Pohang…to smell the ocean again

For someone who isn’t particularly prone to enjoying the ocean (the thought of deep dark waters frightens me) I was surprised how much nostalgia I felt when I went to visit Pohang with my art teacher a few weeks back. We were there to see the art of Nam June Paik, a Korean born American artist considered to be the first video artist. He paved the way for asian artist during his time. It’s very trippy (it was around the time of Andy Warhol) and many of the video’s feel like a trip  on acid. If David Bowie is on them, you know it’s some mind trip.

In 1974 Nam June Paik used the term “super highway” in application to telecommunications, which gave rise to the opinion that he may have been the author of the phrase “information superhighway.”  He has been quoted with saying, Skin has become inadequate in interfacing with reality. Technology has become the body’s new membrane of existence.” 

One of my favorite pieces I saw.
The More the Better, (1988) Three channel video installation with 1,003 monitors and steel structure; color, sound; approx. 60 ft. high.

After the gallery we made our way to the ocean, where I was able to take some pretty nice shots when I randomly found a chair abandoned on the beach.

The first taste of salt

Success

I'll look for you

Ocean Perfection

Hiding from you

Clashes Between Us

Pohang is a steel city, relying heavily on POSCO as a means to its economic success. Nature and industrialization collide beautifully here. You need to try Mul Hwe, a delicious blend of sashimi with cold noodles, topped with a chilled pear sauce that is do die for.

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4 thoughts on “Pohang…to smell the ocean again

  1. Hola!
    Me tope con tu blog al buscar informacion sobre Daegu, donde se llevara a cabo un seminario para maestros de Ingles en Corea.
    Nunca se me ocurrio archivar mis recuerdos de Corea u otro pais en el que haya trabajado de la manera que tu lo has hecho. Sera que no soy muy habil con las computadoras o simplemente no comprendi la importancia de guardar lo que algun dia seran bonitos recuerdos.

    Me da mucho gusto saber que hay otras personas (sobre todo en Corea) que disfrutan de la convivencia con sus alumnos de Ingles y amigos. Aun mas, instructores de Ingles que hablan Espanol y no temen en mostrar su descendencia con orgullo. Muchas felicidades por tu exitosa pagina y por tus logros. Aunque no te conozca, te deseo a ti y a tus colegas mucha suerte y exito. Gracias por compartir tus historias y experiencias con el mundo.

    Sigue adelante y espero algun dia darle la mano a mi gente latina que trabaja en Corea y se esmera a diario por un mejor futuro y por descubrir el mundo.

    Desde la isla Geoje en Gyeongnam,

    Gabriel

    • Hola Gabriel,
      Gracias tanto por tus palabras. Me encanta tener este website para mi fanmilia y amigos, pero me encanta ver de que otros puedan disfrutar de el. Espero que te encuentres bien y que continues de disfrutar de Corea!

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