Talk Infosession: Summer School of Unlearning

Summer School of Unlearning © Taeyoon Choi

Tue, 31.08.2021

7:00 PM JST


beuys on/off

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The Summer School of Unlearning is an educational initiative of beuys on/off led by Taeyoon Choi, Jung-Yeon Ma and Jaemin Shin, along with Gulnara Kasmalieva, Muratbek Djumaliev and Aigerim Kapar, with 15 participating artists from Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and South Korea.
The Summer School of Unlearning is a question about how we learn and what we learn. Joseph Beuys conceptualized the Free International University as ‘the plan for society beyond capitalism and communism.’ In a similar manner, the Summer School of Unlearning connects participating artists from East and Central Asia in an environment where they explore the possibility of building friendship despite the distance and cultural differences.
In the info session, Taeyoon Choi, Jung-Yeon Ma will discuss the progress so far, and engage in a conversation moderated by Jaemin Shin. The info session will be presented in Korean, with Japanese translation.
The Summer School of Unlearning’s participating artists will have a public presentation on September 13th.

Speaker's Profiles

Taeyoon Choi, co-leading associate
Taeyoon Choi (born 1982, San Mateo, California) explores the poetics of science, technology, society, and human relations. He works with computer programming, drawing, and writing, oftentimes in collaboration with fellow artists, experts and community members.
His projects, participatory workshops, performances, and installations were presented at New Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Van Alen Institute, M+ Museum and more. He participated in Shanghai Biennale, Mediacity Seoul Biennale, Istanbul Design Biennale and Biennale Architettura 2021. He was an artist in residence at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry, Pioneer Works, NEW INC, Data and Society and Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile. He contributed to alternative education such as the Public School New York, Occupy University and Triple Canopy Publication Intensive. He taught at the New York University and Parsons School of Design. He cofounded the School for Poetic Computation in New York.

Jung-Yeon Ma, co-leading associate
Born in 1980, Seoul. She graduated from Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts with her doctoral dissertation on social implications of art and media technologies, which was later published as A Critical History of Media Art in Japan, (Artes Publishing, 2014). Her recent publications include Seiko Mikami: A Critical Reader (NTT Publishing, 2019: co-editor), “Power of Language” (2019), “Exhibition Spaces Emitting Light and Sound: Contemporary Art and Image Media” (2019) and Paik-Abe Correspondence (Nam June Paik Art Center, 2018: co-translator). She is currently working as associate professor at the Department of Film and Media Studies, Kansai University.

Jaemin Shin, program associate
Jaemin Shin, born in South Korea, started her career as an exhibition coordinator and curator in visual arts scene. As a curator, she curated V.U.C.A, the solo exhibition of a Korean artist E Hyunjoon, and participated in a part of Seoul Babel at SEMA (Seoul Museum of Art) as an invited curator for Archive BOMM in 2016. She worked as a producer in Planning Division of SIDance (Seoul International Dance Festival) from 2017 to 2019. As selected as one of the rising producers by Arts Council Korea, she organized International Forum “Dance Dramaturgs in Production” in February 2020. She is now working in Taeyoon Choi Studio as a project manager.