I can't believe that we're already on week 3 of second term at uni! Time does fly, huh? Since I've been back, I've given multiple presentations and handed in three coursework already. I guess that's a pretty good explanation as to why this blog has been so quiet. I'm just quickly typing this post up to show you our visit to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. This is one of our favourite galleries in Seoul so hope you enjoy!
We came across an installation piece by Leandro Erlich and fell in love with the Port of Reflections. When seen from the ground floor, this installation looks like a simple harbour. The doubles you see of the boats as well as the lamps provoke curiosity and it isn't until you go to the floor below that you see the physical doubles with the illusion of liquid movements.
The main reason we planned a trip to MMCA though was to see Lee Bul's Civets Solis II. Having seen pictures of this installation, we were mesmerised by how beautiful yet mysterious the whole room looked. If you can see from the picture below, the whole room is an installation piece and it's designed so that people can walk along the path between the mirrors. The main idea is that we experience a space that has no edges or borders as the walls and the floor are covered with mirrors. The pictures that I saw online before seeing Civets Solis II in real life made the installation room seem rather tranquil. It wasn't until I actually experienced the room and saw the broken mirrors and eerie lights that I realised the room actually emitted a sense of fear and darkness.