SAM / OTO - Balloon and Needle: The New Korean Avant-Garde

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Balloon and NeedleSAM / OTO - Balloon and Needle: The New Korean Avant-Garde
Thursday January 20th-22nd, 17h
Cafe OTO
18 - 22 Ashwin street, Dalston, London E8 3DL

A three day residency at Cafe Oto, 20th - 22nd January 2011

Through live performance, screenings and workshops, this three day residency explores the unique sonic and visual world of a group of young South Korean artists and noise makers appearing in the UK for the first time. Within the tiny experimental underground of Seoul, this tight - knit collective has developed a sound, style, and approach to creativity outside the influences of their Japanese and European kin, conjuring a distinct vocabulary that reflects the collective spirit of a new South Korean avant-garde.

Lee Hangjun (16mm film projection)
Choi Joonyong (cracked CD players)
Hong Chulki (turntables)
Ryu Hankil (self-made electro-acoustic instruments)
Jin Sangtae (cracked hard-drive)

Formerly known as the collective RELAY (2005 - 2008), the groups use of cracked everyday electronics within a collaborative improvisational context, combined with their subversion of degraded and redundant found objects, produces a sound that is simultaneously chaotic, corrosive, confusing and compelling.

Working with multiple 16mm film projections, filmmaker Lee Hangjun focuses on the materiality of celluloid: deteriorated and chemically treated archive footage.

Over the last few years, the collective has focused on artistic exchange and network-building through international collaborations, including Mattin, Günter Müller, Jason Kahn and Otomo Yoshihide. Their work is primarily published and distributed through the Balloon & Needle and Manual imprints.

20 January Workshop 17:.30h

On Thursday January 20th will join the Balloon and Needle collective at Cafe Oto to lead a workshop reflecting on how the artists have used the tools at their disposal, from invented and appropriated instrumentation (turntables and DIY electronics), the adaptation of newer technologies such as hard drives and CD players, expanded cinema and film projection, through to the use of experimental 16mm printing and processing techniques at Space Cell, an artist run project space in South Korea.

The workshop will also focus on the nature of this form of collaborative work and practice, through a brief history of expanded and performative cinema in both Europe and East Asia, as well as the dialogues existing between film makers and improvisers within the Balloon and Needle collective.

The representatives of an open-minded aural diplomacy that tends to leave exasperation aside in favour of an almost total sonic acceptability Massimo Ricci

Thursday 20th January - Film screenings 8pm, £5, workshop £10 with FREE entry to screenings (advance booking only)
Friday 21st January - Performances £8 advance, £10 on the door
Saturday 22nd January - Performances £8 advance, £10 on the door

For more information and to book please see: For information on Balloon and Needle / SAM / OTO please call Jonathan Webb on 0207 759 1800 or email [email protected]



Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 17:00


  • 22 Ashwin Street
    E8 3DL   London, London
    United Kingdom
    51° 32' 48.66" N, 0° 4' 28.2432" W