BTS, described as the “biggest boy band in the world,” announced an international public art project with 22 contemporary artists across five cities. Its first exhibitions opened at London’s Serpentine Galleries and Berlin’s Gropius Bau.
Changing the Tune of Globalization
In her new book on changing patterns of cultural production and consumption, Fatima Bhutto posits that it’s not American pop songs but K-Pop that has become the soundtrack of globalization.
How K-Pop Has Become a Battleground for Political Ideologies
Not unlike the art market, K-pop is governed by corporate interests and a hunger for global audiences.
How to Construct a K-Pop Thrill
With the exception of Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” the American market has been tough for Korean record labels to crack, until now.
A K-Pop Flash in the Darkness
As with any deceased musician, there’s the temptation to speculate how much Jonghyun’s real-life suffering informed the music.
A Social Experiment: A K-pop Boy Band with No Koreans
I’m Making A Boy Band (IMMABB), initiated by Korean Columbia MFA graduate Bora Kim, is an ongoing project that uses Korean pop (K-pop) to pose questions about nationhood, cultural appropriation, and gender roles.