.
A discussion with practitioners and industry experts curated by Attakkalari Centre of Movement Arts.
Annyeong Station, is a newly initiated platform in our infotainment section, for conversation, interaction and exchange. With a focus on Korean popular culture, this online space will include three segments:
K-factor: with freewheeling discussions, fun facts, demos and personalised conversations, with invited guests and K-enthusiasts, on K-pop, food, drama and fashion.
K-lounge: with curated interactions with industry specialists and influencers.
K-learn: which offers specially crafted, short hobby courses to connect through interlocking examples of Hallyu or the Korean Wave, with representative words, phrases and sentences of the Korean language.
Date: Friday, 27 August 2021 | Time : 6.00 p.m. IST
For the first episode of K-lounge titled Daebak, we present Puja Talwar, Executive Editor, Lifestyle and Entertainment, Good Times, in conversation with lawyer and Founder, Pink Box Events, Nikita Engheepi, Assistant Editor and video Producer, Rolling Stone India, Riddhi Chakraborty and Senior Entertainment Journalist, Bollywood Hungama, Monica Yadav. Join us for a sparkling conversation with key insights on K-pop and its global appeal and how
K-pop goes beyond song and dance, to present a message which strikes a deeper chord. The idols are ambassadors for peace and culture and have played a huge role in the rise of South Korea as a soft power with music that has healed, brought joy and comfort. The idols and their rising fandom only reiterate how K-pop powers Hallyu or the incredible Korean Wave that sweeps across the world with its sheer intensity, vigour and energy.
Moderated by Puja Talwar, Executive Editor, Lifestyle and Entertainment, Good Times, our guests include Nikita Engheepi, lawyer and founder of Pink Box Events, one of India's first event management companies to host exclusive K-pop concerts and Riddhi Chakraborty, Assistant Editor and Video Producer, Rolling Stone India, Senior Entertainment Journalist, Bollywood Hungama, Monica Yadav, who has vast experience in writing about the K-pop phenomenon with interviews with Korean artists as well creation of well-researched video content backed by as photoshoots in Korea and India.