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Korean folk tales retold through virtual media art

posted 07 Jan 2022

Folk tales, myths and ghost stories spanning generations are coming alive through vivid media art, drawing visitors into their supernatural worlds.

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the art world's adoption of immersive technologies, extended reality ― an umbrella term for virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) ― is emerging as a new driver of innovation.

The government plans to invest 57.8 billion won ($48.9 million) next year in nurturing immersive content, as part of its Digital New Deal initiative, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Media artist Hong Gyoung-tae, the CEO of Design Silverfish, organizer of the virtual "Curious 12 Tales" exhibition, said he wanted to reflect Koreanness through digital art.

"What we do is interpret the space and suggest the best way to display the proper concept. I wanted to fill the space with creatures, monsters and ghosts that often appear in Korean folk tales because they have their own sensibility and originality. What is the most Korean is the most global," he told The Korea Times.

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