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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

Soap Opera Exhibition

My first year of college I scheduled classes around watching All My Children, and I just found out that my sister Abiola did the same thing. I grew up on soaps. At home. At the baby-sitter’s. When my homegirl Ery was away at camp, we would write to each other about what was happening on All My Children. And I don’t know if he would deny it now but that first HEOP summer at NYU, my friend Gerald and I would grab our lunches and rush back to the dorms to see what was happening with Erica Kane and them. My point is, I love the soaps.

So when I saw on my itinerary that I was going to experience a Korean soap opera at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), I was so psyched! Never mind that I never watched this particular soap or didn’t speak the language. I’ve watched many a Spanish novela over the years, not understanding 90% of the dialogue. It doesn’t matter. Soaps are universal. Plus I’d heard the artist Sowon Kwon give a talk about Korean soaps at VCFA (where she is on faculty) and since then, I have wanted to watch! My point is, my whole life has seriously been leading up to this moment.

Ok, so there is really no way to explain this exhibition. It is like nothing else I have ever seen before. There are sets from My Lover From the Star (the soap), and places where you can watch scenes, and places with props where you can have photos taken. There’s colored lighting, 3D viewing, virtual reality (you have to pay extra for that though) and it is just an all-around magical experience. After the Templestay, it is the best thing I’ve experienced here in Seoul and I’ve done so much so that is saying a lot. In fact, I am hoping to go again before I leave. Yes, it is that serious. You just have to see for yourself:

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Will have to share more pix another time….

Today totally twisted my body

Hang out with reality

Hang out with reality

Court was a little bit humble and calm place more then what i thought before.

In the movie trial in the court such like a fighting arena. but Assaults, Robs…  there are many attacks already.

Oh I didn’t know John Lennon play a role in movie.

Quite good actor.

many old people who still love beatles, they visit theater not just one time. 

I could feel they laugh a lot

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As Michael Jackson once famously told Paul Mcartney, “I’m a lover not a fighter.” So I was not excited about taekwondo. Mercifully it was a private class and we spent a lot of time talking about the history of martial arts and Korea. Ryan, the taekwondo master at International Kumgang Taekwondo Center is a great instructor and it was a really intense workout. I’m also happy to know how to kick someone to stop them from breathing.

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My first weekend here I did an overnight Templestay at Myoaksa Temple. In my first three days here I had gone to Deumcheon Art Center, Korea Tourism Organization, two aerobics classes, a cat cafe, Seoul Tower, The National Museum of Korea and Namsangol Hanok Village…I’m tired just writing that. And all of this after a 13.5 hour flight, two hour layover and another short two hour flight.

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So when I found out that my schedule had to be changed so that the Templestay would be that first weekend, I was relieved. Finally a moment to breathe.image

Search Your Mind

Anytime the sunim (Buddhist nun) who ran the Templestay would talk about the mind, she would point to her gut. She told us that there are five poison minds that we are greedy for (or something like that). They are food, sleep, money, power and love….we always want more of these things.

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We had to bow each time we passed a statue of Buddha but she kept reminding us that we are bowing to ourselves not to the Buddha. “You are the most important person,” she kept reminding us.

She said that as humans we always want to control each other but that is not possible and we must only work on controlling our own minds. She said that when we have emotions like anger, “Search your mind. Please.”At the end of the stay, she gave us each readings because she can see people’s auras. She said that I have a lot of fire. In the positive it is passion, in the negative it is anger. image

She kept emphasizing that there is no right way or wrong way to do things, just different ways of doing things. She said that her way is not the right way, just different from ours.

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On the first day we performed 108 prostrations and after getting up from each one, we would place a bead on a string. So we made prayer beads for ourselves. Each prostration begins standing with hands in prayer position, then kneel, place hands on floor, forehead down, left foot over right, elbows down, turn hands palms up and lift from elbow, lower hands palms down, raise up on elbows and place a bead on the string. 108 times. It was a beautiful meditation/prayer.image

No more balls

The WANG Family

Shooting an arrow is good for meditate.

maybe i had a misunderstanding.

This is small Island in New York called City Island.

I can see many tiny statues of angel and has a  fuenreal atmosphere

Informal street

"Queens Mother of Reallity" by Pawel Althamer

in Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

In New York there are many events for public in every parks. 

It means many artists show their talents all over for the people.

I visited ‘BROOKLYN NAVY YARD’ to see rooftop garden but this visiting tour cancelled because of weather is so hot