The Department of Culture & Technology chose to hold an online exhibition in light of the rapidly changing coronavirus situation. With the unprecedented pandemic crisis, graduation exhibitions are taking place in new and innovative ways. Unlike previous graduation exhibitions, the 5th Graduation Exhibition of the department of Culture & Technology is being held remotely. Although Changwon was only in the first stage of the COVID-19 social distancing regulations at the time of the exhibition preparation and installation, the exhibition was held online for the safety of students and audiences.
The 5th Graduation Exhibition’s theme for the Department of Culture & Technology was ‘RE: SHAPE’. The theme’s meaning is breaking away from existing, fixed ideas and thoughts to re-interpret them and find new meanings. 2018’s theme was ‘Regeneration’, and 2019’s theme was ‘Relationship’. 2020’s theme of ‘Re: Shape’ falls in line with previous ‘re’ themes. According to the Department of Culture & Technology, the exhibition projects were installed and displayed by two teams from November 16th to November 22nd. Each team was given three days to complete the project installation, filming, and project takedown. After they gave a presentation and made a video about their exhibition project, they uploaded the video to the Department of Culture & Technology’s YouTube channel. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGBxUzhlLiwnZAJ5kwlHsqA/featured)
Lim Ye-ji, from the Department of Culture & Technology’s Graduation Committee, said, “We had a lot of discussion regarding the concerns about how to hold a successful exhibition. At first, I hoped for an in-person exhibition, but coronavirus made online exhibitions necessary. I also felt bummed after we decided to change to a remote exhibition, but I also felt better knowing I wouldn’t have to worry about coronavirus creating any new unforeseen circumstances for the exhibition.” On the other hand, there are others who expressed difficulty preparing for the online exhibition. Kang Eun-sung, from the Department of Culture & Technology’s Graduation Committee, said, “We’ve been working on the Graduation Committee since May. There were communication difficulties preparing for a remote exhibition. Also, doing an online exhibition for the first time means we went through a lot of trial and error. We didn’t have any clear process for how to hold an online exhibition, so we organized everything from scratch.”
What do graduates of the Department of Culture & Technology think? Kim Min-gi, from the Department of Culture & Technology, said, “Most of the students, including me, are in interactive arts. There were a lot of exhibition performances that usually can only be truly experienced in-person, like a game or technology that reacts to a person’s movements. It is sad that the audience can only experience the exhibition through video. However, it seems to be better from a long-term perspective as the exhibition videos can be viewed indefinitely.” Oh Jin-sung, from the Department of Culture & Technology’s graduation committee, said, "One of the good things about the online exhibition is that it contains the student's explanation of their graduation project. They can explain their planning process and give technical explanations, so that everyone can easily understand the goal of the project." Oh Jin-sung also encouraged everyone to pay attention and participate in the Graduation Exhibition.
Although this is the first online graduation exhibition to be held, the Department of Cultural Technology successfully pulled it off. Students from the Department of Culture & Technology have officially wrapped up their four-year journey. Professor Lee Byung-hoon, from the Department of Culture & Technology, advised students, "I hope that the impact of your graduation work won’t end here and your work will serve as a foundation for society in the future." Professor Yoo Ji-yeon from the Department of Culture & Technology also said, "I would like to thank the students of the Department of Cultural Technology for spending so much time and effort on their exhibition projects in a difficult situation. I will cheer for a brighter future ahead of us all."
|▲ The 5th Graduation Exhibition of the Department of Culture & Technology|
By Choi Yu-ri, cub-reporter email@example.com
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