Clik | Edition 25 | January 2023.
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We are delighted to connect with you through live events at physical spaces, via hybrid modes or virtually at the click of a button! We invite you to join us, whenever you are ready, or from wherever you are, on myriad creative journeys, where with valued partners in India and in Korea, we explore new pathways and experiences, the magic of live performances and exhibitions or engage with those newly imagined from creation to reception and distribution on digital platforms. In this edition, as we open our cultural calendar, through a combination of phygital presentations, we invite you to evocative journeys and sensory experiences that though moored in local culture, connect and resonate with audiences worldwide!

We hope, with this e-digest, to stay meaningfully connected with you, to discover and engage with the unique, local characteristics as well as the shared, global dimensions of the dynamic, ongoing intercultural dialogue between India and Korea.

Happy New Year and best wishes for good health and harmony!

05
January

Annyeong Station - K-LOUNGE - Episode 4

Presented by


An online space for conversation, interaction and exchange...

Annyeong Station, is a platform in our infotainment section, for conversation, interaction and exchange. With a focus on Korean popular culture, this online space will include two 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.

In the fourth episode of Season 2 of the K-lounge section on Annyeong Station we present an engaging conversation that focuses on the phenomnal appeal of K-pop. We present Shriya Lenka, India’s first K-pop idol, in conversation with Puja Talwar, Executive Editor, Lifestyle and Entertainment, Good Times. Join us for what promises to be an insightful, sparkling discussion!

From Odisha to Seoul, 19 year old Shriya Lenka made history becoming India’s first K-pop Idol. She is the fifth member of the girl band Black Swan. The teenager who was selected through a global audition programme organised by DR Music Blackswan Music Company, is part of a multi cultural group with singers from Korea, India, Brazil and Senegal.

To join this conversation, clik on https://www.instagram.com/inkocentre/ on Thursday, 5 January 2023 at 11.30 a.m. IST.


07
January

Learn Seoye (Korean Calligraphy) & Minhwa (Korean folk painting)

In association with


Chennai 1 King Sejong Institute

Seoye or Korean calligraphy is not a symmetrical arrangement of conventional shapes but rather, something like the coordinated movements of a skillfully choreographed dance - impulse, movement, momentary poise and the interplay of active forces combining to form a balanced whole. With simple, basic rules learn to write Hangul - the graphic Korean alphabet and draw flowers like chrysanthemums and cherry blossoms.

Minhwa or Korean folk painting, is an extraordinary, unconventional form of traditional Korean art which encompasses a variety of subjects and methods of expression and displays a strong adherence to symbols and events drawn from everyday life. Minhwa ranges from bird and flower paintings to the tiger and the dragon and the ten longevity symbols. Strong lines, vivid colours, bold, unconventional wit, humour and innate optimism combine to create a philosophy that is uniquely Korean.

The classes are conducted by Ms. Park Soon Jin, a highly skilled Korean artist with over 20 years' experience.

Every Saturday / 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Course commences on Saturday, 7 January 2023.

Course duration: 3 months

Limited seats available. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further enquiries and to register, please call T: 044-2436 1224 enquiries@inkocentre.org.


20
January

MADRAS MUSE: Exploring the material truth

- a group exhibition by Chennai-based artists at The Gallery @ InKo Centre.

Madras Muse is an exhibition by 4 Chennai-based artists who constantly undertake material investigations. Each artist explores the idea in a different context and has an inherent creative dialogue that serves as a visual conversation about the time we live in. The featured artists strongly believe that the power of the Muse initiates multiple paradigm shifts and reinforces social cohesion. Madras Muse is an attempt to examine cultural connections and to share myriad nuances regarding material truth to diverse audiences.

Each artist’s work reflects the reciprocal visual dialogues of our current socio-political maladies and it expresses the common man's voice of imagination with compassion. The artists believe that art is an evocative vehicle of cohesive nuances- a delicate interlacing of social and emotional content and an amalgam of reality and imagination. The content of the body of artworks explores the ever evolving human condition, delving into social constructs and systems, and examining how they impact the human psyche and ways of being.

Featuring:
Geetika Juyal Chatterjee
Michael Irudayaraj
Samuel Jayachandran
Vijayaraghavan.S

The featured artworks are multi-nuanced conversations charting tensional referentiality of meta-narratives, connecting social transformation, memory, duality & binaries, and spiritual identity.

Four Chennai-based artists come together to share myriad perspectives through experimental art practices:


Geetika Juyal Chatterjee's work delves into the interconnected web of logic, life force and spirit. Her visual language is of geometric minimal abstraction with an inherent spiritual essence. She believes in three aspects of her art- the subtle energy or life force in phenomenal nature, the unseen logic governing this nature expressed as geometry and the spiritual essence at the heart of all, which is beyond description.


Michael Irudayaraj's works capture and display the expressions of the unconscious mind and the layering technique in his work gives a meta-narrative quality to his pictorial composition. He focuses on recollecting past memories, history, incidents and fuses them with self-discovery. His art practice reveals a diverse visual conversation establishing the relationship between human nature, body-mind, pain-pleasure, past-present blening with a homegrown culturally rooted expression of his ‘Tamil-cultural’ ideology.


Samuel Jayachandran's works tend to draw to the foreground, seemingly unnoticeable objects or issues in life that are overlooked as ordinary by humanity at large. His core body of artworks express the absence of aesthetic value or visual elements, to make it a tool for societal transformation by mergig with pop art and bringing in social elements that are hidden amidst a brightly coloured image the artist highlights the depth behind the artwork.


Vijayaraghavan's artworks explore the conceptual metaphorical relationship between self and society. His works express the search that underpins human life and existence. The works expose the dual forces or binaries operating in day-to-day life- truth and falsity, the positive and the negative, attraction and repulsion, the malignant and the benign and the conceptual ideas of reciprocal visual dialogues of dehumanising in the urban context. His work is characterised by the parallel encounters from the conventional to the unconventional and expanding to the realm of new media technologies and dimensions of estrangements of the pictorial surface into perceptible images

What binds the four artists is their experimental approch and a deeply rooted way of thinking, the triumph of imaginative novelties and an enduring urge to explore, understand and share socio-cultural and spiritual realities with diverse audiences.

The exhibition will open at The Gallery @ InKo Centre on Friday, 20 January 2023 at 6.00 p.m.

The exhibition will be on view until Sunday, 19 February 2023. For further

For further information, please contact: InKo Centre T: 044-2436 1224 E: enquiries@inkocentre.org.


This is a physical event and all prescribed Covid-related protocols will be strictly followed.

Presented in association with


Korea National Contemporary Dance Company

Dance on Film is a specially curated series of contemporary dance projects developed by the Korea 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.

In the Land of Punctuation is a dance performance created for children and young adults. The production is inspired by the picture book, In the Land of Punctuation, with poetry by Christian Morgenstern and illustration by Rathna Ramanathan, where unique graphic design meets poetic depiction. The book by Chennai-based Tara Books has been translated and published in Korea by Borim Press. The dancers who become living ‘punctuations’ through the lens of choreographer Jung Youngdoo, also act as notes responding to the music on stage, while meeting other ‘punctuations’ creating a unique formative image. The delightful, multifaceted music performed by two pianists, written by composer Sheen Dongil adds to the theatricality of the piece with stage art by designer Jung Minsun complementing movement and music with a refined sensibility.

Punctuations refer to the symbols that one uses in a sentence, such as commas, full stops, or question marks, in order to deliver the meaning of the text accurately. Sometimes they may indicate a stop, an interruption, stepping aside, or a pause and other times they may express an intonation, intention or emotion.

In the Land of Punctuation foregrounds the punctuations as symbols with meanings that organically permeated our everyday lives. The production presents such symbols and meaning, audio-visually.

Credits:
Choreographer: Jung Youngdoo
Choreography Asistant: Jung Logyee
Movement: Co-creation
Dancer: Kang Dasom, Kim Suin, Jin Zhiyuan, Roh Yeseul, Yum Joungyun, Yi Yeji, Lee Youjin, Jung Logyee, Joo Junghyun
Music: Sheen Dongil
Pianist: Shin Eunkyoung, An Jia
Scenography·Costume Designer: Jung Minsun
Lighting Designer: Ko Gwikyoung
Technical Director: Eo Kyoungjun
Sound Director: Kim Sichul
Stage Manager: Lee Doyup

Dance on Film is a specially curated series of contemporary dance projects developed by the Korea 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.

About Korea National Contemporary Dance Company

Established in 2010, the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company (KNCDC) is Korea's only national contemporary dance company. Through dance created in collaboration with artists with exceptional creative capacities, KNCDC aspires to create Korea contemporary dance which tells stories of history, society and daily lives of contemporaneity that can be appreciated across regions and by all generations.

As an organization that specializes in the creation of new productions, KNCDC seeks to realise diverse contemporary values in dance performances. KNCDC commissions productions by inviting choreographers with authentic artistic directions and by selecting the most suitable dancers for each project. Furthermore, by protecting the rights of the artists, KNCDC enables artists to freely express individuality within the dance company’s stable system.

KNCDC continues to work to provide the best environment for dance where the artists and audience can grow together. And as a platform where artists and audiences meet, the company hopes to form a healthy ecosystem where diverse values can coexist. KNCDC plans to enrich the lives of citizens through their experiences with dance at close proximity, in their day-to-day life.

To view the film clik on www.inkocentre.org/Virtual_Connect_Cultural_Collaborations.html on Friday, 27 January 2023 at 6.00 p.m. IST.

The link to view the film will be accessible until Thursday, 2 February 2023.