Balloon & Needle: The New Korean Avant-Garde (3 day residency)

Date: 20-22 January 2011
Day 1 – Film screenings £5, Workshop £10 + FREE entry to screenings (advance booking only)
Day 2 – Performances £8 advance, £10 on the door
Day 3 – Performances £8 advance, £10 on the door

Produced by: Hong Chulki with support from LIG Arts Foundation


Choi Joonyong (cracked CD players)
 Hong Chulki (turntables)
 Ryu Hankil (self-made electro-acoustic instruments)
 Jin Sangtae (cracked hard-drive) 
Lee Hangjun (16mm film projection)

Through live performance, screenings and workshops, this three day residency explores the unique sonic and visual world of a group of young South Korean artists and noise makers appearing in the UK for the first time. Within Seoul’s tiny experimental underground, this tight-knit collective has developed a sound, style and approach to creativity outside the influences of their Japanese and European kin, conjuring a distinct vocabulary that reflects the collective spirit of a new South Korean avant-garde. 

Formerly known as the collective ‘RELAY’ (2005-2008), the group’s use of “cracked everyday electronics” within a collaborative improvisational context, combined with their subversion of degraded and redundant found objects, produces a sound that is simultaneously chaotic, corrosive, confusing and compelling. Working with multiple 16mm film projections, filmmaker Lee Hangjun’s focus is on celluloid’s materiality: deteriorated and chemically treated archive footage.

Over the last few years, the collective has focused on artistic exchange and network-building through international collaborations, including Mattin, Günter Müller, Jason Kahn and Otomo Yoshihide. Their work is primarily published and distributed through the ‘Balloon & Needle’ and ‘Manual’ imprints.

“The representatives of an open-minded aural diplomacy that tends to leave exasperation aside in favour of an almost total sonic acceptability” Massimo Ricci


In this project

Produced by

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