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Yeo Daham is an artist based in Seoul, South Korea. He is in NYC as an Inbound Resident from July 1 - 31, 2014.
CURRENT INBOUND RESIDENT
 


Damali Abrams is a NYC-based artist who will travel to Seoul, South Korea, as an apexart Outbound Resident from July 1 - 30, 2014.
CURRENT OUTBOUND RESIDENT

While preparing for the water gun festival, putting all of my belongings into plastic bags to protect them from water damage, I was thinking about the special place in hell that must be reserved for whomever thought to add this to my itinerary. I may be too cynical or too New York, but I don’t want any strangers squirting me with anything anywhere ever. The description of the event also mentioned being sprayed with fire hoses. I don’t know one single Black person who would go somewhere to be voluntarily sprayed by fire hoses. Also, I don’t like guns and don’t want people pointing even a play gun at me. Plus, what does any grown-ass woman want with a water gun festival?
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These were the thoughts with which I began my Sunday morning, stringing expletives together in innovative ways that would impress even Richard Pryor. Still, I vowed to keep an open mind. It was the first sunny day all week and I had an excuse to dress like a hooch so at least there was that. Plus I was scheduled to go with Eunhee and she’d seemed psyched about it from the beginning. That and the fact that I had already made the reservations made me get out of the house. About $7 included admission and a small water gun.

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Thankfully we got a free upgrade to larger ones (they’d run out of the small ones by the time we got there) because it was REAL out here on these streets.image

As you can see from the photo above, there were folks who tricked out their guns with juice or water bottles so they could hold more water.

It actually wound up being really fun. There were performances and creative water guns and costumes. Even G.I. Joe & Santa were there….image

Once I got into it, I really enjoyed being able to spray random people with water.image

There were a few stations with inflatable pools for refills.

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It was hilarious because when dance groups came out to perform, everyone would start spraying them (including me). I give them their props for being able to continue dancing while getting soaked head to toe.

Even as I took the above photo, I was getting sprayed.

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Of course the kids were loving it, though many parents would retaliate if you sprayed their kids but hey, if you are old enough to give it, you can take it, right?

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I couldn’t believe they blocked off several city streets for this, and felt a little bad for folks just wanting to walk down the street.

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This dude was actually spraying people with a hose from his window.

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By the end of the day we were cold and soaked but it was well worth it. Whoever scheduled me to go to this, my apologies for damning you to hell. It was a blast! Pun intended.

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This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.

J.F.Kennedy said

Washington D.C 

Marching song #4.
One guy leave in box house Behind of white house 
He show me a victory ‘V’


Marching song #4.

One guy leave in box house Behind of white house 

He show me a victory ‘V’

Marching song #3.

Letter to Mr.President

Marching song #2.

61year is too long for korea

Peace and reconciliation

Sign the peace treaty

Marching Song #1.

No more money for Israel crime

Stop the killing stop the war

Free! free! Palestine

5, 6, 7, 8

He hey! ho ho!

The occupation got to go

No justice no  peace

From the river to the sea

Palestine will be free

Somebody made a superb Slam Dunk in Penn Station.
Going away on Washington D.C

Somebody made a superb Slam Dunk in Penn Station.

Going away on Washington D.C


The experiences are moving so quickly. The blogging can’t keep up. I get home full of the experiences and I am consuming social media more than contributing to it. I am filled to overflowing with good times and good people.

Plus this blog is about the apexart-itnerary events and this week alone on my non-itinerary time, I have gone to yoga, zumba, capoiera and all-night dancing in Hongdae. I spent my birthday here sorting out administrative drama and then went out for tacos & margaritas with the lovely Eunhee, who saved me from a pity party alone at home, then ended the week by celebrating at the aforementioned all-night dancing organized by the lovely Nasya. We ended up at a Michael Jackson-decorated club called Brown. Happy bday to meeee!

And to top it all off, I have a brand-new niece named Ava! Thanks to Skype I was able to visit her briefly at the hospital.

So here is a survey of some of the things that I have done & seen in the past couple of weeks, including a traditional Korean performance at Korea House, a show called Cooking with Nanta, The 6th Healing Music Festival  at Imjingak Pyeonghwanuri, which is a park in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), The Kokdu Museum, and The War Memorial of Korea.

How do I describe the show Nanta? To quote my father, “Blasted foolishness!” It was pure buffoonery.

The weekend before that show, I saw a traditional Korean performance at Korea House, which was beyond amazing. The photos I took can’t begin to do it justice because I wanted to enjoy it more than document it but it included, dance, live music and martial arts. The costumes were breathtaking, the skill and talent were impeccable and I saw many things that I had never before seen, including dancers each surrounded by three walls of drums (on each side and behind them), which they played, never missing a step of the choreography.

In another scene, male performers wore hats with ribbon coming from the top like in rhythmic gymnastics. They played drums and danced while moving their heads to twirl the ribbons!

It was a mission getting out to the Healing Music Festival. I couldn’t find clear directions anywhere online. I had to take the subway to another train called Korail and then a random bus that was shuttling people to the festival for $3,000won. It took hours to get there and back but it was well worth it, laying in the grass listening to live music. Thankfully I got home just as the subway was closing. Very creepy to be underground as they began to turn out the lights, though.

Vegetarian Temple Cuisine Cooking Class

July 15, 2014

I took a Vegetarian Temple Cuisine Cooking Class at O’ngo, not to far from where I’m staying in Insadong. I was the only one who signed up so it was just me and the chef, which was great!

Her station was across from mine and her stove burner was next to mine and I just copied everything that she did (the best I could).

It was cool cooking with chopsticks instead of a spoon:

My sister Abiola says I should share some recipes from the class:

This was everything I cooked…

and then me with the chef…

타자와의 일체감을 체험하려는 욕망은 비단 이상이나 신념에 기초한 연대감처럼 숭고한 행동양식으로뿐만 아니라, 파괴나 가학행위처럼 저열한 행동양식으로도 발현된다. 이 욕구는 또한 적응욕의 원동력이기도 하다. 국외자가 된다는 것에 대한 불안은 죽음에 대한 불안보다 더 큰 불안이기 때문이다. 어느 사회에서나 중요한 것은 그 사회가 어떤 종류의 일체감의 체험과 연대감을 조성하고 있고, 또한 그 사회경제적 구조의 여건하에서 어떻게 그것들을 뒷받침 할 수 있느냐이다.

-Erich Fromm

Rest and peace like a baby. 
I was look at him during the around 40min
Unbelieverbly he is not deadmen I don’t know why but I felt he looks like a saint

Rest and peace like a baby. 

I was look at him during the around 40min

Unbelieverbly he is not deadmen I don’t know why but I felt he looks like a saint

The  Brooklyn Museum

The art piece of Korean artist Gimhongsok in the park.

The art piece of Korean artist Gimhongsok in the park.