K-Arts Ars Electronica Academy

For one semester Ars Electronica accompanies the Korean National University of Arts, short K-ARTS, courses with inspirational talks and mentoring sessions. This support program for emerging artists builds on the existing curriculum of two classes, namely Interactive+ and Immersive Performance. It allows the students to work on their own artworks which will be shown at the Ars Electronica Festival in 2021.

Find out more about the programme here.

This Interactive+ Humor for the Future Community Class is an artistic reinterpretation of Korean mask-dance and drama, Tal-chum, which has led to common solidarity and empathy in humor and satire in the past community. The participant will create interactive and virtual arthouse games to experiment with new ways of communicating in the future society. The teaching faculty are LoopnTale and Insoo Park.

The Ars Electronica Experts for this course are Seiichi Saito (Artist), Jeremiah Diephuis (Artist and Mentor), Martin Honzik (CCO and Managing Director Ars Electronica Festival), Christl Baur (Head of Ars Electronica Festival) and Laura Welzenbach (Head of Ars Electronica Export).

Immersive Performance Education Class is designed to experiment with a real-time Immersive Content creation process by attempting to merge virtual reality into performance. Various majors from Korea National University of Arts will expand their expressive areas into new artistic creations through virtual reality stages that cross the boundaries between the language of performance and space-time, which enable direct communication between audiences and performers on an impromptu.
Prof. Chungyeon Cho is teaching the class with the support by Teaching Assistant Jiyean Kim.

The Ars Electronica Experts are Miwa Matreyek (Artist), Jürgen Hagler (Artist and Mentor), Martin Honzik (CCO and Managing Director Ars Electronica Festival), Christl Baur (Head of Ars Electronica Festival), Laura Welzenbach (Head of Ars Electronica Export)

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About the experts

Miwa Matreyek (US) Involvement: First Immersive Performance Session
is an animator, director, designer, and performer based in Los Angeles. Coming from a background in animation by way of collage, Miwa Matreyek creates live, staged performances where she interacts with her animations as a shadow silhouette, at the cross-section of cinematic and theatrical, fantastical and tangible, illusionistic and physical. Her work exists in a dreamlike visual space that makes invisible worlds visible, often weaving surreal and poetic narratives of conflict between man and nature. Her work exists both at the realm of the hand-made and tech. She won the Golden Nica in 2020.

Seiichi Saito (JP) Involvement: First Interactive+ Session
born in Kanagawa in 1975, began his career in New York in 2000 after graduating from Columbia University with a Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design (MSAAD). Since then, he has been active in creative work at the Arnell Group, and returned to Japan upon being selected for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial event. He produces works in the commercial art field which are three-dimensional and interactive while also being based on a firm grounding in logical thought that he cultivated through architecture. Seiichi Saito has won numerous international awards since 2009. He currently serves as Director of Rhizomatiks Co., Ltd., while also lecturing part-time at the Department of Graphic Design in the Faculty of Kyoto Seika University. In addition, he was member of the 2013 D&AD “Digital Design” Jury, 2014 Cannes LIONS “Branded Content and Entertainment” jury and Good Design Award 2015-2017 Jury. Seiichi Saito also acted as Milan Expo Japan pavilion theatre space director and Media Art Director at Roppongi Art Night 2015.

Jürgen Hagler (AT) Involvement: All three Immersive Performance Sessions
is an academic researcher and curator working at the interface of animation, game and media art. Currently, he is a Professor for Computer Animation and Media Studies in the Digital Media department at the Hagenberg Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. Since 2014 he is the co-head of the research group Playful Interactive Environments with a focus on the investigation of new and natural playful forms of interaction and the use of playful mechanisms to encourage specific behavioral patterns. Since 2017 he is the director of the Ars Electronica Animation Festival and initiator and organizer of the symposium Expanded Animation.

Jeremiah Diephuis (US) Involvement: All three Interactive+ Sessions
After studies in computational linguistics and communication and knowledge media, he turned his focus to the use of games for various purposes in the public sphere. He currently works as a lecturer and researcher in the Digital Media department at the Hagenberg Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and is a founding member of the research group “Playful Interactive Environments”.

About Korea National University of Arts

Korea National University of Arts (also known as K-ARTS) is a national university in Seoul, South Korea. Korea National University of Arts was established in 1993 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea as the only national university of arts with an aim to serve as a leading institution which cultivates artists.

About Art Collider Lab

Art Collider Lab is a platform for the future education of Korea National University of Arts, and an organization aiming at educating and creating a union of arts that will surpass six other schools: Schools of Music, Drama, Film TV & Multimedia, Dance, Visual Arts, and Korean Traditional Arts. Individual inner harmony, harmony between you and me, and harmony in society are our foundational philosophies. We support students who show an interest in convergence arts and their projects, we research ways to develop courses for future education, and we aim to create a new brand for Korea National University of Arts.

Director: Dongyean Lee (Vice President of K-ARTS, Professor of School of Korean Traditional Arts, KARTS)
Plan / Operation: Art Collider Lab, Center for Art Convergence, K-ARTS (Hana Yun, Dayoung Lee, Myungyean Lim)