Seaweed Shrine

Julia Lohmann, Kayoung Kim

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It is said that during the Goryeo Dynasty (918 — 1392), Koreans discovered that whales would eat seaweed after giving birth to recover their strength, and it became a custom to feed seaweed soup to mothers. Even today, on birthdays, along with the congratulatory wishes, the question follows, "Did you eat seaweed soup?" It is the first dish cooked when a new life is born and invokes care, affection, and dedication in the Korean psyche.

In Gijang, this tradition is even stronger: According to research by Gijang County, when a child is born in the region, seaweed soup is served to the family on the ceremonial table every day for a week and every week for a month, to wish for the child’s health and well-being and give strength back to the mother after giving birth.

This installation and studio creates a special place for the seaweed that shaped the local cultures, next to Halmae Shrine and Halbae Shrine, an acknowledgement of a community’s multispecies entanglements and relations. It is a kind of ‘Seaweed Shrine’.

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBusan, Korea
PublisherBusan Biennale
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023
MoE publication typeF2 Partial implementation of a work of art or performance
EventSea Art Festival - Ilgwang Beach, Busan, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 14 Oct 202319 Nov 2023

Field of art

  • Contemporary art
  • Design


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