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Apr. 5, 2012
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Seoul’s interdisciplinary arts festival “Festival Bo:m” opens (March 22–April 18, 2012)
The 6th edition of Seoul’s annual international interdisciplinary arts festival “Festival Bo:m is held in 2012 with a program of 22 works from eight countries covering all the genres of contemporary arts, with dance, theater, art, music, film and multi-genre works.
Representing the “post-drama theater” movement and scheduled as the opening performance of the festival is the work Here’s Looking at You, Social Context of Delusion! by the nonconformist German theater figure René Pollesch. Other works include She She Pop’s Testament, in which the actresses’ actual fathers appear on stage for a dialogue of the generations based on King Lear, and Life and Times: Episode 1 by one of America’s most talked about theater companies, Nature Theater of Oklahoma.
One of the themes of this year’s festival is “Asian Contemporary” by Korean artists. The aim is to provoke thought about Asian contemporary-ness that breaks out of the conventions of the Western-based theories and science that have dominated the modern world. Works based on this theme span numerous genres and range from the documentary and lecture Crossroads+Asian Gothic by Park Chan-kyong, who asserts an interesting concept of Asian Gothic and explores this theme with a focus on a “national shaman,” a living cultural asset; and the work Through the Copper Looking Glass, Darkly by Tink Tank, which uses the historically prominent copper mirror of Central Asia as a medium for an anthropologically oriented exploration of differences between the West and Asia; to the work Ramen Ensemble, a work in which a mechanism critic and artists form an ‘ensemble’ with scientists to create a science performance.
Participating from Japan are Pijin Neji with the 2011 Festival/Tokyo award-winning work the acting motivation, Tetsuya Umeda’s waiting room, a work in which Umeda uses waste articles and daily commodities to create light, sound and movement in one-time performances, and a showing of Chim↑Pom’s From Super Rat to Real Times, a film that deals straight on with last year’s nuclear power plant accident in Fukushima, Japan.
Also on the program are numerous new works by young Korean artists including Ji-Sun Kim, creator of performative works and the next-generation choreographer Hyun-Joon Chang.
Post-performance talks and symposiums will focus on the five subjects of “Asian Contemporary,” “Post-drama Theater,” Japan’s Ten(10)nen Generation,” “Korea’s New Wave” and “The Shift in Center from Western to Non-Western.”

Festival Outline
Today’s Festival Bo:m was launched in 2007 as the “Spring Wave” with the aim of becoming a dynamic contemporary arts festival that values the spirit of experimentation and challenge and places the focus on discovering new artists in order to present. In 2008, the name was changed to Bom, which means both spring and seeing in Korean, and it has been organized since on an annual three-week schedule from March into April utilizing a variety of venues around Seoul. Amid today’s trend of contemporary arts to cross over the boundaries of the existing genres of dance, theater, art, music, film and performance, Festival Bo:m continues to explore and question the new trends of interdisciplinary arts. The festival’s director is Seong Hee Kim, who served as director of Modafe (International Modern Dance Festival).
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