Technology as Resistance: Pioneers of Korean Media Art from the 1960s to the 1990s

Gyung Jin Shin*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper calls for a reassessment of early-stage Korean avant-garde and experimental art as the cornerstone of Korean media art. The aim is to discern a new genealogy of media art in Korea by tracing and linking the activities of early avant-garde artists and media art pioneers who have been neglected in the dominant art historiography, which has shown a preference for painting and video art. My detailed analysis of the experimental artists of the 1960s and 1970s, small groups in the mid-1980s, and the Art Tech Group in the early 1990s demonstrates how they revealed and articulated their spirit of resistance against academism and the mainstream using technology, thus following a different trajectory from that of the avant-garde and media art in Europe and North America.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-468
Number of pages7
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2024

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • History


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