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Modris Svilans is an artist based in Riga, Latvia. He is in NYC as an apexart New York City Fellow from September 9 - October 9, 2014.
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Damali Abrams is a NYC-based artist traveled to Seoul, South Korea, as an apexart International Fellow from July 1 - 30, 2014.
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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.

I visited two museum.

one is about Natural History the other one is New York Historical Society.

both sides museum there were tremendous amount of exhibits. 

all kind of animals, all about goods of life and I work through history in a one day

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