The 13th Seoul Mediacity Biennale
Calls for Artistic Director

The Seoul Museum of Art is pleased to announce its open call for the position of artistic director of the 13th Seoul Mediacity Biennale. Since its inauguration in 2000 as an initiative of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul Mediacity Biennale has earned international recognition for its experimental engagement with “contemporaneity and the changes of media in the city.” The Biennale has shared conceptual experiences on media from its precursor exhibition SEOUL in MEDIA, which was held three times between 1996 and 1999. Since then, the Biennale has presented twelve editions, each embodying varying ideas and activities that resonate with its respective time. In order to continue the pursuit of novel modes of interpreting the Biennale’s identity and extending the project’s historical continuum, Seoul Museum of Art seeks to appoint the artistic director for the forthcoming 13th Seoul Mediacity Biennale through an open call process. We welcome the interest and application of contemporary art that is competent, experimental and reflective by prospecting the society and era to lead this project towards its next iteration.

The 13th Seoul Mediacity Biennale

Open Recruitment Information

Requirements

Major Roles and Responsibility

Selection Criteria

Required Documents and Submission

Evaluation Process

Notes

Exhibition Period (tentative): August 26 - November 30, 2025

Exhibition Venue: All exhibition spaces and annex galleries of Seoul Museum of Art, including the Seosomun Main Building (See SeMA’s website for information on available venues) and online

Project Budget: approximately 2.1 billion KRW (based on 12th edition)

Host and Organizer: Seoul Museum of Art

Application Period: June 17 - July 28, 2024

Open Position: artistic director (individual or team) for the 13th Seoul Mediacity Biennale

Time commitment: Part-time (flexible to full-time, depending on project schedule)

Position period: until December, 2025 (contract duration: 15 months)

Compensation: approximately 60 million KRW (individual) / 80 million KRW (team)

Possess expertise related to contemporary art and similar planning experience within the past 5 years

Contribute to the Biennale’s and Seoul Museum of Art’s domestic and international networking initiatives

Successfully produce the Biennale exhibition and manage communications related to public relations for Seoul’s representative biennale

Visit and stay in Seoul for a sufficient period of time

Generate detailed plans that correspond with the systems and requirements of Seoul Museum of Art

Unconditionally support human rights and reject sexual harassment and discrimination

Establish exhibition theme, develop exhibition plan, select artists and artworks, install exhibited works, produce related texts and adhere to budget management policies for the 13th Seoul Mediacity Biennale

Plan related programs, publication and events of the 13th Seoul Mediacity Biennale

Coordinate all tasks related to public relations and sponsorship objectives of the 13th Seoul Mediacity Biennale

Cooperate with Biennale team and other departments of Seoul Museum of Art including participation in related events

Submit reports throughout the process of completing each task

Fullfill additional requirements as determined by Seoul Museum of Art

Dedication to contemporary art and media art landscape based on the identity of the Biennale

A future-oriented exhibition model that connects Seoul’s history, culture and locality to the Biennale’s experimental nature

An exhibition plan that has not been previously realized and is distinct from other biennales.

Submission Period: June 17 - July 28, 2024 (midnight KST)

Announcement of selected candidates for interviews (tentative) : August 30, 2024

Announcement of final selection (tentative) : September 20, 2024

Required Documents: Application Form, Cover Letter (less than 1500 words), Exhibition Proposal, Consent for Collection and Use of Personal Information 

Please download the application forms HERE. Additional documents other than the required documents listed above will not be reviewed

Submission: Submit the completed form via email to apply@mediacityseoul.kr. Email subject line and attachment must include applicant’s name

Document Review: August 5 – 26, 2024

Announcement of selected candidates for interviews (tentative) : August 30, 2024

Final interview : September 10, 2024 Presentation of exhibition plan followed by questions from the interview panel. Foreign language interpretation will be provided. Interviews of candidates based overseas will be conducted online, unless candidates wish to travel to Seoul (transportation/accommodation not provided).

Final announcement of final selection (tentative) : September 20, 2024

Detailed schedules are subject to change

Recruitment process is confidential

Applicant is responsible for any disadvantage caused by failure to follow application
guidelines or errors and/or omissions of information.

If any statements included in submitted application materials are falsified, applicants may be
excluded from selection.

Applicants are prohibited from accepting appointments to similar positions of other art
biennales or events until the conclusion of the application period.

Submitted materials will not be returned.

Please direct any email inquiries to contact@mediacityseoul.kr or refer to the websites of the
13th Seoul Mediacity pre-Biennale and Seoul Museum of Art.

The 13th Seoul Mediacity pre-Biennale
http://mediacityseoul.kr

Seoul Museum of Art
http://sema.seoul.go.kr

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