Find below a selection of Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) grant and scholarship recipients and their Korea-related activities.
Face to face: virtual classrooms crossing boundaries
Imagine if your teacher had just returned from Korea, with photographs and stories, inspired to engage with Korea and explore opportunities to learn Korean concurrently with the class. Even better, your school hosts a teacher from Korea for a week and continues this relationship online collaborating on projects with a partner school in Korea, exploring Korean culture and investigating Korean language. Connecting with Korea provides your school with the opportunity to build interest and address students’ fascination with K-Pop, Gangnam-style dance and Taekwondo.
Eight Australian schools are about to experience this intensive program, organised by the Asia Education Foundation’s BRIDGE program with funding from the Australia-Korea Foundation. This will take the total number of Australia-Korea BRIDGE school partnerships to 32.
Each of the participating schools has nominated one teacher to lead their involvement and participate in two professional learning programmes. These include:
- Korean teachers visit Australia from 6-16 August to undertake three-days of professional learning around intercultural understanding, use of ICT to support classroom connections and building strong school partnerships; and a seven-day school visit and home stay.
- Australia teachers will visit South Korea from 24 September to 4 October. A three-day professional learning programme will cover developing collaborative activities, consolidating the use of different technologies for classroom engagement and strengthening understanding of each other’s educational context (school management, curriculum, education system). This will be followed by a seven-day school visit and home stay.
Participating schools 2014
|Korean School||Location||Australian School||Location|
|Guhag Elementary School||Busan||Thirroul Public School||Thirroul, NSW|
|Hakjang Elementary School||Busan||Blayney Public School||Blayney, NSW|
|Dong Sung Elementary School||Busan||Ringwood North Primary School||Ringwood North, Vic|
|Naeri Elementary School||Busan||Lindfield East Public School||East Lindfield, NSW|
|Kumma Elementary School||Iksan||Laurimar Primary School||Doreen, Vic|
|Sunsim Middle School||Chilgok gun (Gyeongsang Province)||John Paul College||Daisy Hill, Qld|
|Dong Incheon High School||Incheon||Kirwan State High School||Townsville, Qld|
|Ansan Gangseo High School||Ansan||Melbourne Girls Grammar School||Melbourne, Vic|
Augmented reality to tell stories of Australia-Korea friendships
Chargé d´affaires Brendan Berne hosted a function on 2 July to launch the 'Korea-Australia Friendship Tree', an on-line project aimed at collating personal stories of friendship between Australians and Koreans. Mr Matt Jones, Executive Director of Social Alchemy, based in Sydney, received an Australia-Korea Foundation grant to apply Augmented Reality technology to this project.
It is hoped that 125 stories will be gathered to mark the 125 years of friendship since the first Australian came to Korea. More details can be found at http://www.socialalchemy.com.au/.
View a message from Sam Hammington, Goodwill Ambassador for Australia, in support of the 'Korea-Australia Friendship Tree'.
Anna Tregloan delves into Korean Ghost Stories
Anna Tregloan undertakes an Asialink residency at Korea's National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Goyang.
“Over several projects I have been investigating the idea of “multiplicity in truth” or the Rashomon Effect. Previously I have focused on ideas as fluid as perceptions of time and as concrete as solving a crime. For this project I am investigating the idea that while ghosts may or may not be factual, in the right circumstance the imagination can elicit a physiological response that does not distinguish fact from fiction.
“Using text - as disparate as Henry James Turn of the Screw and a manual on how to hold séance - along with recordings of graveyards, workshops and interviews, the work will use low end technology to reference early spirit photography and an era where as a society we were not a skeptical as perhaps we now are.
“Reflecting the fact that ghosts are a cultural universal (appearing in all cultures original, primitive and modern), this piece is part of a larger suite of research and presentation and will be filmed on site at Goyang Art Studios and combine found objects, projection in an installation format.”
The 2014 MMCA Residency Goyang International Exchange Program Exhibition opens at 4pm, Friday 11th July.
Episodes: Australian Photography Now
13th Dong Gang International Photo Festival
Dong Gang Museum of Photography, Korea
18 July – 21 September 2014
Episodes: Australian Photography Now is a landmark exhibition of contemporary Australian photography at Korea's premier photography museum, the Dong Gang Museum of Photography.
Episodes: Australian Photography Now brings together the work of 12 Australian photographers around the notion of psychological, soap opera and serial episodes. Importantly, a high proportion of the artists are Aboriginal thereby reflecting the potency and politics of contemporary indigenous photography.
Whether Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser's scenes of family members acting out or Christian Thompson veiling his face in colonial accoutrements, each artist works with the episodic in evocative ways.
Polly Borland shrouds her subjects including musician Nick Cave in lycra attire and Trent Parke waited on a street corner in Adelaide for three weeks to capture the unpredictability of the passerby.
Polixeni Papapetrou dresses her son in a shredded warfare costume posed in Australian landscapes; Tracey Moffatt depicts a quintessential Queensland home with a silhouetted character ominously looming in the foreground as part of an incomplete narrative.
Patrick Pound assiduously gathers found photographs recreated into clustered scenarios and William Yang returns us to the self, his Chinese and gay community to elicit a sense of place and belonging.
Martin Smith overlays poetic texts and Paul Knight splices the photographic plane with intimate images of couples embracing. Together, these artists flex the camera's hold on the episodic.
Media interns in Seoul
Follow their adventures and learn about Korea
RMIT’s Simon Love #simohitsseoul
Building materials are going from strength to strength – literally. Researchers from South Korea and Australia are working together to use fibre composites to create building materials that are stronger, lighter and more resilient to environmental conditions than existing materials.
During an international conference organised by Dr Allan Manalo of the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba earlier this year, the South Koreans – with support from the Australia Korea Foundation – presented research, development and applications of fibre composites in civil infrastructure in Korea to an audience of 70 specialists from institutions and industries from Australia, Korea and China.
Two of the researchers – Professor Song Woo Lee and Associate Professor Kee-Jeung Hong – were from Kookmin University, Dr Ki-Tae Part was from the Korea Institute of Construction Technology and Dr Sinzeon Park was from Kookmin Composite Infrastructure, Korea.
The conference highlighted an international effort to find better and stronger materials for civil infrastructure which includes things like bridges, roads and water and power systems that are essential to our lives.
The Australian and South Korean researchers have agreed to exchange knowledge and ideas about fibre composites that will hopefully lead to more research and practical applications.
A man of metal
For nearly twenty years, Kenny Son has straddled two cultures. The talented designer was born in South Korea but migrated to Sydney in 1996. He is fluent in English and Korean and is equally at home in either nation. He has an abiding love of art, craft and design which he carries with him in these quite different settings.
"Ever since I can remember, the subjects of art, craft and design have always been areas of interest, hope and fascination," he says. They are the stimulus for my thoughts and an alternative expression for my words."
With an Honours Degree specialising in Jewellery and Object Design and the best part of a Masters in Design behind him, Kenny is now preparing for an exhibition of his work. His metalcraft skills have been honed during a six month mentorship with master craftsman Cho-Sung-joon in Korea with support from the Australia-Korea Foundation.
"The purpose of the mentorship was to understand, practice and master traditional Korean metalworking skills and techniques. I wanted to return to Australia with an invaluable knowledge and training of traditional Korean metalcraft, sharing this through the means of an exhibition and a range of workshops."
The resulting exhibition by Master Cho and Kenny Son, Conveying Korean Metalcraft, will be held at Studio 21-17, Waterloo, from 14th – 28th June, with an opening reception to be held from 4pm till 6pm Saturday 14th June.
Workshops for practitioners with metalwork experience-knowledge will be held from mid-June to early July, at the JamFactory Adelaide, JMGA Perth and Sydney College of Arts, University of Sydney.
Kenny's blog provides a photographic record of his time in Seoul
Architectural Urbanism: Seoul/Melbourne
14-23 May 2014
RMIT Design Hub
Project rooms 1 and 2
When it comes to designing sustainable towns and cities, international collaboration makes sense. We all face common problems and it could just be that someone else has already thought of an answer to another's problem.
This is why architects and designers from the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul are meeting with architects from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University at a symposium in Melbourne in May 2014.
The architects will share their ideas on how to create urban areas in the Asia Pacific region that work with and not against the environment and are culturally acceptable to the people who will live there.
In addition to the symposium there will be an exhibition showing work from five architectural practices in Seoul connected to the Korean National University of Arts and five in Melbourne connected with RMIT University.
The symposium and exhibition make up the second stage of a cross-cultural, bilateral exhibition of award-winning architects from Seoul, and Melbourne, supported by the Australia Korean Foundation.
The aim is to start an ongoing institutional exchange between RMIT and KNUA and between the participating and invited architectural professionals.
The symposium and exhibition are curated by Professor Sand Helsel and Lecturer Anna Johnson from RMIT School of Architecture & Design.
The Buzz around the Hives: Korean festival programmers seeking Australian artists
Festival programmers would appear to have the dream job – they travel the world to spot new talent for their events. But what happens when there is so much talent in the one place, it’s hard to find exactly what they are after?
Three South Korean festival programmers and presenters, supported by the Australia Korea Foundation to attend the 2014 Adelaide Fringe, found their answer through the Honey Pot Program. The program puts Fringe performers (the “honey”) and festival programmers (the “bees”) in touch with each other, by tailoring schedules to match interests and creating connections that may lead to presentation and collaboration outcomes for Adelaide Fringe artists over the long term.
With Adelaide Fringe the largest arts event in the Southern Hemisphere, bringing more than 4,000 artists from around Australia and the world to the city, Honey Pot is a unique and essential service provided by the festival.
The three leading South Korean programmers – Mr Kyu Choi from AsiaNow Productions, Mr Je Seung Lee from HanPAC/SPAF and Mr Chul-Lee Kim from Suwon Hwaseong Arts Festival –were able to make connections with Australian artists. As a result, a number of Adelaide Fringe works have been invited to South Korean venues and festivals in 2014 and beyond.
With further support from the Australia Korea Foundation, Greg Clarke, Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO, visited the 2013 Gwacheon Festival then moved on to Seoul to attend the Hi Seoul Festival, Seoul Performing Arts Festival and the Goyang Lake Park Arts Festival. As a result, Greg was able to gain an invaluable understanding of the artistic landscape of the region and build new and deepen existing relationships.
Further information: https://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/about
지하 Underground is a performance supported by the Australian producing agency Motherboard Productions. Transported to the back alleys of Seoul,지하 Underground audiences find themselves in an underground Korean speakeasy or bar in the company of a ragtag crew of musicians and theatrical storytellers. Guests can drink the night away as 사장님 Sajungnim – the venue's eccentric proprietor – tells a tale of love transcending culture, language and gender.
지하 Underground was written by Jeremy Neideck and Nathan Stoneham. It is a collaboration between respected Korean artists Park Younghee, Tak Hoyoung and Lee Chunnam and performers from Brisbane and Sydney.
"Seoul is a very special place for me and for our team, and 지하 Underground is a collage of our experiences, travelling back and forth between Korea and Australia – falling in love and making mistakes along the way," says Neideck.
After sell-out, critically acclaimed seasons in 2011 (Metro Arts) and 2012 (Brisbane Festival), both supported by funding through the Australia Korea Foundation, 지하 Underground recently returned to the Brisbane Powerhouse for the World Theatre Festival and the Australian Performing Arts Market in February 2014. The work has been nominated for several Matilda awards and won the Green Room Groundling award for Best New Musical (2012).
"Creative partnerships with Asia are becoming increasingly relevant in Australia as we move towards a more inclusive and diverse society, and it's great to be at the forefront of that conversation," says Neideck.
Polyglot returns to Seoul
The word 'polyglot' means to know or speak many languages. It's no wonder then that the Melbourne-based theatre company Polyglot Theatre delights in staging its interactive productions for children in different parts of the world. Korea is no exception and with assistance from the Australia Korea Foundation, Polyglot will return to South Korea in 2014, ready to enthrall hundreds of children with two productions Paper Planet and Tangle.
In Polyglot productions, children are given ordinary things such as elastic, cardboard or paper and make them into something extraordinary on a gigantic scale. With Paper Planet, Polyglot will use a public space to build a forest of trees made from cardboard. It will then invite children and their families to bring the forest alive by making creatures and objects out of cardboard and paper.
Tangle invites children to use elastic or streamers to make a giant maze which they can design in any way they choose.
Paper Planet will be a highlight in the city of Daejeon during National Children's Day while Tangle will feature at one of Korea's most popular outdoor festivals – the Ansan Street Arts Festival in Ansan near Seoul.
"This Festival attracts up to 30,000 people per day who will have the opportunity to play in the Tangle giant elastic maze," says Polyglot's Executive Producer Tamara Harrison. "Tangle is one of Polyglot's most successful export touring works having performed in Singapore, New York and Seoul. Children and their adults construct a giant elastic maze with giant colored balls of elastic. Over two days the maze will become more and more dense as audiences participate in this communal activity, that creates both a fun interactive play space and a beautiful piece of public artwork.
"Hundreds of kids and their adults can experience these installations over a day. Paper Planet promotes a collective experience – both the Australian and Korean artists work in real time with the Korean audiences to make this Paper Planet into a dense, multilayered, enchanting 'world'. Tangle requires a similar collective effort to construct the play space and exist in it side by side."
Polyglot's tour in May will further build on cultural exchanges established during previous visits to the country and children will see Australian and Korean artists working side by side. "This will continue Polyglot's relationships with some Korean artists but also introduce us to new colleagues." says Tamara. "This further development with the artistic networks between Australia and Korea supports the possibilities of future collaborations between the two companies."
Asia's largest sporting event: the AFC Asian Cup
In January 2015, Australia will host Asia's largest sporting event, the AFC Asian Cup. With an expected 500 million people across Asia watching the tournament on television, the event provides a great opportunity to build relationships between Australia and Korea. The Local Organising Committee is hosting a range of activities over the next 12 months with the support of the Australia-Korea Foundation to raise awareness of Korea and Korean football in Australia and vice-versa.
On Wednesday February 26, a range of Korean-themed activities were held at the Asian Champions League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Korean club Ulsan Hyundai. Outside Parramatta Stadium fans were entertained by Korean music and dancers, while performances by X-Factor winner and Korea-born singer Dami Im as well as Korean-Australian K-pop star Teddy Kim gave the crowd inside the stadium a taste of Korean culture. A business function for business leaders operating between Australia and Korea also took place.
Further activities will take place in March, commencing with Korean cultural performances at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne during the Asian Champions League match between Melbourne Victory and Korean club Jeonbuk Hyundai on March 12.
Pixel Mountain—6 mins performance video
from Stalker Theatre and Marrugeku
Pixel Mountain is a new physical theatre work created in collaboration with Korean artists for presentation at the Gwacheon Festival and Hi Seoul in Korea in September-October 2013. It is a 30-minute outdoor aerial and interactive projection work performed on one of Gwacheon's iconic buildings and on the Seoul Museum of Art. Aerialists dance on the side of walls while real-time interactive projections respond to the dancers' every move.
The work brings together Stalker Theatre's trademark physical theatre style with cutting edge new technology to create a fully immersive and interactive performance. It uses interactive 3D image and audio technologies to dynamically revision public spaces in real time through synthesising live performance, immersive interactive image projection and audio scapes.
Pixel Mountain was commissioned by the Gwacheon Festival and the Hi Seoul Festival, and is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation and the Australia International Cultural Council, both part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
LANDSEASKY: Revisiting spatiality in video art
MAAP is proud to announce the first configuration of it's latest international touring exhibition 'LANDSEASKY: revisiting spatiality in video' presented in Seoul from the 21 February – 23 March 2014.
This group of challenging video installations includes works by fifteen international artists and scheduled to be presented in Korea, China and Australia. The first exhibition of LANDSEASKY occurs across an array of venues in Seoul, South Korea in partnership with Artsonje Center, Lee Hwaik Gallery, ONE AND J Gallery, Opsis Art, Gallery IHN, and Gallery Skape.
Australia-Korea Internship Program (AKIP) 2013
The Australia-Korea Internship Program (AKIP) is a competitive business internship program for eight high-achieving Australian senior undergraduate university students from across Australia. AKIP recruits students who are interested in pursuing Korea-related business careers while enhancing mutual understanding and knowledge of Australia-Korea relations. The seven week full-time internship program offers students an invaluable opportunity to develop their professional and cross-cultural skills through on the job experience within businesses and multi-national organizations in the Republic of Korea (ROK). The aim of AKIP is to complement Australian undergraduate studies with a Korea-related major, and provide students with important insights into international business practices and develop cross-cultural communication skills while promoting people-to-people exchange links between Australia and Korea.
In 2013, a total of 8 interns participated in the program from universities across Australia (Queensland University of Technology, University of New South Wales, Deakin University, University of Sydney, Monash University and University of Western Australia) and travelled to Korea over January and February 2013. Recent placements have been with POSCO, POSRI, Hyundai Heavy Industry, Hyundai Corporation and Daewoo International. Also, through homestay and weekly Korean language and culture workshops, the students were able to gain invaluable experience on both professional and personal levels.
AKIP is a biannual program with the next placements scheduled for January-February 2015.
Further details of AKIP 2015 and application procedures will be announced on the website around September 2014.
AKF/University of Sydney Media Interns in Korea 2012-13
The Australia-Korea Foundation and the University of Sydney sent four media interns to Korea during 2012-13. All four interns were students in journalism at the University of Sydney. After completing orientation at the Australian Embassy in Seoul, they then engaged in professional work as journalists for four weeks.
Two of the interns were assigned to the Korea Herald and worked on copy-editing whilst undertaking independent research for what would later become published work. They learnt valuable insights into research techniques, the importance of house style and, most importantly, what makes for an achievable story pitch. In the final two weeks, they were able to get several stories published.
The other two interns completed their internship at TBS Radio. During this time, they were given their own weekly segment where they would discuss their experiences as an Australian in Seoul. Each of these broadcasts involved original research, scripting and the actual producing of segment. During the time at TBS, they produced several segments that were largely focused on cultural topics.
World Vision Korea Children's Choir Australia Tour 2012
The tour comprised of 27 students from years 7, 8 & 9 and 6 staff members from Korea. The tour started in Melbourne, continued on to Canberra and was completed in Sydney. The tour was not only about allowing Australians to experience the world famous performances of the World Vision Korea Children's Choir, but also to interact with the local community and local choirs.
The principal aim was to strengthen the music culture exchange between Australia and Korea, and utilizing this common appreciation to enhance the friendship between the two countries. It provided an opportunity for the local Australian community, as well as the expatriate Korean community, to experience performances of the World Vision Korea Children's Choir, which gave insight to the folk and ethnic traditions of Korea.
Korea-Australia Green Growth International Workshop: Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Living 2012
An Australian delegation of 14 senior and mid-career researchers visited Korea to participate in the Green Growth workshop: "Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Living", related technical visits to Korean research institutes and a round table meeting organised by the Australian Embassy in Korea on Australia Korea S&T collaboration, with involvement from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF); The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). The participants were selected for their expertise in the workshop topic fields and their interest in strengthening the S&T relationship between Australia and Korea.
The activity allowed for Australian and Korean researchers working in parallel S&T areas to meet and discuss their personal research interest and that of their institution and also the broader science and policy situations in both countries. The activity was to act as a platform to develop strategic relationships, allow for Australian and Korean delegates to achieve a greater understanding by comparing approaches and technologies and to explore new collaborative opportunities between the two countries.
James Mitchenson: Korea University Graduate School of Law, Masters of Law Program (DALS)
James Mitchenson's travelled to Korea to attend Korea University Graduate School of Law to complete a Masters of Law with a specialty in International Arbitration.
On 21 February 2012 James graduated from Korea University with a Masters of Law. Whilst studying he also worked as an intern at Bae, Kim & Lee in the International Practice Group. James intends to return to Seoul to work in the near future and will continue to expand on his advanced knowledge of the Korean language while working in Australia.
"Due to my great experience I have decided to pursue a career in Seoul as a lawyer working in International Arbitration. I believe I achieved the objectives and aims of the program and will continue to work towards strengthening the ties between Australia and Korea" - James Mitchenson
Athalia Iwansjah: A Year in Korea, Australian National University and Yonsei University 2012-13
Athalia Iwansjah, a student from the Australian National University (ANU), spent a year (2012-2013) as an exchange student in Seoul at Yonsei University. Her aim in completing her ‘Year in Korea’ was to improve her Korean language skills and gain more awareness of the culture.
The year of study at Yonsei University is a part of the ‘Year in Asia’ program conducted by ANU, consisting of 6 months of intensive Korean Language course and 6 months of mainstream courses taught in Korean.
"By undertaking the Year in Korea, with the help of the AKF Scholarship, I was able to increase my awareness of both the Korean language and my knowledge of Korean society. With this in hand, I am now able to understand Korean culture better, and hope to use this knowledge to promote Australia's relationship with Korea. The AKF Scholarship helped me to complete my goals in Korea, without having the stress of a financial burden. My time as an exchange student has helped me gain in-country experience, of which I hope will assist in a future career in a Korea-related field." - Athalia Irwansjah