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Friday, December 9, 2011

Signal Boost!: Unbridled Energy - Korean Animation and Dance in NYC

If you live in the New York area and have any love for Korean culture, specifically their animation and amazing dances, you owe yourself a visit to the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC as they host Unbridled Passion, a series of Korean art in motion in conjunction with the exhibition Korean Eye: Energy and Matter also in the museum. It looks and sounds like it'll be totally awesome. Don't believe me? Read this excerpt from their site:

Staged fantasies, reality manipulation, hybrid culture, and emerging landscapes are themes not only found in contemporary Korean fine arts, but also throughout Korea’s cultural output. Celebrating two mediums that have risen to international prominence for their vibrant and riotous innovations into these themes, this winter MAD is pleased to present the series “Unbridled Energy: Korean Animation and Dance.” 
From post-apocalyptic worlds run on energy bars, to the blending of video and movement, as well as ghosts dealing with the effects of the economic downturn, “Unbridled Energy: Korean Animation and Dance” reveals the diversity of contemporary Korean creation.

Looking at the schedule, today is an excellent day to go over to the Museum and watch a movie or two: My Beautiful Girl Mari is an absolute gem of a film and beautiful all around, and from what I've heard, Doggy Poo (despite its name) is surprisingly adorable and amusing.
Plus, as the MAD Museum site points out, Korean animation is criminally underrated and never gets the same amount of attention as animation from other countries with an American audience, despite a number of American cartoons having Korean animators on staff. Which is a crying shame - think of all the amazing manwha (like Full House, Goong, Let Dai, President Dad...) and Korean animation (My Beautiful Girl Mari, Doggy Poo, Run=Dim, Wonderful Days...) that is being ignored!
The double feature of My Beautiful Girl Mari and Doggy Poo is tonight at the MAD Museum in New York City, starting at seven o'clock in the evening. The price is 10 dollars general admission, 7 dollars for museum members and students. If you can go, go! Take an evening off to appreciate some Korean culture.
Many thanks to the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC for bringing this excellent event to my attention!