Many people know Korea for its K-POP culture with doll-like looking idol groups but hip hop has been rising in the last couple of years. Its great news for cultural development, but in such a trend-based country like Korea, it can lead to an exponential rise in hip hop music releases but what about its quality control? Are people simply jumping on the band wagon to make a quick buck or is there an actual motive to take hip hop in a positive trajectory in Korea? In this short, Owen not only discusses his goals and aspirations as an artist, but also talks about the importance in understanding the culture and history of hip hop for current artists and newcomers for a positive direction of this growing music and culture in Korea.
This is the first episode of my project called “Microperspectives” and this series aims to tell stories of artists.
By artist, this project not only refers to a person with vision, but also a passion to create beauty. And by this definition, anyone can be an artist. A chef, painter, architect, videographer, director, designer, musician, or even a farmer.This project believes the term 'artist' is open to anyone who truly cares about their own and others' work, further understanding that beauty and happiness is a bi-product as well as a prerequisite to true sharing.
Episode 1 tells the story of a young bamboo master, Takayuki Shimizu (a.k.a. Zu Sensei) in Beppu, Japan.
Even in the most hectic, colourful, and messy environment, we are able to find find patterns whether they are symmetrical or not. No colour, no visual is preordained with meaning. The dark black resembles just as much purity as we associate white to it.