The Artist screening at SangSang Madang | February 16
This black and white masterpiece fashioned after the silent films of the early 20th century recently garnered 10 Oscar nominations. The story follows the waning career of the dashing silent film star George Valentin and a rising star in the “talkies,” Peppy Miller, as their paths crisscross through the early Hollywood landscape. The simplicity of the black and white format, combined with a jazzy orchestral track, leaves space for the audience to focus on the brilliance of the acting and develop a new appreciation for cinematography. TIP: Get your tickets early, there are only 100 seats in the theater! Tickets 8,000 won at SangSang Madang in Hongdae.
Graduate Design Exhibition Korea | February 16–18
GDEK is a 2-day exhibition showcasing designs ranging from typography to ceramics—all made by talented designers fresh out of school. At Seoul Museum of Art at Gyeonghuigung, located between Seodaemun station (exit 4) or Gwanghwamun station (exit 7). Open 10 am–6 pm.
Toro y Moi live in Seoul, with Vinyl Williams | February 17, 9 pm
Toro y Moi, the increasingly popular A-lister of the chillwave scene, is headed by South Carolina native Chazwick Bundick. Pitchfork has dubbed his sound as “warm, wobbly pop,” and “retro chic” that somehow still sounds “futuristic.” (Watch the mini-documentary and see for yourself.) Bonus fact: Bundick, a graphic designer by training, creates all of the t-shirts and album artwork himself. Also featuring the experimental pop of Vinyl Williams, an LA native who blends full analog and digital setups and is an artist in his own right as well. Tickets 40,000 won in advance, 48,000 at the door. At V-Hall, Seogyo-dong 356-1. More info here.
Seoulites social networking party | February 18, 7 pm
Interested in doing business and networking with other professionals in Seoul? Try attending a Seoulites event. They host regular meetups every month and their second mixer of 2012 takes place this Saturday at Platoon Kunsthalle in Nonhyeon-dong. RSVP on Facebook.
Axis True Live Stories | February 19, 7–10 pm
This live storytelling series, inspired by The Moth, is gaining traction in Seoul’s expat scene. The stories may range from the hilarious to heartbreaking, but they’re all true and narrated without notes. This weekend’s theme?: “Fiasco! Stories of spectacular failures.” Entry is free and organizers will be raising money for the UNHCR to help with the famine in Somalia. RSVP to the event or join the group on Facebook. Berlin Cafe & Lounge, Itaewon-dong 457-1.
Dutch Magical Realism at the SNU Museum of Art | Through April 12
In celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations with the Netherlands, the Dutch Embassy is sponsoring an exhibit of art never before displayed in Korea. Launched last week, “[t]he show will trace 80 years of figurative art, from the stylistic developments of Dutch Realism, which began in the 1920s (the painting by Schuhmacher dedicated to St Giminiano is from 1926), through to the current century (the latest works are from 2008).” (SNU) Admission 3,000 won. Open 10 am–6 pm Tuesday through Sunday. From Seoul National University Station exit 2, walk 20 minutes (map) or take buses 5511, 5513 or 5515 to the university gates.