Special Talk
Haeyun Park
Trans-Pacific Video: Intersections between Korean, Japanese, and American Art in the 1970s and 1980s

Date and Time:April 24 2018 (Tue.) 16:30-17:30
Venue:Lecture Room 5-213, Building 5, Department of Music, Ueno Campus, Tokyo University of the Arts

Speaker:Haeyun Park(The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Chair:Yoshitaka Mori (Tokyo University of the Arts)


In this talk, I will present the ongoing research of my dissertation project, which examines the development of video art within a trans-Pacific framework that foregrounds the intellectual exchange of ideas and collaborations between Korean, Japanese, and American artists. Rather than viewing Korean and Japanese video art as a mere extension or a belated phenomenon of its Western counterpart, my project shifts the center of observation to East Asia, paying close attention to locally specific socio-political conditions that shaped the discourse of artistic practice in the region. Focusing on the work of the Korean artist Park Hyunki (1942-2000), the Japanese artist Yamaguchi Katsuhiro (b. 1928), and the Asian-American artists Nam June Paik (1932-2006), I will demonstrate how the geopolitics of the Cold War played a central role in the production and circulation of video art in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, my talk will address how the artists foregrounded the agency of matter in their video practice in order to critique technological determinism and challenge the American model of modernization that was adopted by their respective countries in the postwar period.


Haeyun Park

Haeyun Park is a doctoral candidate in Art History at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her dissertation examines the trans-Pacific development of video art through a network of artistic exchange and collaboration among Korean, Japanese, and Asian-American artists in the 1970s and 1980s. She is the recipient of Asian Cultural Council Dissertation Grant, the Early Research Initiative Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, and her work has been published in the Journal of Chinese Contemporary Art and the Museum as Hub Paper. Since 2008, she has worked at the curatorial departments of New Museum of Contemporary Art, International Center of Photography, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She is a graduate of Yale University (B.A., 2005) and Columbia University (M.A., 2010).


Faculty Room, Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts