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The 99% Theory

IMG_2567Why is it that the most defining experiences of our lives are often the most difficult to describe? Just when we need the “right words” the most, suddenly we have none. Try as we might, it seems impossible to string together the most accurate series of adjectives, nouns and verbs.

Does our desperation to paint the perfect picture override our cognitive abilities and cause our brains to force-quit? Should we have been paying closer attention in the moment in order to have a better memory of it later? Or, is it because there are some things in this world that can only be seen, heard, tasted, smelled, touched and felt by means of personal experience, and there is no substitute for the real thing?


Korea's Mythical Murals: An Interview with Michael Roy

Michael Roy, who also goes by the moniker “Birdcap” is an American street artist and illustrator that hails from the southern state of Mississippi (also home to yours truly.) Although he is no longer living in Korea, he quite literally left his mark on the streets of the East Asian nation while he was working here as an English teacher and an artist.

Roy, who sees the beauty in the “active ruins” of the city’s forgotten neighborhoods of the past, in a city of the future, has created a unique contrast with his whimsical murals and colorful graffiti, which often incorporates Korean imagery and language. He notes, “In an age of such eclectic materialism and with an ever-increasing variety of digital media and sources, I have found in the raw physicality of buildings, a sobering vestige of site and memory.”

Crawling Through Windows

IMG_1889Without a doubt, art is one of the most defining elements of any culture. It captures the spirit of people, places and time, and expresses mood, opinion, and thought, in such a way that transcends even the greatest of language barriers. Whether it be a song, play, dance or a visual composition like pottery, painting or drawing, every piece of art is a window into that culture’s world. When we attempt to learn about and experience other cultures, sometimes it’s enough to remain on the outside looking in; to go to a museum or a gallery, or attend a concert or production.


September 27 - October 2, 2014 in Daegu I’m really honored...




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September 27 - October 2, 2014 in Daegu


Writing Against the Establishment’s Grain–A Conversation with Bae Su-ah

By Blackberry Finn


지하 Underground Queer Performance at the Hi Seoul Festival

TKQ and his boyfriend had a beautiful date tonight. We went to the Hi Seoul Festival and saw some pretty fantastic performances and also noticed a queer performance that will take place Saturday and Sunday night.


Here's Hi Seoul Festival's blurb:

siren eun young jung: Yeosung Gukgeuk: Tradition (Un)Realized

This Friday there is another opportunity to see siren eun young jung, who had a lecture performance earlier this month titled Gender Bender Fencers as part of Arko Art Center's Tradition (Un)Realized. During Session 2 of the International Symposium on Friday siren eun young jung will talk about female gukkeuk once again starting at 3:40. The symposium is bilingual.



Lecture Performance: Gender Bender Fencers by siren eun young jung

Tomorrow, Friday, September 12th, siren eun young jung will be presenting a lecture performance titled Gender Bender Fencers which looks at female Gukgeuk performers (remember Girl Princes?) and how they were successful in their fighting scenes.

Top 10 Things to Do in Seoul

I've been writing Seoul Searching for just over five years now and although I've mentioned a lot of great places to visit, it recently came to my attention that I have yet to put together a list of the best things to do in the city. Of course, "best" is a highly subjective word, and while everyone has their own ideas of what a visitor should experience during his or her stay, I have my own personal favorites. So, without further ado, here are the top ten things you should do on your stay in Seoul:

10. Tap into your artsy side

Ben Heine: Penciling in Seoul

Multidisciplinary artist Ben Heine has been on the radar of art enthusiasts and contemporary artists alike for a few years now. He has proved himself to be one of the more unique artists of the decade with his unique ability to mix traditional mediums to create modern, visually striking images. In addition to photography and drawing, he's also a musician.

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