About Downtown Variety: SeoulArts Korea Edition
A co-founder of CultureHub, Seoul Institute of the Arts is an educational institution in Korea that supports the creative process of emerging artists through interdisciplinary exploration in the fields of performance and media art. Graduates and faculty of the Institute have made significant contributions to the wave of contemporary art coming out of Korea. Downtown Variety: SeoulArts Korea Edition will capture the immense momentum of the young Korean artists as they confront current issues and phenomena in a rapidly changing world.
In the spirit of La MaMa, contemporary artists will open new spaces of freedom, experiment and create new connections and meeting points.
Performances for this edition include:
Desire and Desire (Byeongil LEE, Wonchul CHOI, Heerae YANG, Sojung JEON, Insu JUNG, Jiwoo PARK, Hyunmin KIM, Siyu SONG, Jooseung HWANG, Sia KO, Minhye YU, Jaewan BAE, Juyeong KIM, Hyungwoo KIM, Heeseo SON, Minsang CHO)
Home Sweet Home (Koeun HWANG, Eunyoung KEY, Seoyeon KI, Dabeen JEONG, Minjun PARK)
Notice (Seoyun LEE, Saeyan JANG)
Many-Worlds Reverb (Phillip LUI)
Along the Time Difference (Minhyung JUNG)
AR Video (Yunseung DOH, Junyoung HONG, Jooyeon KAN, Sunguk HOH, Dagyeong KWAK, Junseok LIM)
Powered by LiveLab, a browser-based media-router for collaborative performance by CultureHub.
Creative Technologist — Sangmin Chae
Lead Technician — DeAndra Anthony
Video Production Coordinator — Jean Garcia
CultureHub is a global art and technology community that was born out of decades of collaboration between La MaMa and the Seoul Institute of the Arts, Korea’s first contemporary performing arts school. These two pioneering institutions sought to explore how the internet and digital technologies could foster a more sustainable model for international exchange and creativity.
Now in its 10th year, CultureHub has grown into a global network with studios in New York, Los Angeles, Korea, Indonesia, and Italy, providing connected environments for artists to critically examine our evolving relationship to technology. Through residencies, live productions, and educational programming, CultureHub advances the work of artists experimenting with emerging technologies in search of new artistic forms. CultureHub builds new partnerships that expand our network and provide increased access to online and offline platforms that fuel artist mobility, create opportunities for cultural exchange, and broaden human understanding through the convergence of art, technology, and education.
CultureHub is deeply committed to the use of open source and consumer-based technology to make electronic media art accessible to artists and audiences. In the past year, CultureHub collaborated with resident artist Olivia Jack to produce LiveLab, an open source video call software designed specifically for artists, educators, and cultural organizations. The LiveLab toolkit provides a flexible and artful environment for producing multi-location performances, workshops, and cultural exchanges. Built as an alternative to hardware video conferencing systems, LiveLab is customizable, free of cost, and as easy to use as Skype or Google Hangouts.
La MaMa and CultureHub are teaming up to create a Downtown Variety, a weekly online live performance series that will feature short acts of dance, music, theater, new media, comedy, A/V performance, and more. Responding to calls for social isolation, Downtown Variety brings La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance.