'SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2014 is held at the Seoul Museum of Art and Korean Film Archive. Celebrating its 8th anniversary this year, the main theme of Mediacity Seoul 2014, different from its previous themes, is "Asia". The continent of Asia has shared experiences of intense colonization, the Cold War, rapid economic growth and social change in a short period of time, but rarely were there any exhibitions that took this theme as their main subject. Hence, through the keywords of "Ghosts, Spies, and Grandmothers", this exhibition will look back on contemporary Asia. Ghosts stand for the forgotten history and traditions of Asia, spies symbolize the memories of the Cold War, and the grandmothers are metaphors of "women and time". The exhibited works, however, can transcend such themes or make a detour around them to present themselves in the state of ample possibility vis-à-vis the viewers. The three keywords are thus three passages entering into the exhibition.' - from the event website

This is Book 2 of the two-volume catalogue published in conjunction with the SeMA Biennale 'Mediacity Seoul 2014' from 2 September to 23 November 2014. Although related to Book 1, this book is an independent publication consisting of articles, essays, and poems that greatly expand on the theme of the biennale. Photographs of the exhibition are also included.

Note: Participating artists from Asia are listed below.

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Mediacity Seoul 2014: The Collaboration among Ghosts, Spies, Grandmothers, and Artists - PARK Chankyong, 박찬경
How to Interpret China and Its Modernity: Rethinking The Rise of Modern Chinese Thought - WANG Hui
Ghosts, Female Ghosts, and Being Possessed - Ang LI
The Intimate Strangers - Heonik KWON
In Praise of Doubt - Bertolt BRECHT
Spy: Yet Another 'Gray Zone Personality' - Vladimir TIKHONOV
Disobedience in Byelorussia: Self-Interrogation on 'Research-Based Art' - Sean SNYDER
A Grandmother Hiding like a Spy and Praying like a Ghost - Sunok GONG
Darkness before the Dawn: Modern-day Antigones Who Do Not Stand Alone - CHO-HAN Haejoang, 조한혜정
No Beginning, No End - Masaki TAJIMA
In Eventful Times: Concerning Capitalism, Electric Power and Well-intentioned Nationalism - Yoshiyuki KOIZUMI
Pagyeong [End of Sutra Recitation] - Keumhwa KIM
A Commentary on Pagyeong - Sunhee HAN
Ghosts, Spies, and Grandmothers: Modernities Against Modernity
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Ghosts, Spies, and Grandmothers: Modernities Against Modernity

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