Watch and Relax 3.0: Streaming Tension
Korea National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA; director You Bummo) presents Watch & Relax 3.0: Suspense in streaming at MMCA Seoul from Wednesday, April 12 to Sunday, July 23 as the third season of Watch and Chill (watchandchill.kr), the world’s first subscription-based art streaming platform.
Created by MMCA and presented in collaboration with other prominent arts institutions, Watch and Chill offers subscribers worldwide the ability to stream works from the media collections of participating institutions and artists from each community. Launched in 2021, its first season was a collaboration between four Asian museums such as MCAD in Manila, MAIIAM in Chiang Mai and M+ in Hong Kong, while the second season was a collaboration with Sharjah Art Foundation and ArkDes in Stockholm in 2022.
This year in Watch and Chill 3.0: suspense live, MMCA cooperates with APPvideo and performance festival in Mexico City, The The Peabody Museum in Essex in Salem, Massachusetts and National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, with curators including Lee Jihoi, Samantha Ozer, Trevor Smith and the NGV Departments of Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture. Under the slogan of suspense as a method of telling stories and imagining Watch and Chill uploads the works of 23 artists from different regions, while presenting them in physical space as international traveling exhibitions.
Watch and rest Subscribers will be notified weekly of a new job. (with Korean and English subtitles). Offline exhibition at MMCA Seoul presents A city in suspension, designed by the architectural studio of friends FHHH (Han Seungjae, Han Yangkyu, Yoon Hanjin), providing visitors with a unique experience of tension caused by information delay. Other participating artists, designers and filmmakers from Asia, Oceania and the Americas include Club Ate (Justin Shoulder, Bhenji Ra), Fyerool Darma, Kwon Hayoun, Song Sanghee and Jacolby Satterwhite.
Content on both the online platform and the offline exhibition experiment with the psyche of the uncanny, the abnormal, shapeshifters, bodyshifters and modern day implications. They are organized under five subtopics: “Landscape by Moonlight”, “Gathering Evidence”, “Corps Shifting”, “Undead Performance”, and “Post-Dystopian Worldbuilding”.
After the offline exhibition at MMCA Seoul, Watch and Chill 3.0: Streaming senses it is scheduled to open in late April at the TONO Festival in Mexico City, in November at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, and next March at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. Watch and Chill art streaming platform will remain available until the end of the final concert program in April 2024.
A satellite project is also available on the internet platform The Stories I Tell 3.0. This design extends the range of Watch and Chill through literary works focusing on the experiences of users of the Internet platform from the perspective of the fields of literature, sociology and architecture. Other related shows include a play (June 9) called “The Scene”, which stages a double murder from Dostoyevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment (1866), Roundtable (June 10) titled “Decentralizing Curatorial: Digital Media and Simultaneous Spaces”, which brings together curators of Watch and Chill from the first to the third season, a conversation (July 14) entitled “Architectural Scenarios for Moving Pictures” with three architectural studios that have materialized the streaming platform in physical space over the years, as well as with architectural theorist Kim Junghye and film curator Kim Eunhee and discussion (15 July) titled “When Queers and Indigenous Entities Form the Future” with artist siren eun young jung, Lior Shamriz and Skawennati, as well as visual culture researchers Lee Min Jean and Mindy Seu. All events will be moderated by curator Jihoi Lee and will be recorded and streamed online after each event.
Artists: Meriem Bennani, Pia Borg, Club Ate (Justin Shoulder, Bhenji Ra), Fyerool Darma, friends from FHHH (Han Seungjae, Han Yangkyu, Yoon Hanjin), Cécile B. Evans, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Chitra Ganesh, Nic Hamilton, Kwon Hayoun , Jang Minseung, Jung Jaekyung, siren eun young jung, Paloma Contreras Lomas, Liang Luscombe, Garush Melkonyan, Alison Nguyen, Park Chan-kyong, Luiz Roque, Jacolby Satterwhte, Skawennati, Lior Shamriz, Song Sanghee, Karina Utomo and Cūrā8