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ReviewPROJECT DAEJEON 2016 COSMOS
by Yu-Jin Ahn, CUB Reporter | 승인 2016.12.17 09:09|(256호)

  The cool breeze is blowing as fall is coming. What do you usually do in the fall season? You might answer that you read books, hang out with your friends or go see movies. How about going to the Daejeon Museum of Art to see a special exhibition? The special exhibition on the composition of Art and Science presents the artists’ amazing imagination about the mystery of space and science. The Museum is very accessible and the works in the museum are worth appreciating. There are some walks and an arboretum near the exhibition center. You could have a good time watching the exhibition and walking down the street alongside a line of yellow-colored trees.

The exhibition

  Project Daejeon 2016: Cosmos is an international art exhibition held in Daejeon biennially. Daejeon has been holding the exhibition since it is well known for being a hub for science and technology. Project Daejeon is one of the primary initiatives of Daejeon that has been formed to better establish an innovative infrastructure platform to converge science and art. The main theme of Project Daejeon 2016: Cosmos is 'the cosmos', which fits the idea of convergence between science and art. The cosmos is a place of human dreams and imagination. Although science and technology leave us a lot of information and records on the emergence, growth and demise of the cosmos we still have questions such as 'What is the universe?', 'Who am I?’ and ‘How can I recognize the universe?’ The sections of the exhibition are divided into five parts: ‘Cosmic History and Occasion’, ‘Space Signal’, ‘Planetary Exploration’, and ‘Cosmic Space and The Next Episode’. The artwork presenting the theme of the cosmos is amazing. It is hard to understand some of the art, even if you read the explanations, because there are a lot of hard scientific terms. The point of having so much art work is to promote science to the masses and get people to participate. Just feel the artwork. ‘Cosmic History and Occasion’ presents the artwork of Norimichi Hirakawa and Han Ho. The universe shows surprising scientific truths and discoveries about humanity. ‘Space Signal’ is a signal that reaches on the Earth from space. The strongest signal comes from the Sun and the rest of the signals are noises created from outer space. The signals might be from a space creature. Some researchers have been undergoing investigations to find a signal. A lot of artworks in this section was made with the inspiration of such signals. ‘Planetary Exploration’ shows artwork inspired by the book <The Man in the Moon> written by Francis Godwin. You can have a walk through space with Agnes Meyer Brandis who was inspired by Godwin's novel. The spacecrafts of NASA have already investigated some planets and they will be the key to solving the mystery of the solar system. ‘Space and Matter’ are expressed by Kim Yun-chul and Paul Friedlander. Man directly flew into space and began to observe asteroids and in 1957 Russia was the first to launch an artificial satellite. Moreover, astronauts and researchers observe the matter of space. The two artists who are inspired by a series of events are presenting the movement and interference between matters. ‘Cosmic Space and The Next Episode’ is about the twenty-first century when man dreamt of a tremendous dream. The artists Moon Kyung-won, Jeon Joon-ho, Vincent, and Lawrance Malstaf show us diverse perspectives about the origin of the universe and the future of the Earth.
 

Appreciation points of some artworks

Adam Norton’s < My trip to Mars > : The artwork shows the impacts that science and technology has given us. It looks like an old playhouse. Through this artwork like a playhouse, viewers are able to communicate with the art object which tries to answer some questions about the possibility of life on Mars and the chance of going to Mars. 
Han Ho’s <Eternal Light-21c Noah’s ark> : If you don’t use a flash, you can take photos in the gallery. This artwork is good to appreciate, but taking a photo of it is much better. It helps you enjoy the work. You can get a great snapshot. By taking photos of it, you can feel the mysterious mood of the artwork. If you wear a skirt, watch out for the floor because it is made of a mirror.
<Augmented reality experience> : This work is participatory, which means that the participation of the viewers is the complement of the work. So try the work by yourself. When you visit with your friends, you will think the work is like a game. You can have more fun while you interact with it. This especially appeals to kids. Through this experience, you can understand the space world better. This work is very friendly and easy for everyone because it consists of tablet PCs.

Pluses +
  The artwork which focuses on the composition of science is not boring or hard to understand. Most of the artwork is friendly to the masses; the viewers can participate and understand the artists’ intention. I recommend this not only to those who are interested in science and space (Those who wonder about what space is) but to your friends, families and lovers. You will have an amazing experience. And, there’s one more good thing. If you take photos here, you can get a pleasing result. The exhibition has a mysterious mood. That mood makes your photo dreamy. Many people have already visited this exhibition. You can see those photos on SNS like Instagram.

Minuses -
  There is one bad thing in the exhibit. Although this exhibit is for the public, it uses some scientific terms. It makes the work unfamiliar. But don’t worry! It doesn’t matter if you don’t know those terms. You can just watch and feel the exhibition. That’s enough. Except for this problem, everything is good.

 

P. S

How about taking a walk in Daejeon Hanbat arboretum . It is very refreshing, and when the

autumn leaves get tinted, the landscape is so beautiful. The trail in front of the art museum is also good. Why don’t you enjoy a picnic with your friends, family or lovers? I’m sure you will be happy in this place. Also, the Daejeon Arts Center is next to the Daejeon Museum of Art. You can enjoy a cultural life. The Daejeon Arts Center has many good performances including piano concerts, plays and musicals. You can enjoy these good performances in Daejeon. You can check the schedule on the web site www.djac.or.kr. Unfortunately, you have to transfer buses. But don’t worry, because transferring is not hard. And it’s not far from our school, so you can take a taxi with your friends. The fee is roughly 4000~5000 won.

 by Yu-Jin Ahn, CUB Reporter / by Da-Ye Choi, CUB Reporter

by Yu-Jin Ahn, CUB Reporter  yujinahn16@cnu.ac.kr

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