Friday 5 & Saturday 6
October 2018

A partnership between Talking Galleries and Galleries Association of Korea

In its third consecutive year, Talking Galleries presented a new talks programme as part of KIAF 2018 ART SEOUL (17th Korea International Art Fair) that took place from Thursday 4 thru Sunday 7 of October 2018.
K-ART Conversation / Talking Galleries Seoul 2018 is an international conference hosted by the Arts Management Support Center and Galleries Association of Korea. Leading foreign and Korean experts spoke about various subjects related to visual arts. The event consisted of five sessions: Collecting, Media, Art Market Reports, Architecture and Design.
The talks were in English with simultaneous translation into Korean.

The event was free to the visitors of the art fair, prior registration requested


Friday 5  

11~12:30 am | Session I: “Art & Architecture. Thinking Spaces for Art”
Jing Liu, Founding Partner and Principal, SO–IL architects, New York
Tateo Nakajima, Principal of Arts, Culture & Entertainment ARUP
Museums are not just buildings that contain artworks. Many of them get into a rivalry with the artworks they host and reach the status of an iconic landmark in their city, generating special international focus, e.g. Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum. The architecture studios pour all their wisdom into the creation of an ideal spatiality for art, designing the perfect fusion between the outside and the inside. What are the main factors and criteria to be taken into consideration for creating such spaces? How do they conceptually conceive the building?


Jing Liu

Founding Partner and Principal, SO – IL architects, New York

Tateo Nakajima

Principal of Arts, Culture & Entertainment, ARUP

14~15:30 pm | Session II: “Art and Design in the AI (Artificial Intelligence) Era”
Jae Yeop KIM, Interaction Lead Designer, Microsoft, AI & Research Group
Sukwoo LEE, Industrial Designer, SWNA Founder
Elliot Woods, Artist & Co-founder, Kimchi and Chips
Sey MIN, Data Visualization Artist, Art & Technology Professor, Sogang University
Lee Nam LEE, Media Artist, LEE Lee Nam Studio
Moderated by Kwang Hyuk KIM, Director, Total Contents Lab
Organizer: Galleries Association of Korea

Saturday 6

11~12:30 am | Session III: “Key Figures and Trends in the Art Market Today: From the Global Scene to the Asian/Korean Context”
Marek Classen, Managing Director, ArtFacts.Net Group
Henri Neuendorf, Associate Editor, artnet News
Moderated by Georgina Adam, Art Market Author and Journlist, The Art Newspaper/ Financial Times
An outlook to the current status of the international art trade through the analysis of results, statistics and main trends put together in annual reports, aiming to draw the picture from the global scene to the regional and Korean art landscape.


Georgina Adam

Art Market Editor-at-Large. The Art Newspaper

Marek Claassen

Managing Director, ArtFacts.Net Group

Henri Neuendorf

Associate Editor, artnet News

14~15:30 pm | Session IV: “Ways of Collecting Art Today”
Han Nefkens, Han Nefkens Foundation, Barcelona
Ramón Sauma (Founder) & Cristián Aninate (Executive Director), Colección Ca.Sa, Santiago de Chile
Frank Yang, Founder and Chairman, Frank F. Yang Art & Education Foundation, Shenzhen
Moderated by Georgina Adam, Art Market Author and Journlist, The Art Newspaper/ Financial Times
What does it mean to collect art in the 21st century? How do collectors envision their role today? Collectors nowadays are more focused in sharing than in possessing, so what does collecting mean today? It no longer entails the mere acquisition of artworks; many collectors now are getting involved in the artistic processes and become engaged with patronage, production or institutions;  thus, generating new relationships and dynamics with the artists, curators, advisors, museums and other fellow collectors.


Han Nefkens

Han Nefkens Foundation, Barcelona

Ramón Sauma

Founder, Colección Ca.Sa, Santiago de Chile

Frank Yang

Founder and Chairman, Frank F. Yang Art & Education Foundation, Shenzhen

16.30-18.00 |Session V: Communicating in the Art World: How to Promote your Project effectively”
Kingsley Jayasekera, Director, Marketing and Customer Experience, WKCDA-West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong
Bel Natividad, Director of Marketing, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona-MACBA, Barcelona
Erica Siu, Assistant VP and Director, SUTTON PR, Hong Kong
Rebecca Taylor, Executive Vice President, FITZ & CO, London
Moderated by Hongchul Byun, Director / Adjunct Professor of Dongduk Univ, Graywall
Communication is vital to construct a project. The content is king and knowing who and how to address the communication strategies is key for a successful campaign. Communicating in the art world involves a carefully planned and tailored strategy for each project –whether it is a museum, a commercial gallery, a non-profit organization or an art fair. Leading communication experts, both working in art institutions or in independent PR agencies, will share their knowledge and experience in coordinating marketing and communication teams.


Kingsley Jayasekera

Director, Marketing and Customer Experience, WKCDA-West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong

Bel Natividad

Director of Marketing, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona-MACBA, Barcelona

Erica Siu

Assistant VP and Director, Sutton, Hong Kong

Rebecca Taylor

Executive Vice President, FITZ & CO, London


Dates & hours:
Friday 5 Oct, 2018 – 11-15.30 h (sessions 1 & 2)
Saturday 6 Oct, 2018 – 11 to 18 h (sessions 3, 4 & 5)
Korean and English
Pre-registration via website (www.kiaf.org) & on-site registration.
Attendance is free.
4F Conference Room(South) 402
COEX Convention & Exhibition Center
Seoul, South Korea


GALLERY WEEKEND KOREA, hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) and organized by Galleries Association of Korea, runs concurrently with Korea International Art Fair (KIAF) in Seoul.
Launched in 2016, GALLERY WEEKEND KOREA is a premier international event in the field of Asian contemporary art. Prominent international curators, gallerists, collectors, and art professionals also engage in GALLERY WEEKEND KOREA’s core programming, which includes: K-ART Conversation, K-ART FAM Tour, and networking receptions. These activities seek to inspire attendees to participate more fully in cultural, and creative exchanges though immersion in the country’s rich artistic milieu.


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