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DOOEUN CHOI


New York City



DooEun Choi is a curator and art consultant in New York and was formerly a visiting scholar at The School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons The New School. As a curator, Choi treats the space as a laboratory for experimenting with the types of experience and aesthetics that can emerge from combining and recombining scientific knowledge, artistic practices, and historical narratives.

“Through the reformulation of time and space as a responsive environment, the public space in cities becomes an interface to reassess the world we live in and foresee 'Future Worlds.' A diverse group of artists from various cultural backgrounds—ranging from the first generation of media artists to new practices within the millennial generation—will broaden our understanding of new values in this augmented future, blurring the boundaries between the real and virtual, material and immaterial, visible and invisible, and machine and human,” she says.

Choi recently worked as Art Director of Da Vinci Creative (2015–2017) and as Chief Curator at Art Center Nabi in Seoul. Her recent projects include #BODY#morph on the ARTJAWS (2018); Neotopia: Data and Humanity at Art Center Nabi in Seoul (2017–18); Han Youngsoo: Photographs of Seoul 1956–63 at ICP (International Center of Photography) at MANA (2017); Why Future Still Needs Us: AI and Humanity at Art Center Nabi in Seoul and QUT Art Museum in Brisbane (2016–17); BIAN, at Arsenal Montreal (2016); Choe U-ram: Anima, at Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul (2013); Mediacity Seoul 2012 Biennale, at the Seoul Museum of Art in Seoul; and ZERO1 Biennial 2012, at Zero1 Garage in San Jose, California.

davincicreative.org
www.nabi.or.kr
mediacityseoul.kr
2012.zero1biennial.org
streamingmuseum.org
artjaws.com



AURORA 2018 | Section Artworks:


Melting Memories by Refik Anadol
Digital Icons by Miguel Chevalier 
Isotopp  by Herman Kolgen
Circulation by teamVOID & Youngkak Cho
Power of Will by Lu Yang








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JUSTINE LUDWIG


New York City



Justine Ludwig is the Executive Director of Creative Time. She has curated projects with many artists including Shilpa Gupta, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Pedro Reyes, Laercio Rendondo, Paola Pivi, and Pia Camil. Her research interests include the intersections of aesthetics and architecture, violence, economics, and globalization. Ludwig has an MA in Global Arts from Goldsmiths University of London and a BA in Art with a concentration in Art History from Colby College.

For AURORA 2018, she partnered with Dallas-based curator Danielle Avram to create a program under the theme of ‘Future Worlds’ that brought together a selection of artists exploring ideas regarding the convergence of natural and constructed worlds, and the perception of time and space.

"From frozen earthly moments to shifting alien landscapes, each of the artists in our program approaches organically occurring biological and ecological rhythms from the perceived influence of larger cosmic forces—both the understood and the speculative. What is known and familiar exists in harmony with the strange and alien, with humans as intermediaries between the two. By investigating our role as arbiters of change we collapse the past, present and future into a singular self-perpetuating entity that is at once mysterious, yet predictable," Ludwig and Avram say.



AURORA 2018 | Section Artworks:


Freezing Rain by Paula Crown
All the Light You See by Alicia Eggert
Sick Waves by Kristin Lucas
Greater Flamingo, Marching by Krisitin Lucas
Exo by David Stout






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NADIM SAMMAN


Berlin



Nadim Samman is a curator and art historian based in Berlin. He studied philosophy at University College London before receiving his PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He co-founded the first Antarctic Biennale (2017) and the Antarctic Pavilion in Venice (2015–ongoing). In 2016, he curated the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art and, in 2012, the 4th Marrakech Biennale with Carson Chan. Other major projects include “Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition,” a site-specific exhibition on the remote Paciific Island of Isla del Coco, and “Rare Earth” at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemoporary in Vienna. In 2014, Foreign Policy Magazine named him among the “100 Leading Global Thinkers.” 

Samman’s program for AURORA 2018 and the theme ‘Future Worlds’ recast the streets and plaza around Dallas City Hall as an urban theatre—a theater whose play follows a simple script, first written in May 1968 and graffitied on city walls in Paris: “Under the paving stones, the beach.” It is an invocation that retains its power today, half a century later, through its invitation to discover another world, right here, where we least expect it. It is a spell (or a little bit of alchemy) that wills things to be different.

In this spirit, Samman’s program consisted of four distortions of everyday downtown moments—marshaling smoke, soap suds, speech, sirens, cars and killer whales. For one night only, City Hall billowed smoke; the Kay Bailey Convention Center was trasnported to freezing North Atlantic; someone, finally, told it like it is; and errors and car exhausts were redeemed in music. That, and more. But the next day? It wasn’t for Samman, nor his artists, to decide.

nadimsamman.com



AURORA 2018 | Section Artworks:


Freisetzung by Fabian Knecht
continuous power by Simon Mullan
Dances with Whales (Keiko – Always on my Mind) by Magnús Siguardason & Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (DGDG)
Run Time Error by Simon Steen-Andersen
SO-High by So-So Topic









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DANIELLE AVRAM


Dallas



Danielle Avram is an independent curator and writer. Formerly the Gallery Director at Texas Woman’s University and Pollock Curatorial Fellow at Southern Methodist, she has worked at several art institutions including The Power Station (Dallas), The Pinnell Collection (Dallas), The High Museum of Art (Atlanta), and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston). Avram’s writing has been published by a variety of outlets, including The Dallas Morning News, FD Magazine, D Magazine, and Glasstire.

For AURORA 2018, she worked with New York-based curator Justine Ludwig to create a program under the theme of ‘Future Worlds’ that brought together a selection of artists exploring ideas regarding the convergence of natural and constructed worlds, and the perception of time and space.

"From frozen earthly moments to shifting alien landscapes, each of the artists in our program approaches organically occurring biological and ecological rhythms from the perceived influence of larger cosmic forces—both the understood and the speculative. What is known and familiar exists in harmony with the strange and alien, with humans as intermediaries between the two. By investigating our role as arbiters of change we collapse the past, present and future into a singular self-perpetuating entity that is at once mysterious, yet predictable," Ludwig and Avram say.



AURORA 2018 | Section Artworks:


Freezing Rain by Paula Crown
All the Light You See by Alicia Eggert
Sick Waves by Kristin Lucas
Greater Flamingo, Marching by Krisitin Lucas
Exo by David Stout