The Milano Korean Film Festival, which will be inaugurated on November 23rd in Milan, will provide to all its visitors the opportunity of meeting big names of the Korean cinema scene, such as Park Jung-Bum, Director of The Journal of Musan and Height of the Wave, or Lee Sang-Young, an important critic and creator of the Jeonju International Film Festival, but also the possibility to discover new Korean talents and their short films.

Italcinema, the organizer of the event, chose the city of Milan precisely because of the important role it plays in the cultural and artistic network of Italy and Europe. An importance that Milano Genius continually tries to support through its projects. But in particular, Milano Genius aims to enhance the creativity and genius of local artists in international relations and cultural exchanges. And in fact the Milan Korean Film Festival will also be the first phase of a project that will coordinate profitable influences and suggestions between young Korean directors and young Italian directors.

MKFF Poster

There is indeed within the MKFF, the project “Korea comes to Milano” and it is one of the most awaited moment of the entire festival. On November 23rd, young Korean directors, selected among the participants of the “Italcinema Short Korean Films Go To Europe” competition, will have the opportunity to show their first works to an international audience and build a first exchange contact with an audience of different tastes and needs .

This is a theme that Asian Studies Group, Co-organizer of the MKFF, hold dear. In fact ASG has created a similar format named “Swich on your Creativity” (SOYC) with the aim to support and enhance Italian youth creativity, also through the creation of opportunities for international comparison. Therefore, as we will have the occasion to discover the creative short films of young Korean directors, the same will happen in Korea, one year from now, during the Italian Film & Art Festival in Seoul. On this last occasion, however, they will be young Italian directors who will have the opportunity to dialogue with a Korean public by showing their first short films.

The idea that aims these two projects, Korea Comes to Milano and Switch on Your Creativity, is to provide the chance to extend the experience and the reputation of these directors not exclusively in their motherland, but also abroad. Moreover, one of the most interesting thing is that in this way it will be possible to listen to different generations thorough an artistic point of view. Obviously, it will be the perfect occasion not to be missed for attending an inimitable form of cultural exchange, without any language barrier.

It is precisely the continual creation of opportunities and international ties that will lead Milan to stand out as one of the most important poles in Italian and European culture and art.

But the artistic exchanges on the occasion of the MKFF will be further reinforced by the presence of the Director Park JungBum who will present two of his masterpieces including Journal of Musan which made him famous and winner of several awards and Height of the Wave, his latest work and already winner of the Locarno Film Festival. At the conclusion of the screenings, moreover, Park JungBum will participate in a Talk together with the critic Lee Sang-Yong.

Director Park Jungbum

This represents an important opportunity to dialogue directly with the director on some of the themes, of which his films are witnesses, most discussed in Italy and Europe. Journal of Musan and Height of the Wave touch the difficulty of cultural intercommunication in a vivid and often crude way. It will therefore be interesting to be able to grasp nuances and suggestions coming from a culture and an environment different from the European one but that so closely resemble situations constantly documented in our mass media. The debate on the theme of the encounter/clash between different cultures can therefore only be enriched by suggestions coming from outside our cultural core.

Milan introduces itself, through the MKFF, an important pole of orientation of dynamics and international relations having as objective not only the creation of commercial connectivity but also, and above all to create new debating and discussion tables through the presentation of different opinions and points of view.


Design And Planet at Asian Studies Group: Japanese approach to environmental sustainability

April is the month of Design for Milano Genius 2019. The last of the themes of the Open Call, Design Made in Osaka, a project produced by Italian Institute of Culture in Osaka and coordinated by Asian Studies Group, is presented at Milano Design Week 2019 under the name of Design and Planet with a focus on the delicate but important theme of eco-sustainability.

As for the European presented in Osaka on November 3rd 2018 at the Italian Institute of Culture in Osaka, this time Milano Genius 2019 allows young Japanese designers to introduce their own work on the theme of environment and sustainability, so as to favor a renewed cultural exchange between Osaka and Milan, twin cities.

Despite the small number of projects selected for this theme, they are closely linked by two different ways of approaching the topic, with a style that reflects the difference in age and path of the artists.

The selected works will be exhibited at the colorful theatrical space of Corte dei Miracoli (Via Mortara 4, Milan) and at the Milan headquarters of Asian Studies Group (Via Eustachi 9, Milan) from 9th to 14th April partecipating to Milano Design Week 2019.

Mayumi Kuwayama with “Molecules”

Mayumi Kuwayama is a contemporary artist born in Osaka. Despite her young age she does installation art and object creation in various spaces such as hotels, shops and department stores. In collaboration with Re: fa, a Japanese company that creates innovative chairs and sofas but that also replaces them by old design pieces and fabrics, has given life to “Molecules” a chair created by the union of small fragments of recycled fabric coming from industrial and home processing.

All the pieces, joined together, like many small molecules, allow the structure of the seat to vary continuously and in an agile way, depending on how it is assembled, to satisfy the desire of personalization of each of us.

The flexibility of the work and the recycled material, assembled in a rather simple but carefully studied manner, have allowed the reuse of otherwise useless material giving them new life and new possibilities of expression.

Mayumi Kuwayama and Re: Fa have therefore given a particularly modern look to the issue of eco-sustainability. An eco-sustainability that meets the needs of contemporary man who requires customization and the possibility of changing the environment, even the seat, according to his taste.

Wataru Kurogi With “Endangered Insect”

Under a completely different perspective, the work of Wataru Kurogi, a 22-year-old student attending to design course at the Art University in Osaka, called Endangered Insect attempted to show the extraordinary beauty of some endangered species generally not advertised and welcomed by the general public.

In fact, when we think about endangered animals, we underestimate the importance and beauty of small-size animals. This is especially true for insects that most people feel disgusted with.

This project allows the audience to appreciate such species that are frequently forgotten by the public and the attention of the media rather for the large mammals featured in numerous films and documentaries.

A design that wants to attract attention and presents a theme under a different vision from the common perspective. Despite the very young age, the designer’s eyes have shown a strong ability to know and see the environment in its most intrinsic beauty, an ability usually belonging to individuals of a more advanced age. A design that therefore wants to amaze and, above all, to teach.

Two artists from two different generations who dialogue with each other and who want to emphasize the importance of eco-sustainability both in inanimate things and in animate beings.