Seoulist Weekender: September 30–October 3

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Seoul WOW Book Festival | October 1–3
Beginning September 28th, both international and local cartoon artists will gather in Seoul to display their art and share their stories. While many of the events will be held in Korean, readers of all linguistic backgrounds (especially those with an interest in cartoons and graphic novels) will enjoy the 3-day book fair that features a book “street” and live performances.

Saturday, 7 pm: Kim MugWeon drawing performance
Sunday, 6 pm: “Book-tist” concert
Monday, 3:30 pm: WowBook local concert

Outdoor stage near “In the Paper” gallery, between Sangsu station exit 1 (5-minute walk) and Hongdae station exit 7 (15-minute walk). Mapo-gu Sangsu-dong 318-1. Website (Korean only)

Seoul Digital Media Content Festival | September 29–October 1
This expansive festival is hosting a variety of events related to Korean digital media. The diversity of its events borders on the bizarre; with a job fair, kids’ robot art competition, film series for the blind, charity bazaar, and a digital fashion show, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Two blocks north-west of Digital Media City station (map). Check out the full schedule here.

MOTOElastico + Luff MODULE opening reception | September 29, 7–10 pm
Celebrate the opening of Italian artist pair MOTOElastico + Luff’s exhibit featuring a collection of prints and OTTO!, mysteriously described as “an award winning connection system.”
At Gallery B_E, 132-22 Nonhyeon-dong (3F Younhyun Building).

Image from souvenirsfromearth.tvSOUVENIRS FROM EARTH with louis quatorze | September 30, 8–11 pm
SOUVENIRS FROM EARTH is an international cable TV station that presents video art from all over the world and develops new forms of art distribution. Video art, film, visual art, music, installations and performances are screened and curated by founder and artist Marcus Kreiss with curator and artist Alex Crichton. SOUVENIRS FROM EARTH invites you to the official launching party in Korea. Works specially curated for this event will be screened.
Located at Platoon in Nonhyeon-dong. Visit event website for more info.

Image from koreafashion.orgThe Korea Heritage Fashion Show | October 2, 7–8 pm
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Cultural Properties Administration, the Korea Heritage Fashion Show is planned as a look back at Korea’s traditional cultural contents while looking forward to the future face of Korean fashion. Check out Yahae’s Facebook event page for more info and a chance to win VIP tickets (standing room is free).
Fashion show takes place in front of the Heungrye (main inner) gate at Gyeongbok Palace. More info in English and Korean.

Going Underground 2011: Seoul & Berlin short film festival | through October 4
How many people can remember a time when short films were shown alongside blockbusters in your local movie theater? Going Underground, in its ninth year, brings short films to their largest and most diverse audience through subway trains. This year, 25 “ultra-short” 90-second films will be shown in Seoul Metro trains at the same time as they are shown in Berlin’s trains. Some 3,800 monitors in Berlin and another 6,100 screens in Seoul will turn the trains into the world’s biggest movie theater. Even more interesting? All of the entries are silent films. At the end of the festival, passengers can vote for their favorite films and win prizes via smartphone link or by visiting the Going Underground Facebook page.

Photo from sejongpac.or.krOutdoor art exhibit: A Dream of Fish | Through October 10
Colorful fabric fish are suspended mid-air in this exhibit by the art collaboration Sum Shuida (숨 쉬다, or “breathe”). Hoping to instill a breath of fresh air in the humdrum of modern life, the artist duo strung up these almost-childish, plump creatures in a plaza surrounded by tall concrete buildings and busy streets. Stop here for a breather before or after taking in a performance.
Sejong Arts Academy of Sejong Center for the Performing Arts.

Additional reportage by Vivian Lee. Admission for mentioned events is free unless noted otherwise.

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