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Month of biennales begins, but not without controversy

Source | 2014/08/30 | | Permalink

Mexican photographer Alfredo De Stefano's "Red Mummy in the White Desert - Sahara" is part of the Daegu Photo Biennale

This September is being dubbed the month of biennales in Korea because four major art shows are starting.

But the quality of the events in Seoul, Gwangju, Busan and Daegu will be scrutinized by art critics and the public more than ever. There is increasing concern that local governments have launched too many biennales competitively without careful consideration of quality, while two of the shows - in Gwangju and Busan - became mired in controversy during their preparation processes...More

K-pop stars, organizers gearing up for Asian Games

Source | 2014/08/30 | | Permalink

The organizing committee for the 2014 Asian Games, which will be held in Incheon from Sept. 19, unveiled some highlights being prepared for the event's opening and closing ceremonies yesterday at the central Seoul branch of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Jongno District.

As the budget for the Asian Games in Incheon was "relatively restricted" compared to the London Olympics or the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, film directors Im Kwon-taek and Jang Jin, who were appointed to oversee the ceremonies, showed concern that the Incheon event may not be as spectacular...More

As humans and tech evolve, so do emoticons

Source | 2014/08/30 | | Permalink

In such a fast-paced society, expressing apologies like "I'm sorry, but no thanks" or "Please understand that I've been busy" in just a second is tempting.

And in the world of smartphone messengers this is possible with use of emoticons - pictorial representations of facial expressions or body language.

Globally, emoticons have come a long way since :-) was first used to represent a smile in the United States in the 1980s. The same goes for Korea. Today's emoticons, which now often come in animated form, are very different from the icons that have been around since before the age of smartphones...More

A little juice gives health a boost

Source | 2014/08/30 | | Permalink

The latest food trend is probably the sugar-free juice diet. The plan, which consists of drinking juice extracted from fruits or vegetables - including the skin and pulp - for a period of at least three days, is believed to cleanse and detoxify the body.

Juice diet advocates say the best attributes of these types of plans are that they give the body a break from carbohydrates, which are often dubbed the biggest enemies of weight loss.

Those in favor of the juice diet also say you can boost your health by taking in more vegetables and fruits in the form of juice...More

2nd single for Jung-in, Gary

Source | 2014/08/30 | | Permalink

Jung-in and Gary

Singers Jung-in and Gary will release their second digital single next month.

After "Your Scent", their first duet, hit No. 1 on many local music charts after its release in May, many fans are waiting to see if Jung-in and Gary's new song will be as popular...More

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