E-Net News

Sang Nam earns spot at international curatorial competition

Communications assistant professor Sang Nam was named one of 10 finalists who will participate in a worldwide curatorial competition in Korea.

Sang Nam

The competition, which is co-hosted by the Korean newspaper Financial News and by FnArt and Hzone and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, the City of Seoul and the Seoul Art Center, will award a $10,000 grand prize to the winner of the competition.

Nam entered the contest with Andrew Deutsch, a colleague from Alfred University, and won a spot in the final round of the first international contest for curators, earning them the opportunity to organize an exhibition at the Seoul Art Center. They were given $3,000 in prize money for the finals of the competition, and their display will run from June 29-July 21.

Nam's exhibition is titled "Sound as Object: Trendsetters in Electronic Music." It will focus on electronic music with which people have a rare opportunity to engage deeply, Nam said. He added that its main theme is to share sound people normally don’t recognize and appreciate.

Ann Hamilton, Stephen Vietelo, Harald Bode, Peer Bode, Andrew Deutsch, Tetsu Inoue and Nam will all provide works for the exhibition.

The other pieces selected are:

  • Hamilton's “The First Line”
  • Vitielo's “Sounds Building in the Fading Light”
  • Pauline Oliveros' “Candle Ice”
  • Harald Bode's, “Vocoder Demo”
  • Peer Bode's, “Video Voice”
  • Deutsch's “Basalt”
  • Inoue's “Object and Organic Code”
  • Nam's “Noise Study”

Judges for the competition include Irina Zucca Alessandrelli (curator for ILSOLE24ORE and editor of www.wundernest.com), Huang Du (independent curator from China, current adviser of Echigo-Tsumari Art Trennale in Japan), Jin-seok Seo (curator and director of Space Loop in Korea), Sang-Yong Shim (curator,  professor of Curating at Dong-Deok Women’s University, president of Association for Korean Aesthetics, editor of Modern Arts in Korea and adviser of Kwang-Joo Biennale), Jae-Gap Yoon (commissioner for the 2011 Korean Exhibition Venice Biennale), Gun-Soo Lee (editor in chief of Fine Arts Monthly) and Jin-Sang Yoo (professor of Project Art at Gae-Won School of Art & Design).

The judges selected the final 10 curators based on their exhibition concepts, exhibition sketches, artists’ work and PR plan, among other criteria.

After the exhibition, the judges will select one grand-prize winner and two second-place winners, with the judges' own evaluations and assessments of the exhibitions being worth 50 percent of the score and audience input comprising the other 50 percent.

Colin Donohue,
5/30/2012 8:44 AM