- Social Sciences & Media Studies (SSMS) 2135
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Between Knowledge and Ignorance:
A Korean Trajectory Through Architectural History and Curatorial Practice
Hyungmin Pai (University of Seoul)
How can a scholar and curator of modern architecture be productive in the absence of archives, when it is impossible to even cross the boundary into the region of study, when the historiographical and methodological tools of the theme do not apply to the object of study? The talk introduces a journey, both personal and theoretical, that weaves through critical writing and curatorial work on such wide-ranging topics as contemporary urbanism and the architecture of North and South Korea.
Hyungmin Pai is an historian, critic, and curator. He is author and editor of several books, including The Portfolio and the Diagram, Sensuous Plan: The Architecture of Seung H-Sang, The Key Concepts of Korean Architecture, Architecture of Amorepacific, and Imminent Commons. He was director of the inaugural Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, twice curator for the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (awarded the Golden Lion, 2014), chief curator for the Gwangju Design Biennale, and guest curator for numerous international exhibitions.
Cosponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultural Study, the Department of the History of Art & Architecture, and the UCSB East Asia Center.