Seoulist Weekender: May 25–27

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Unordinary Families Exhibition | May 26–June 1
What does it mean to be a typical family in Korea? “Unordinary Families” (정상가족 관람불가) is a photo exhibition that challenges the notion of the nuclear family through pictures and storybooks of minorities in Korean society. The show includes staged shots representing single mothers, gay couples and even those who choose to live alone. Opening party is on Saturday at 5 pm. Open 11 am–9 pm on May 26–28 and 1 pm–9 pm on May 29–June 1. At Daehakno Gallery (대학로갤러리) located near Hyehwa Station, exit 2. More info available here (Korean).

Encore interactive performance & hanok tour | Saturday, May 26, 5 pm
We covered this multi-disciplinary event last month, and there’s an encore performance taking place again this weekend. Visit the Facebook event page for more: Hanok traditional housing is disappearing in the quickly-changing landscape of modern Seoul. Composer Jee Soo Shin teams up with hanok activist David Kilburn to present this interactive performance, which raises awareness about the declining number of traditional dwellings and the constant fight against developers. Performed inside Kilburn’s own hanok home in Bukchon, the piece uses a combination of traditional and Western instruments and allows the viewers to dictate how the piece will be played—different segments of music are triggered by the body movements of its listeners. Run time: 50 minutes; admission is free. Gahoe-dong 31-79, Jongno-gu. Visit nohka.org for details and directions.

Free admission to Finn Juhl at Daelim Museum | Monday, May 28, 10 am–6 pm
We don’t know the social media manager at Daelim Museum, but we do know that he or she deserves a raise for stirring up art-loving Seoulites with a social media promotion that went viral by guaranteeing free admission to the Finn Juhl exhibition—if enough people shared it. Now, anyone who’s “liked” their Facebook Page or follows their Twitter account is invited to view the expertly crafted collection of the late Danish furniture designer, from 10 am to 6 pm on Monday, May 28. They’re even throwing in a free exhibition poster or pencil for all visitors. Visit the museum website for map and directions. Note: Be sure to bring some kind of proof that you’re connected to them via Facebook or Twitter. They may ask to see your smartphone, a snapshot or printed evidence!

Seoul LGBT film festival | May 24–30
An LGBT film festival in the city that tried to curb Lady Gaga’s world tour? Yes, believe it. In fact, this film festival is well into its 12th year and running. English-language films include The Perfect Family (which stars Zooey Deschanel’s sister Emily) and Keep The Lights On. Most of the Korean films have English subtitles as well. See the full (bilingual) schedule here. Tickets 6,000 won via Yes 24]; day passes 15–20,000 won (email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for directions). Located at Cinematheque/Seoul Art Cinema, near Jogno-3-ga Station (map).

World DJ Festival | May 26–28
Dubbed (pun intended) an “Oriental Electronic Paradise,” this festival promises two days and three nights of beat-packed, non-stop partying. It’s a bit of hike (an hour and a half from Yongsan Station via the Joongang line), but we’re guessing that that much partying just wasn’t allowed within city limits. Tent it up or forget about sleeping, your choice. Tickets 99,000/day or 120,000 for both at the door. Lineup and directions here. Reserve bus tickets to Yangpyeong here (Korean).

Seoul in Turbulence: As Seen by AP | Through June 3
It’s one of the last weekends to check out this special photo exhibition that captures turbulence in modern Korean history. From visitkorea.or.kr: “The exhibition displays photos of Seoul taken by American news agency Associated Press from the National Liberation of 1945, the Korean War (1950-1953), and to the April Revolution of 1960.” Map with directions here. Call (02)724-0274~6 for more information.

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