Made in Korea is a cultural dialogue between ceramics and sound art that took place in the UK and South Korea throughout 2017. Involving 20 artists from Korea, 5 from the UK, and encompassing 4 exhibitions, 4 concerts, an international residency, and the launch of a unique audio guide, the project evolved over the course of a year in Brighton, London, Stoke-on-Trent and Seoul.
The phrase ‘Made in Korea’ is often synonymous with the mass production of ephemeral objects. Korean ceramic tradition stretches back several millennia, and the artists featured throughout this project reinterpret and rework this historic legacy. The displayed works combine contemporary references and highly individualised techniques, placing this impressive heritage within the world of globalised culture.
The project was in planning for two years, and is Kay Aplin’s most ambitious Ceramic House project to date. Following an Arts Council funded research trip to Korea in 2016, Aplin curated an exhibition of Korean ceramics at The Ceramic House in May, as part of Artists Open Houses at the Brighton Festival, which transferred to leading Mayfair gallery, Sladmore Contemporary in July, a validation of a seven-year journey curating shows at The Ceramic House, and an exciting new step for developing projects outside of the domestic arena.
This project further investigates the links between ceramic and sound art practice initiated in collaboration with sound artist Joseph Young for the Landscape : Islands project in 2016.
Exhibiting ceramic artists
The fifteen Korean ceramic artists selected represent some of the most exciting practitioners working in the ceramic medium today, who are based in South Korea, France, Germany, USA and UK. Click on a name to reach each artist’s page.
Kyung Won Baek Myung Nam An Jin Eui Kim Jong Jin Park Sun Kim Jae Jun Lee Sang Woo Kim Wook Jae Maeng Jung Eun Han Veronica Juyoun Byun Eui Jeong Yoo Chun Bok Lee Min Soo Lee Hye Mi Lee Bo Kyung Kim Kay Aplin
Made in Korea Residency
Two Korean ceramists, Kyung Won Baek and Jin Kim, undertook a residency at The Ceramic House throughout May and June. Their collaborative work, Shadow Workers, responded to the ceramic heritage of Stoke-on-Trent, with which they drew parallels with Korean manufacturing industry. Kay Aplin made a new piece inspired by traditional Korean architectural ceramics, Pavilion.
British Ceramics Biennial
The two installations were presented together at British Ceramics Biennial (BCB), evoking a cultural conversation between UK and Korean ceramic traditions, further linked by a four-channel sound installation by Joseph Young, composed of sounds recorded in artists’ studios in Korea and industrial production in Stoke on Trent.
Three UK-based and three Seoul-based sound artists engaged in a sonic dialogue curated by Joseph Young on a GPS-triggered audio guide featuring compositions that use the ceramic making processes as its source sounds, with the sounds discoverable at iconic locations in Stoke-on-Trent and Seoul. It launched at BCB in September, offering visitors a unique 3D audio experience of Stoke and its historic manufacturing legacy. Download the app echoes.xyz available on IOS and Android and search for Celadonaphonic. The sounds can be downloaded and listened to offline.
Mullae Art Factory, Seoul
In partnership with Seoul-based sound artist and curator Hankil Ryu, Celadonaphonic (Seoul) was launched in Seoul in November with a concert at Mullae Art Factory, as part of Resonance Festival, where three of the sound artists featured on the app performed their compositions live: Joseph Young, Hankil Ryu and Sehee Choi, accompanied by an new version of exhibition of Kay Aplin’s Korean-inspired ceramics, Pavilion (Deconstructed). The documentary film by Tela Films about the Made in Korea project was premiered at the opening concert.
Made in Korea Blog
Kay has been blogging about the project since her initial research trip to Korea in October 2016. Follow the blog here: https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/made-in-korea
Made in Korea Dates
The Ceramic House 6/7, 13/14, 20/21, 27/28 May, vernissage Thursday 4th May
London Craft Week showcases a preview at Sladmore Contemporary of selected artists, 3rd-7th May
Sladmore Contemporary 12th – 28th July
British Ceramics Biennial 22nd Sept – 5th November
Mullae Art Factory, Seoul 4th – 12th November
Film Link to come: Made in Korea, a cultural dialogue in ceramics and sound. A short documentary about the cross-cultural, multi-faceted project that took place in the UK and Korea throughout 2017. Tela Films
Made in Korea at The Ceramic House. An exhibition of contemporary Korean ceramics at The Ceramic House, May 2017. Tela Films