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A seminar by Kelvin Kyung Kun Park:

Constructing the “Self” through Art—Held in conjunction with Stories That Matter 2019: Myths 


Duration:1.5h over 1 session

Seminar Fee:$15 / $10 for Singapore Film Society Members

Date:Sat 2 Mar, 2pm to 3.30pm


Course Description:

Objectifs presents Stories That Matter, an annual programme that looks at critical issues and trends in non-fiction visual storytelling. This year, the programme features the theme ‘Myths’. Myths are as old as human civilisation. They inform, obfuscate and empower our most deep seated beliefs. This edition of Stories That Matter unpacks the role that mythic tradition continues to play in our lives, through national, political and cultural narratives that shape our perception of the world.


Kelvin Kyung Kun Park is an award-winning filmmaker and visual artist from Seoul who works primarily in film and video, photography and installations. His work frequently takes inspiration from the cultural anxieties, myths and narratives that inform South Korea’s identity and has been presented at various international venues including film festivals and in museums and galleries.


In this seminar, with close reference to his own career Park will discuss the ideas behind his works, many of which deal with industrial and military endeavour, and how in Asia, where the individual is often overlooked in favour of collective identity, art making is an opportunity to construct the “self” he never had. He will also share his experiences straddling the film world and the art world.


This seminar is suitable for film and visual art enthusiasts, students and practitioners alike, and for those interested in further contemplating how the themes and concerns he explores in his works are relevant to our own society. There will also be time for Q&A and discussion.


Kelvin Park’s film Army will also screen on Fri 1 Mar. 7.30pm as part of Stories That Matter: Screenings. He will participate in a post-screening discussion with Loo Zihan. 


About Kelvin Kyung Kun Park

Kelvin Kyung Kun Park is an artist based in Seoul, Korea, working primarily in film and video, photography, and installations. He has screened his highly acclaimed first full-length film Cheonggyecheon Medley (2010), at various international venues, including the Berlin Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, Warsaw Planet Doc Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival and Hot Docs, among others. Park’s video installation works have been shown at the Ilmi


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