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The exhibition by Ahn Gwang-jun crosses the line from virtual reality to dreams and comes back again. Ahn, a media artist, is showing 10 pieces of his mixed-media works in a solo exhibition, “Mixed Reality,” at the Savina Museum of Contemporary Art in central Seoul.
One of the more startling pieces is “Cyber Erotica Park 2006,” in which visitors can move around in a sexually charged, three-dimensional virtual park with images of naked women jogging around. Playing with sexuality constitutes a key role in this exhibition, as seen in “Breathing Transition Monitor ― Mona Lisa 2006,” a replication of Mona Lisa in which the face is replaced by a vagina.
Upon graduation from Hanyang University with a BA in Nuclear Engineering, Ahn was an ordinary businessman with a regular family. However, he began to experience terrible headaches in which random images popped up. He went to the hospital and was treated, but later took art lessons to help him clear his head of the images in his dreams.
Although many people feel contemporary art is too difficult and abstract to understand, Mr. Ahn’s digital world carries a tongue-in-cheek quality that temptingly invites visitors to participate. In “Ah, Republic of Korea! 4 Monsters Game,” visitors can strap on 3-D glasses and take part in this three-dimensional computer game. The artist mentioned that the four monsters in this exhibit symbolize the four powers that influence South Korea; the United States, Japan and the two Koreas.
Other works on display include “Space MR Object 2006” which portrays graphic motifs in the form of a kaleidoscope. The images are made by projectors that are positioned to show figures that are constantly changing.


by Cho Jae-eun

“Mixed Reality” runs through April 9. Admission is 500 won (50 cents) to 1,000 won. Docent programs are available at 2 p.m. on weekdays, and 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on weekends. The Savina Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except Mondays. To get there, get off at Anguk station line No. 3, exit 1. For more information, call (02) 736-4371 or visit www.savinamuseum.com.

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