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Description of the city, Seoul: TEDxSeoul at Oliver Griem

Oliver Griem is German and he is part media artist, part professor of arts. He could have majored in fine arts had it not been for the abrupt tragedy that came in the way. He dabbled in sculpture and pottery. But alas, he discovered the beauty and science behind visual media. In a world overflowing with complicated and elaborate technology and ideologies, he get its right as he blends the visual with the aural.He recently contributed his flair at the exhibition, "Travelogue from Seoul." He regrets the current state of Korea's casual ease in trading away tradition, history and culture. He is saddened to see Seoul, "the city of design," only end up a gigantic apartment complex. His most recent work "Looping Seoul 2012? shows the Seoul through his lens.He brings out a new portrait of Seoul as seen through his eyes. He poses heavy questions as to where Seoul went in this suddenly foreign town. His installation plays repeated images of apartment buildings and windows in order to show increasingly impersonal city of anonymity. Indiscriminate development, real estate, and apartment lifestyle are what now comprises this amnesiac city that no longer remembers its past. His view is unique and praiseworthy not because it is that of a foreigner but rather it declares with confidence of findings through his works.So his pieces convey the idea of his dream of Seoul where the present moments are built upon the oldest memories with history being alive in every parts of the city.TEDxSeoul 4th Event '?' (the stage, the platform, the network) - 05/27/12About TEDxIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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