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Ieri, dopo il lavoro, sono andato a fare un giro in centro dalle parti di Oxford Street tanto per capirci. Dovunque saldi. 50%, fino a 70%, tutto a meta’ prezzo e cosi’ via. Non ho comprato niente. Prima di tornare a casa sono andato a bere un caffe’ da Starbucks che ho pagato £ 1.75. Prezzo normale, niente sconto. Forse era meglio comprare qualcosa da Gap, Zara o negozi simili.

Yesterday, after work, I went for a walk around Oxford Street. Sales everywhere. 50%, up to 70%, 1/2 price and so on. I didn’t buy a single item. Before going home I went to Starbucks for a double expresso. I paid it  £ 1.75, normal price. No discount. I should have gone to Gap, Zara or similar shops to buy cheap clothing instead of an expensive drink.

A short post

Un breve articolo per commentare come ho passato questi giorni festivi. Beh, non ho fatto assolutamente niente di interessante a parte perdere tempo con il computer e leggere 1q84 di Murakami (quasi finito). Volevo pulire il mio ‘flat’ e sistemare la mia stanza ma non ho deciso di rimandare i due lavori a questo pomeriggio. Da queste 4 righe potete capire che non mi va molto di scrivere su questo Blog quindi mi fermo qui. A presto nuovi articoli. Ora mi preparo per le grandi pulizie. Forse no.

I’ve spent the last few days doing nothing interesting, I wasn’t, and I’m not, in the mood. I had planned to tidy up my room and clean my flat but I could not bother to do something useful and needed. Not very inspired to write for this Blog either, so better to stop here and get mentally ready to clean and tidy up (afternoon tasks). Maybe not.

 

Muse London:The 4th UK Korean Artists Exhibition

16 December 2011 – 21 January 2012

The Korean Cultural Centre UK presents the 4th Annual Exhibition of contemporary art by UK Korean Artists.

 Focusing on video works, ‘Muse London’ brings together the exciting work of six artists, all living and working in London.

 Participating artists:

Eemyun KANG, Seokyeong KANG, EE, Wonwoo LEE, Sean ROH and Kiwoun SHIN

 From 16 December 2011 to 21 January 2012 the exhibition MUSE LONDON brings a showcase of Contemporary Media Art to the KCC.

 The exhibition dwells more specifically on the artists’ interior world as seen through the lens of a foreign world city. The artworks give highly personal reports of the ‘London experience’ told through interviews, documentary snippets, exotic fantasy, paranoia and studied reflections.

 The exhibition has been guest curated by Jeremy AKERMAN and managed Ji Hye HONG (KCC UK).

 I.The participating artists for the exhibition ‘MUSE LONDON: THE 4th UK KOREAN ARTISTS EXHIBITION’ are, in alphabetical order:

 1.EE is currently studying MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design. <Maniac> video clip presents a unique persona of this husband-and-wife duo. With the element of kitsch and pop culture of its shiny and amusing surface, EE delivers the explosion and clash in its own way of irony and humour.

  2.Eemyun KANG completed Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. She launched the interviews with artists to share diverse idea and approaches on the idea of Mystic Island in London. The video clip brings a poetic rhythm made by layers of interview. This intriguing corresponding is later developed to various forms of art. Her canvasses capture the imaged landscape that continues endlessly.   

 3.Seokyeong KANG is currently undertaking an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in London. By reshoot in the space of KCC, the mirror-like simulacrum leads the audience to come across with the ethereal traces of memory.  Her formal interest in emptiness, blank space and emotional movement is coupled with an intuitive understanding of leftovers such as leathers, threads and fabric.   

 4.Wonwoo LEE is currently studying an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London. His practice is concerned with spatial interventions, transforming objects and phenomenon which is related in physical and social realm. He focuses on making actual happenings that can change the given situations turned into imaginary and uncanny situations. <A drummer’s room> is stemmed from the personal experience of spatial change by occupation of sound.

 5.Sean ROH is studying an MFA in Media at Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. With his witty manipulation of ordinary objects that found in everyday life, he makes a stage of storytelling. Based on his series of photographs, the ordinary life and episodes in London is told in first point of view. Every scene speaks volume for itself.

 6.Kiwoun SHIN completed MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in 2010. The visual analysis of the existence expands the his experiments from grinding to evaporating.   <Missing time never exist> and <News becomes entertainment> is a record while a cup of wine was evaporated. While he tries to emphasise and make the scenes more dramatic and theatrical with music, Kiwoun explores the political layer and visual icons of media and eventually questions the visual reality.  

 II.Guest Curator: Jeremy AKERMAN

Jeremy is an artist and editor of artists’ writing. He is an independent curator with a deep enthusiasm for Korean art in particular. <MUSE LONDON> is Jeremy’s second Exhibition at the KCC with the emerging young Korean artists.  

 III.The Korean Cultural Centre UK      

Director: WON Yonggi    

The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) was opened by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in January 2008 under the aegis of the London Embassy of the Republic of Korea. The role of the KCCUK is to further enhance friendship, amity and understanding between Korea and the UK through cultural and educational activities.

 From the KCCUK's central London location near Trafalgar Square, its dedicated cultural team work to further develop cultural projects, introduce new opportunities to expand their Korean events programme in the UK, and encourage cultural exchange. Facilities at the centre include a gallery, small theatre, lecture room, a multimedia centre and library.

100 Most Amazing Places in Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) conducted an online survey during February to April 2011 to find out the “100 Most Amazing Places in Thailand”. Launched under the campaign theme “Your Amazing Places in Thailand that Always Amaze You”, a total of 3,389 travellers from 68 countries around the world who have visited Thailand participated. The results announced on 29 June 2011 are as follows (first 25).

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) conducted an online survey during February to April 2011 to find out the “100 Most Amazing Places in Thailand”. Launched under the campaign theme “Your Amazing Places in Thailand that Always Amaze You”, a total of 3,389 travellers from 68 countries around the world who have visited Thailand participated. The results announced on 29 June 2011 are as follows (first 25). If you’d like to see the complete list click here.

1 Krabi Mu Ko Phi Phi (Phi Phi Islands) 340 2.24
2 Surat Thani Ko Tao 337 2.22
3 Chon Buri Hat Pattaya 302 1.99
4 Chon Buri Alcazar Cabaret 247 1.63
5 Phuket Hat Patong 245 1.61
6 Rayong Ko Samet 236 1.55
7 Phang-nga Mu Ko Similan National Park 222 1.46
8 Bangkok Chatuchak Weekend Market 215 1.42
9 Krabi Ao Maya 210 1.38
10 Chon Buri Hat Chom Thian 204 1.34
11 Surat Thani Ko Nang Yuan 203 1.34
12 Surat Thani Ko Samui 201 1.32
13 Prachuap Khiri Khan Hat Hua Hin 197 1.30
14 Bangkok Khao San Road 192 1.26
15 Surat Thani Ko Pha-ngan 182 1.20
16 Krabi Sa Morakot 180 1.19
17 Chiang Rai Phu Chi Fa Forest Park 174 1.15
18 Bangkok The Grand Palace 166 1.09
19 Chiang Mai San Kamphaeng Hot Springs 165 1.09
20 Krabi Ao Nang 163 1.07