"Up and Down: Okmi Han, a Composed Music" Exhibition

Tenri Cultural Institute

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Tenri Cultural Institute presents Up and Down: Okmi Han, a Composed Music Exhibition with Double Bassist Jeffery Levine and Violinist Jina Choi.

Music escapes from the concert hall and is transferred to a gallery. The purpose of this exhibition was to expand on the static quality of an exhibition by adding the performative through a musical event. It encourages audience participation by adding to the senses through the aural, visual and physical thereby adding to its enjoyment.

In this performance, composer Han in her first New York exhibition attempts both the expression of visual image manifested through music and the approach to music through visual image. This experiment will take place in the time and space that contains compositions for string instruments as well as visual works based on the instruments’ unique musical symbols. The visual work is based on the two symbols giving direction to the bow of the string instruments. This visual work is a result of the composer’s points of view. The installation score of the composition shows the aesthetic aspect as a book art without losing the original function of the ‘score’. The stage is not for a one-time-event in a gallery, but for real performance, and will be presented through installation. Through the title of this music exhibition, Up and Down, Han embraces the visualization of the physical repeating movement of the bow, the daily and ordinary meaning given by language of string instruments, and the original meaning of string’s unique technique. The composer wishes to provide the time and space for the audience’s imagination to take flight.

Han studied composition at Seoul National University and later in France, and is positioning herself within the field of contemporary music. Han started the series of Contemporary Music Exhibitions in 2002 and also presented music compositions, audio-visual works and installations, demolishing the boundaries between music and the visual arts. The music exhibition and its consequence are concerned with the type of music that should be composed and how that music is performed. In observing the general character of Korean culture and music today, conventional performing arts that are one sided no longer hold an appeal to audiences who are looking for more than just the sensuous aspects of performance.



from August 22, 2012 to August 31, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-08-24 from 18:00 to 20:00
The Performance will begin promptly at 7pm.

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