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Nonprofit gets interactive with live exhibit

June 13,2018
Dance duo Barinamo, made up of Na-mo, center, and Kim Ba-ri, behind wearing orange, perform for the “he ran to” exhibition being held at Donuimun Village, central Seoul. The dance is the last of four sections of the exhibit. [THE GREAT COMMISSION]
The Great Commission, a non-profit art organization made up of 10 members who each have different talents, is now staging “he ran to,” an art exhibition that features music and dance that exist only in a specific moment and time. Until June 30, the G4 Gallery and the outdoor plaza at Donuimun Village in central Seoul will be the stages for the group to perform what they call their “live exhibition,” which is comprised of performances revolving around the theme of human emotions.

The exhibition is made up of four sections: “Crying in the Wilderness,” “Encountering Love,” “Your Restoration” and “Celebration for Tomorrow.” It begins on the first floor of the G4 Gallery, where powerful rock music welcomes, or rather, startles visitors with loud and confusing music to symbolize the emotional agony people go through in their daily lives. Visitors can feel tensions easing when they make their way to “Encountering Love” on the second floor, which features live music from indie singer-songwriter Daonna and piano by music therapist Paul Kyung.

Kyung takes the lead in the third section, where he starts off with a small conversation with the audience, asking them what it means to be healed and restored, then continuing with a song to restore tired souls. Barinamo, a performance duo of Kim Ba-ri and Na-mo, finishes off the exhibit with their dance to celebrate life itself - not as something grand and extraordinary, but the beauty of which can be found in the small things we encounter in our daily lives. The dance starts off on the third floor, heads down to the first and continues outside to the outdoor plaza of the village.

“‘The Great Commission’ looks at the meaning of contemporary art, and what it means for art to represent the modern world, what we can show through art,” said Zoe Chun, the curator of the organization. “The title, ‘he ran to’ is a narrative from the Bible. We focus on narrative as the power of art, and express that through the different mediums that can be sensed by people, such as music, movement, and dance. We would like to show things that had not previously been shown in other art institutions as a newly founded organization.”

BY YOON SO-YEON [yoon.soyeon@joongang.co.kr]

Donuimun Village is a 5-minute walk from Seodaemun Station, line No. 5, exit 4. A performance is held everyday from Tuesday to Saturday, at 6 p.m. on the weekdays and twice at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free. Recorded music and videos will be played when there are no performance schedules in the gallery.