January 14, 2018 - Arko Art Center - The Revolution will not be Televised
January 14, 2018

Arko Art Center

Image courtesy of SFX Seoul

The Revolution will not be Televised
Sound Effects Seoul 2017-18
December 8, 2017–January 31, 2018

Arko Art Center
1-130 Dongsung-dong
110-809 Seoul
South Korea
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–7pm

T +82 10 9638 0430


Venue: Gallery 1, ArKO Art Center, Arts Council Korea
Participants: Halil Altindere, Heba Y. Amin, Bang Jun Suk+Fahrettin Orenli, Wesley Goatley, Youngmean Kang, Kichul Kim, Youngsup Kim, Byungjun Kwon, Chunghyung Lee, Mari Matsutoya, Christof Migone + Marla Hlady, Yangachi, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES + Takuji Kogo
Directors: Baruch Gottlieb, Ji Yoon Yang

Today might be called as "revolution impossible." Since 1989, a wave of neoliberalism has engulfed us with the declaration that real socialism failed and that capitalism was the manifest destiny of humankind. This confidence was summarily demolished in the 2008 financial crash. No new social system and values have since been proposed. The populace shows irritability and antipathy toward the existing politics of "there is no alternative" and the phenomenon of extreme right populism is returning again.

Today, however, might be also called as "revolution everywhere.” In the confusion of values and prospects, the change of regime is called "revolution" regardless of whether it represents a fundamental systemic change or simply a change of the guard. The term, revolution is commonly used as a means of seducing consumers for marketing or to foment nationalism. It is an era where we need to ask "what is the revolution?" before we ask whether revolution is possible.

Started in 2007, Sound Effects Seoul, the International Sound Art Festival has been exploring artistic reflections on contemporary life through listening. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Sound Effects Seoul 2017-18 aims to open up the concept revolution through the explorations of its sounds. Revolutionary events have created a special excited auditory profile, full of shouting and chanting, songs and speeches, in the streets and in the distance.

In Korea, political discourse around the notion of revolution is centered on the men who are called the "86" generation that currently has vested rights. This exhibition focuses on the artists of later generations in Korea. It is a generation which confronts the patriarchy and violence of the democracy movement and diverges from what has become a hackneyed touchstone of protest culture in Korea.

The title of the exhibition The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is the song title of 1970's American poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron. This song is a pioneering work of political rap that criticizes the contradictions and hypocrisy in American society hidden by the mass media and commercial culture. The same problem is evident today in Korea and around the world. On the internet, the struggle to generate and define political narratives is a new domain of statecraft and even warfare. SFX Seoul presents artistic responses to the Egyptian Revolution, 2011, the Gezi Revolution in Turkey, 2013 and the Candlelight Revolution in Seoul, 2017 in order to start thinking about radically revaluating our values.

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Acknowledging its difficulties and its troubled legacy, the Russian Revolution was for a futuristic, scientific, technological revolution, a deeply modern and humanist vision for a better future for all humanity. A number of revolutions in the past 100 years have dreamed of a better life, more just society and better prospects in every part of the world, burning with the emancipatory fire of the Russian Revolution. Each of these revolutions have sent soundwaves through the world which still fundamentally influence our aspirations today. If we listen closely, we can still hear the echoes of those times of intense political engagement and hope mingling with the approaching roar of the next revolutions.

Revolution begins with human voice. SFX 10th anniversary festival will feature a rich spoken word program with artist talks, political discussions and spoken word and poetry, and speculative performances. Come experience The Revolution will not be Televised where the atmosphere is buzzing with the anxiousness and excitement of imminent revolution.

Presented by Art Council Korea
Organized by Sound Art Korea
Cooperated by Alternative Space Loop
Supported by Phiaton

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