Visiting Artists Program: Current Lectures
News from Nowhere: Chicago Laboratory
Monday, September 16, 6:00 p.m.
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho will present News from Nowhere: Chicago Laboratory, an ambitious collaborative project at the Sullivan Galleries of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago opening September 20, 2013. The exhibition couples their work with that of visionary architects, designers, scientists, philosophers, and other thinkers in a massive, interdisciplinary investigation that examines the world as it is today by imagining a postapocalyptic future. Moon and Jeon's News from Nowhere describes a world in which the human race is nearly wiped out by manmade and natural catastrophes and must relearn the most basic skills and values. As inspiration, the artists looked to the eponymous 1890 novel by the 19th-century British designer William Morris, who envisioned an agrarian worker society in which divisions among art, life, and work were erased. But here and now, when a dystopia seems possible, Moon and Jeon have sought perspectives from science, architecture, product design, engineering, philosophy, and religion, as well as the arts, for their newly expanded project. Last year, Moon and Jeon participated in Documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany and the Gwangju Biennale in Gwangju, South Korea, and received the 2012 Noon Award Grand Prize of Gwangju Biennale; 2012 Korea Artist Prize, co-organized by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea and the SBS Foundation; and 2013 Multitude Art Prize by Multitude Foundation.
Work from Moon and Jeon will be featured in the News From Nowhere exhibition at the Sullivan Galleries. They will also participate in a public forum titled "A Conversation on Beauty," featuring Toyo Ito, 2013 Pritzker Prize-winning architect; Yusaku Imamura, director of Tokyo Wonder Site; and SAIC alumnus and artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (MFA 1989).
Presented in collaboration with SAIC's Department of Exhibitions and Exhibitions Studies.
News from Nowhere Project Site
Documenta (13) project description
Korean Artist Prize announcement
Moon Kyungwon Institute of Contemporary Art Profile
Jeon Joonho "Bless You" SCAI The Bathhouse Exhibition, Art News
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
Audio Podcast [MP3]