This catalogue accompanies the Seoul International Media Art Biennale, a media art event sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government which was first held with the beginning of the new millennium.

This cultural and artistic event is designed to present and explore the field of media art the convergence of the cutting edge technology and the contemporary arts, and furthermore to predict and suggest its new directions and potentials by examining the points of contact and intersection among the arts, technology and industry with fresh and new ideas.

The theme of this year's biennale, Turn and Widen is based upon the fact that media art has been greatly influential on changes and expansions of aesthetic experience by drawing and turning new forms of media into art. The exhibition will categorize the differences between the forms of traditional art and media art by organizing three different sections of related works.

First, the section of light will show artworks that demonstrate how images and effects of light can be expressed by electronic wave and undulation, and also artworks that present the change of art caused by the appearance of light using high technology beyond the level of natural light.

Secondly, the section of communication will display artworks that present various aesthetic experience including the sense of hearing, the sense of smell, and the sense of touch, not only limited to the sense of sight and also artworks that show the change in experience of reality through the introduction of Virtual Reality to the artwork.

Lastly, the section of time will deal with artworks including motion using high technology and also artworks with the theme of change of images, changeability of images and fluidity of images following the passage of time. Video art and animation developing a story according to the passage of time are also exhibited in this section.

Other participating artists: Antoine Schmitt (France), Carlos Coronas (Spain), Pablo Valbuena (Spain), C.E.B. Reas (USA), Daniel Pflumm(Germany),  Ann Veronica Janssens (Belgium), Peter Struycken (Netherlands), Olafur Eliasson (Denmark), Julien Maire (France), Electroboutique(Alexei Shulgin, Aristarkh Chernyshev) (Russia),  Herwig Weiser (Austria), Cleverson (Brazil),  Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau (Austria/France),  Anaisa Franco (Brazil),  The Light Surgeons (UK), Gerald van der Kaap (Netherlands),  Marc Lee (Switzerland), Markus Hansen (Germany),  Joyce Hinterding, David Haines (Australia /UK),  Cristina Mateus (Portugal), Michael Bell Smith (USA), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexico), Erika Harrsch (Mexico/France),  Marie Sester (France),  Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (USA),  Minnette Vári (South Africa),  AES+F group (Russia), William Kentridge (South Africa), Yacine Sebti (Morocco/Belgium), Thyra Hilden, Pio Diaz (Denmark/Argentina), Manon de Boer (Netherlands), Helga Griffiths (Germany), Herwig Turk (Austria), Tania Ruiz Gutiérrez (Chile/Colombia),
Thomas Köner (Germany), Damian Ontiveros Ramirez (Mexico), Carlos Amorales (Mexico), Marina Zurkow (USA), Miguel Angel Rios (Argentina), Teresa Serrano (Mexico), Monika Bravo (USA /Colombia)
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Turn of Medium Widens Aesthetic Experience - PARK Ilho, 박일호
Widen! On the Inside and the Outside of Media - Tohru MATSUMOTO, 松本透
Has Technology Changed the Arts - Maarten BERTHEUX
Aesthetics in Parallax: Media Art from the Americas - Raul ZAMUDIO
Fragmentary Affinities. Art Beyond the Media - Andreas BROECKMANN
Turn and Widen: The 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale
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