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"Garden of Unity 2020" to Hit Heart of Seoul
4-Day Event Marks 30 Years of German Reunification
By Park Soung-Jin
Staff Reporter & Editor
New German Ambassador to Seoul Michael Reiffenstuel
To celebrate the 30 Years of German Reunification, "Platoon Seoul" is hosting “Garden of Unity 2020” event in the heart of Seoul City, announced its public relations (PR) officer, Ms. Kang Ye-Won, in the news release on Oct. 12, 2020.

She said the "Garden of Unity 2020” event will be held for four days from Oct. 15 through Oct. 18, 2020, on a 1,400-square-meter rooftop in Gyeongnidan-gil in Seoul's Yongsangu area, near Itaewon.

A variety of cultural events including a mixture of multimedia art and installations, exhibitions, and documentary screenings will be introduced, according to the PR officer.

In particular, the new German Ambassador to South Korea Michael Reiffenstuel will attend the event on the opening night on Oct. 15, 2020. He will deliver welcoming speech.

The "Garden of Unity 2020”show will serve as an opportunity to dwell on the creative ways of uniting people and communities when global citizens are exploring new ways of social interaction and communication in the era of COVID-19 pandemic. The show is directed at looking back on the history of the East and West German Unity through the artistic expressions and creativities of the artists, Ms. Kang explained in the release.

She went on to say that the “Garden of Unity” event will be open to the general public and all programs are offered free of charge.

“Garden of Unity 2020”is aimed at inspiring the both South Koreans and the global audiences, making them ask themselves such questions as “How do we unite in the post-pandemic times?” “What does unity mean in the context of North- and South Korea in 2020?”and “How do we heal social divide in our contemporary societies?”

Ms. Kang added Platoon Seoul will announce the participating artists who share their own experiences of the East and West Germany and who express their unique talents through the state-of-the-art installations, exhibitions, and films.

Due to preventive measures amid COVID-19 pandemic, all the guests including media personnels are required to register prior to the event.

For participations or for details Email the organizer of the event at seoul@platoon.org

Schedule for the Opening Night:

Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Oct. 15, 2020
(Door opens at 6 p.m.)

Place: 3F 240 Noksapyeongdaero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

7 p.m. Welcome note by German Ambassador Michael Reiffenstuel and Platoon CEO Tom Bueschemann

7:15 p.m. Urbanscreen video installation show

8:00 Diverse programs and movie screenings
("Beauty and Decay,” “War of Art,” “Symphony of Now”)

11 p.m. Door closes


MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATIONS: URBANSCREEN:

URBANSCREEN: '30 Jahre Friedliche Revolution – Mauerfall’

In celebration of the 30 years of the German Reunification, URBANSCREEN created six different projection mappings using a combination of historical archive materials, historical photos, sound and animations for those six significant places in Berlin including Humboldt-Forum, Gethsemanekirche, Alexanderplatz, Europacenter, East Side Gallery and the former Stasi headquarters.

Every show ends with a sound collage of contemporary voices, and leaves the audience with questions such as “What does it mean to be brave?”“Why and how do people protest today?”and “What do we long for nowadays?”

Urbanscreen was founded as an artist collective in 2005. Driven by a deep passion for the potential technology that holds for cross-disciplinary artistic expression, the German artist group was a pioneer in exploring projection mapping as a tool to change the way we experience our environment.

Philipp Geist:

The Berlin-based artist Philipp Geist has worked worldwide with his projection mapping, video mapping, light art projects and photography and painting since 1996. He is one of the pioneers of video mapping artists. Geist’s projects are characterized by their complexity and the integration of the location, the sound and moving images. In his video mapping installations, he avoids using canvasses and turns diverse architectures into moving, painterly light sculptures, which challenge the audience's perception of two- and three dimensionality.

EXHIBITION:

“From the Peaceful Revolution to German Unification” from the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED (Socialist Unity Party of Germany) Dictatorship and of the Federal Government Commissioner for the New Federal States

With the historical photo images from the museums, archives and media, the author of the exhibition and historian, Dr. Ulrich Mäahlert captures the East Germany-side of the stories from the Peaceful Revolution to the German Reunification. The exhibition layout was provided by the Leipzig artist, Dr. Thomas Klemm.

Founded in 1998 by the German Bundestag (federal parliament), the foundation has supported more than 150 projects to advocate for a consistent and differentiated reappraisal of the history and consequences of the communist dictatorship in the GDR and of the division of Germany.

DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENINGS:

"Symphony of Now" by Pappel Studio:

A cinematic love letter, a hidden perspective of Berlin by night. Different artists united to express their love to the city and their time. It’s a vision of a remarkable filmmaker and renowned musicians from the electronic music scene of different eras. While watching the “Symphony of Now” in the virtual world using the digital event tools, DJ Alex.Do will perform the film’s soundtrack immersed in the film’s striking images of Berlin.

“Comrade Couture” (Ein Traum In Erdbeerfolie) by Marco Wilms with Heldenfilm

It is a journey into the wild underground world of the fashionistas and Bohemians of East Berlin. Director Marco Wilms, a former model of the East Germany’s fashion institute, combines film footage and photos from the 1980s and revisits four of the scene's most vivid personalities in an attempt to summon the thrill of freedom and economically unencumbered creativity that East Germany's fashion underground its potency.

“Beauty & Decay” by Annekatrin Hendel

Sven Marquardt might be the most famous bouncer worldwide. But beside standing in front of the legendary techno club Berghain in Berlin, he is also a well-known and skilled photographer. Long before the Berlin Wall came down, Marquardt portrayed the subcultural East-Berlin scene. His black and white photography illustrates it as voluptuous, laid-back, dirty and existential. Annekatrin Hendel, the film’s director, born in East Berlin, is also a writer and producer. She founded and is managing director of the It Works! production company.

"Metal Politics Taiwan” by Marco Wilms with Heldenfilm

Metal Politics Taiwan tells the story of a metamorphosis. The singer from the internationally famous heavy metal band Chthonic, Freddy Lim, just became a freshly elected member of Taiwan’s parliament, sitting on committees for National Defense and Foreign Affairs. The film accompanies this rock star politician for his first year in political office. Freddy Lim is on the front line, trying to create a new kind of democratic identity for Taiwan. But he still occasionally puts on his face paint and sings in a diabolical voice at the front of his black metal band. But strangely, the two worlds are coming together.

"War of Art" by Tommy Gulliksen

In 2017 when the world was on the verge of nuclear war, a group of Western contemporary artists were invited into the eye of the storm—North Korea. The aim was to collaborate with North Korean artists in an art exchange project displaying new and challenging art in a country where abstract art is forbidden. We observe as the notoriously clandestine and bleak country is invaded by this cast of colorful characters. They arrive in pursuit of a peaceful cultural exchange, but the project may well turn into a War of Art.

Contact Information:
For media inquiries, please contact us
02) 3447- 1191
email at yewon@platoon.org
facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/380042100033352/ instagram: @platoon.seoul
twitter: @platoon_seoul



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Park Soung-Jin serves as a staff reporter & editor of The Seoul Times. Park studied Chinese language at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. He was a graduate of 43rd class ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps). He finished his military service as the 1st lieutenant in the ROK Army.

 

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