News from Nowhere is both a stirring exhibition and an open platform for investigation of the world as it is today and as it could be imagined in the future. For this ongoing project Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho assembled a remarkable group of thinkers and practitioners to contribute to their research exploring the meaning, social function, and the role of the arts in contemporary times. Initially presented at Documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany in 2012, News from Nowhere continues to evolve with the Chicago Laboratory as its next, expanded iteration, which is also the first US presentation of this exceptional co-generative work. The exhibition includes two films by Moon and Jeon—El Fin del Mundo and Avyakta—as well as contributions by six of the artists’ collaborators: architect Toyo Ito, fashion designers Kuho Jung and Kosuke Tsumura, mime Yu Jin Gyu, and design firms MVRDV and takram design engineering. As a laboratory, the exhibition will become a site of research and creative process with SAIC and the city-at-large, serving as a platform for forums, lectures, workshops, performances, and events that enable discourses to unfold.
For more information on this ongoing project from the artists’ website, visit: newsfromnowhere.kr. A press release on the exhibition is also available in the SAIC press room.
Exhibition spatial concept and design by takram design engineering, Kaz Yoneda, Architect, with artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho. Generous support for the artists has been provided by Hyundai Motor Company, LB Investment, and Nefs Co. Ltd., along with Asiana Airlines in cooperation with GALLERY HYUNDAI, Seoul. We would also like to thank the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, for their support of the exhibition.