Asia SOCIETY | Asia Society x NGV: Mindfulness in TaekwondoVIEW EVENT DETAILS
An introduction to Taekwondo and mindfulness with Master Robert Pace, 7th Dan
Learn Taekwondo, practice mindfulness in movement.
It’s the new year in the lunar calendar, so get up and out of your chair! Get moving as you learn about the origins and ethos of this Korean tradition that has become a world-wide sporting phenomenon.
A workout for the body and the mind, Taekwondo is as much about self-discipline and intentional movement, as it is about self-defence. Recognised for its breathing method, Taekwondo focuses heavily on breath control and mindfulness in executing sharp and controlled movements.
Set in front of the contemplative work of Korean artist Lee Ufan on display in NGV Triennial, and surrounded by the accompanying architectural installation by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma and local artist Geoff Nees, Taekwondo Master Robert Pace demonstrates a selection of Taekwondo skills, walking audiences through the basics of the Korean martial art and sharing some of the mindfulness elements intrinsic to the sport.
Learn a new way to be present, improve your coordination and your overall body awareness in the year of the Ox, and be introduced to poomsae, or ‘patterns’ – a set of repetitive movements requiring intense focus, arranged in a meaningful order designed to get you in the ‘zone’.
Date: Saturday 13 February 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. AEDT
This event is open to the public and will run as webcast only. Registration is essential. For further enquiries contact: email@example.com
Image: Robert performs in front of Kengo Kuma & Associates, Tokyo and Paris (architecture studio); Kengo Kuma (designer); Geoff Nees (artist) Botanical pavilion 2020 on display as part of NGV Triennial 2020 at NGV International, 19 December 2020 – 18 April 2021 © Kengo Kuma and Geoff Nees
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About the Space
Emphasising the relationships between space, perception, and object, Lee Ufan’s works develop from an appreciation of nature and the inherent qualities of his materials. In Dialogue, 2017, the action of repetitive minimal marks denotes an association between the body and temporality. Combining artistic practice with philosophical writing, Lee’s oeuvre is characterised by thoughtful and direct iterations of gestures, engaging the viewer in contemplation of abstract forms and vivid restraint.
Responding to the work, Kengo Kuma collaborates with local artist Geoff Nees to explore the philosophical nature of Ufan’s painting. Through the creation of a new architectural installation, a gallery-scale circular pavilion acts as a sensorial walkway through which to approach and contemplate Ufan’s painting.
About our Instructors
Asia Society Australia acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.
Our Asia SOCIETY programs span across visual art and performance, literature, media, technology, education, and community sectors. These unique partner events examine cultural traditions and expressions, celebrate diversity and multiculturalism, and explore a changing Australian society. Run as both public and member only events, this programming stream offers an exciting way to engage with the work of Asia Society Australia.
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