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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Sound Effects Seoul 2017

08 Dec 2017 - 31 Jan 2018

Venue: ARKO Art Center,

Directors: Baruch Gottlieb, Ji Yoon Yang
Participants: Halil Altindere, Heba Y. Amin, Bang Jun Suk+Fahrettin Orenli, Wesley Goatley, Youngmean Kang, Kichul Kim, Youngsup Kim, Byungjun Kwon, Chunghyung Lee, Mari Matsutoya, Christof Migone + Marla Hlady, Yangachi, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES +TAKUJI KOGO

Exhibition introduction

Started in 2007, Sound Effects Seoul, the Seoul International Sound Art Festival has been exploring artistic reflections on contemporary life through listening. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is its 10th anniversary exhibition. With 13 international artists and groups, we aim to open up the concept "revolution" through an explorations of its sounds. Revolutionary events have a special excited auditory profile, full of shouting and chanting, songs and speeches, in the streets and in the distance.

The title of the exhibition The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is the title of a song by 1970’s American poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron. This song is a pioneering work of political rap that criticizes the contradictions and hypocrisy in American society hidden by mass media and commercial culture. The same problem is evident today in Korea and around the world.

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Acknowledging its difficulties and its troubled legacy, the Russian Revolution was for a futuristic, scientific, technological revolution, a deeply modern and humanist vision for a better future for all humanity. Its radically egalitarian project sent shock waves through the world which still fundamentally influence our aspirations today. A number of revolutions in the past 100 years have strived for more just societies and better prospects in every part of the world, burning with the fire of the Russian Revolution.

Revolution begins with human voice. The 10th anniversary festival of SFX Seoul will feature a rich spoken word program with political discussions, spoken word, poetry, and speculative performances. Come experience “The Revolution will not be Televised” where the atmosphere is buzzing with the anxiousness and excitement of imminent revolution.

Seminar: 7-9pm, Jan 19th (Fri), 2018



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