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Hangjun Lee (b. 1977)

The Metaphysics of Sound (2007)

Hangjun Lee is a filmmaker and independent curator who also works as a program director at EXiS festival in Seoul. His works are based on multi-projection and optical sound, focused on projector improvisation since the mid 2000s, collaborating with Ryu Hankil, Martin Tétreault, Jérôme Noetinger, Will Guthrie, Alan Corutis. His films have been shown at various venues, including the Issue Project Room(NY, USA), South Bank Centre & Cafe OTO (London, UK), BOZAR (Brussels, Belgium), Rotterdam Film Festival(Rotterdam, Netherlands) and Netmage10 (Bologna, Italy) and have been distributed by Light Cone in Paris (France).

He also has curated screening and live media programs such as Cinematic Divergence (2013) and Mujanhyang (2014) for the National Museum of Contemporary Arts in Seoul and Embeddedness: Artist Films and Videos from Korea 1960's to Now (2015) for the Tate Modern in London.

He has contributed to several contemporary arts magazines in China, Taiwan and South Korea, and has participated in artist residency programs at LIFT (Toronto), No.w.here (London), MTK (Grenoble), and MIRE (Nantes), ARKO Art Center C-Lab(Arco Art Center, Seoul), SeMA Nanji(Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul) etc. Since 2006 he has been working on an audiovisual research project, "Expanded Celluloid, Extended Phonograph" in collaboration with Hong Chulki, a noise improviser. Their collaboration stimulated critical investigations into the performativity of practices in the darkroom, the screening room, the private recording/ practicing studio, and the public performance spaces utilized for the improvising musician.