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The Tiger and Bear Museum Collection as part of The Third Nationality at Amado Art Space, Seoul

The Tiger and Bear Museum Collection is proud to announce our involvement in The Third Nationality at Amado Art Space Seoul.

Tiger and Bear’s contribution to the Third Nationality marks the end of a five year relationship between award winning artists Steven Slade and Boris Hans two artists from Peru who came to South Korea in 2008 and left in 2014. During their five year relationship they achieved a great deal of artistic feats, including performing live on stage with Korean rock stars Go Go Star, participating in over fifty performance art festivals, featuring in a music video for American super group Swingset Committee, creating the most innovative concept for a comic strip since The Dandy, writing a best selling autobiography, staring in the hit comedy Shoomie’s Got a Pencil, and winning a whole plethora of awards.

Partners of the Museum of Tiger and Bear Collection would like to eulogize this breathtaking partnership that stole the hearts of some.

“I grew up with Tiger and Bear a permanent feature of our house hold. Can’t believe they’re finished. Gutted.” – Park Min Min of Boy Group 2:99

“Tiger and Bear will always be in our hearts. They truly encompassed everything it means to be Korean.” – Bobby G of Bucks Fizz

“Know the great men of your age.” – Celebrity chef Baltasar Gracián

“The first time I saw a Postphallicism masterpiece I cried for days. So much beauty and so much sorrow.” – Big G Electro Manta Ray

“I was lucky enough to be in attendance at the first ever Tiger and Bear performance. I know everyone says that, but I was. And we all knew form that day forward that they were going to change the face of art.” – Mick Hucknall

“Yeah! woooowoowooowooo yeahhh uhhhh HAMJACXER.” –67 member K-pop group HAMJACXER

“They were really close friends of ours and we learned a lot from them. We wish them all the luck in the world.” Lion and Rabbit

Their presence in Korea will be sorely missed and it is with great pleasure that we share with you the work of these most celebrated genii.

If you would like to help support some real Tigers and Bears then why not visit our website at http://www.showatigerandbearartbytigerandbear.com Where we make special scratch resistant exhibitions so that real tigers and bears the world over can appreciate the work of tiger and bear in a safe and educational environment. Make a pledge today! Please!

The First Amado Exhibition Award Artist
권효진 Kwon Hyo Jin (북한/North Korean)
신광 Shin Gwang (조선족/Ethnic Korean)
유지환 Yoo Ji Whan (한국/KOREA)
윤현선 Yoon Hyun Sun (한국/KOREA)
Eric Scott Nelson (미국/USA)
James Topple (영국/UK)
Tiger and Bear (영국UK)
Curator: 김수정 (Su Kim)
Assistant Curator: 조성준(Sung-jun Cho), 전수진(Sujin Jun)

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There will be performances on the opening night including a surprise Tiger and Bear performance! Although it’s not really a surprise now is it.

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Dancing with Nietzsche Act Five: End of the Night

Here it is the long awaited DwN act 5!

Written by someone who wishes to remain anonymous with original performance documentation photographs and illustrations by Bristol based illustrator James Wilson http://jameswilsonillustration.com/

Unfortunately thethreewisemonkeys.com are dicks and wont publish it anymore and the writer can’t possibly be fucked to finish writing it. Despite these annoyances Dancing with Nietzsche has been an enjoyable ride and a fresh and authentic approach to documenting performance art through the medium of Gonzo Journalism.  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I have.

A tear fills my eye when I think back on that faithful weekend when Bear was still a Bear and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and acting like an out of control ignorant pig was a sufficient life style.  

For now, here is the final installment of Dancing with Nietzsche. You can view the saga in it’s entirety in the “page” section of this blog.

Enjoy and remember, don’t try this at home!, do it in a hotel instead.

Act 5: End of the Night

 

“Soju is a filthy animal.” – Anon.

I squinted into the gloom, trying to make sense of the room which we had found ourselves in. As my eyes slowly adjusted to the darkness it became apparent that we were in a long space, consisting of undecorated walls and rough, hard floor. There was no furniture and only bare wires trailed from where there should have been light fittings. A foreboding cocktail of fear and curiosity ran up my spinal column as beads of cold sweat rolled down my back. I turned and looked behind me, into the whites of Bear’s eyes, as they stared into the darkness. I had a strong desire to turn back but I abruptly found my legs were moving by their own accord, bringing me deeper into the space.

I could hear Bear’s feet clumping along behind me; as we made our way towards the other end of the room a murky, low red light became apparent. I could not see our surroundings any better, but as we reached the opposite wall I could make out a corner, around the corner of which the source of the red light appeared to be.

We rounded the corner and stepped into a smaller room. The concrete floor was littered with detritus, broken chairs, a legless table, books with their guts ripped out, broken light bulbs, burnt bedding, every single detail awash in a blood red light. The scene was complimented by the most revolting stench to have ever entered my nostrils — something along the lines of rotting meat marinated in battery acid. The stench quickly filled my nostrils, choking the oxygen out of my lungs, as nausea washed over my like a tsunami of mountainous proportions. My stomach churning, I wheezed and staggered, tears filling my eyes. The room fell out of focus. The beat of my heart boomed in my ears as I fell backwards.

 

 In darkness I felt eyes upon me; eyes from the past, every malevolent glance and leer that had ever been shot my way, suddenly resurrected. I could feel them, swarming around in the shadows, staring out from the void, preparing for the kill as I lay helpless, sinking into the floor.

 

A bright white light filtered through the tears, two shapes born from the confusion, slowly coming together. Two forms with arms and legs, floating in the air. I blinked, soju tears tumbling down my cheeks, the figures coming into focus. On the left was a tiger, fashioned from some sort of coarse fabric, colored a crude orange overlaid with black stripes. On the right was a Bear, possibly made from a scrap of dirty sack. Together they bobbed up and down, blind button eyes staring at nothing, their stitched mouths frozen in disturbed smiles. String trailing from their limbs led my eyes upwards to a set of perfectly smooth finger tips attached to hands which were the color of dead white fish, washed up on a barren shore.

The fingers moved with expert precision, controlling, directing, and orchestrating every move. Beyond the finger tips I could make out a jaw line, a pair of ever so thin lips curling into a smile. As the lips peeled back row after row of perfectly formed razor sharp teeth were revealed. A pair of black eyes glistened in the dark.

I heard what sounded like a door slamming shut. I was upright, leaning against a wall, bright hospital lights blasting into my retinas. I looked down at my right hand to see a bank note clutched between my fingers. A hallway faded in and out of focus as past memories began to bubble to the surface. Stumbling down neon drenched alleys in the heart ofSeoul, cackling hysterically as I descended the stairs of another basement noraebang. Standing on a street corner, bent out of shape in the throes of another chemical fantasy at the edge of dawn; focus returned as I lurched forward out of an elevator, following Bear as he stumbled down another corridor, bouncing from wall to wall, clawing at closed doors as he went. I tried to focus as Bear stopped and started doing something to a door handle. I found myself holding onto a window frame next to a door, trying to grip onto some semblance of reality. I looked into a darkened room and I could make out a figure lying in the middle of it. I swung around to face Bear, brandishing the bank note between my fingers.

“I dare you 10,000 won to tea bag him…” I heard myself say.

The bank note disappeared from my fingers as I collapsed beneath the window. My gaze finally settled on a white ceiling as I watched a pair shoes above me disappear through the window above. I closed my eyes as a scream erupted from the room.

                                                                                                             

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Thud.

Thud.

Thud.

A chisel through the top of my skull, straight into my brain.

Thud.

Thud.

Thud.

A ragged silhouetted figure came into focus, blackened against a fiery orange glow. The ember of a cigarette flared and a cloud of smoke wafted upwards. I struggled to prop myself up on one elbow as the figure turned to me, its face obscured by the shadows of the room.

“The police are outside,” a voice said. It sounded like Bear’s, yet broken, confused, distorted, like he was speaking under water.

I could hear other voices, far off, yet audible and slowly getting louder. I could now see I was in a hotel room, but not one I recognized. Through the window I could see the sun emerging behind the endless mountains, a brutal water color beating me back into consciousness. Glancing down I discovered my chest was covered in semi-dried vomit.

Broken glass and splinters of wood covered the floor and the smell of something burning filled the air. The remains of a rice cooker were strewn in a far corner, an unidentified gloop covered the ceiling and ran down the walls, pooling on the floor; a small pile of fire extinguishers sat next to where I had been lying, which must have been the source of the white dust that seemed to cover everything in sight, including me.  

Bear’s words began to take hold. The police were outside. The voices outside belonged to the police. My mind attempted to race for some kind of solution, but instead stalled over and over as I tried to remember how to stand up.

“Is there…an air conditioner? Maybe we can climb into…” I heard somebody say.

Bear’s silhouette said nothing, simply placing another cigarette between his lips, holding a lighter to it and sparking it in a rather unenergetic fashion. I tried again to stand up and collapsed into a heap. Bear threw the lighter across the room and stood up. He began stumbling around, amongst the debris, searching for something.

“We should hide. Under the covers,” he mumbled.

I blinked and tried to process this suggestion. The police were ready to storm up the stairs, kick down the door and haul us out to be publicly crucified for all manner of criminal deviancy, which although I could not remember I was almost certain we had committed, and our solution to this predicament was to pretend to be asleep. I knew this plan wouldn’t quite work some where along the line, but I couldn’t quite place my finger on which particular part was not going to pan out. Instead I just nodded my head, slowly and painfully, listening to the vertebrae creak and crack as I did so.

“Yeah…let’s do that,” I said.

 

I rolled over, grasping at some soiled and still smoldering bedding, dragging it over me as I turned to face the door. The soju hangover was in full effect; I felt like I’d been eating sand whilst banging my head against a brick wall and inhaling the chemical dust the blankets were covered in was not helping in the slightest. The voices became louder and I buried myself deep beneath the covers.Blindly reaching out I hugged my hand around the squat stomach of one the fire extinguishers, bringing into the darkness with me. Caressing my hand down its cold, hard body I intimately clutched hold of its trigger, taking the nozzle with my other hand. While I delicately felt my way around its perfect curves I discovered the pin was still in the trigger. I ever so tenderly and slowly pulled it out, as angry Korean voices and heavy footsteps grew louder.

I peeked out from under my sanctuary of fabric. The door was painted in a strange twilight hue. It looked strong, impenetrable, like it could withstand a thousands blows and a hundred more. I hugged the fire extinguisher to my chest, I wishing I could fall back asleep in peace and never wake up.

THUD.

THUD.

THUD.

I bolted upright, pointing the nozzle of the fire extinguisher towards the door, gripping the handle and beginning to apply pressure. A vicious hissing sound began to erupt from the guts of the fire extinguisher. The door handle rattled up and down. The door burst open in a shower of splinters and I squeezed the trigger hard.

To be continued…

 

 

maybe…

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The Tiger and Bear Museum at Yogiga Gallery

The Tiger and Bear Museum 호랑이와 박물관

 

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11th – 18th September

9월11일-18일

Yogiga Gallery,

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Award winning South Korea based Irish artists Garry McCarthy and Nigel MacCormack AKA Tiger and Bear, present their multi-disciplinary art project in a retrospective exhibition titled The Tiger and Bear Museum. Follow the story of the eccentric performance art duo and see how they shot into the expatriate media lime light, gave a voice to a multitude of collaborators with Tiger and Bear Comics and how the pressure of fame and ‘creative differences’ eventually led to their recent split. With video documentation of performances, press clippings, artist memorabilia and lot’s lot’s more, come and delve into a fantastic world of myth, magic and playful nobishness, in an experience that will leave you entertained, educated and out of breath!

With performances happening on the 11th and the 17th

Opening on the 11th With Tiger and Bear’s new performance Tiger and Bear’s Cave to Humanness. With bands Jambinai 잠비나이, Swimming Doll 스위돌 and Lobos로보스.

 

한국에서 거주하며 예술작업을 하는  화려한 수상경력의 Irish 아티스트 Garry McCarthy 과 Nigel MacCormack ( AKA 호랑이와 곰 )이 ‘호랑이와 곰 박물관’ 이라는 전시 타이틀로 다양한 아트  프로젝트들을 선보이며 회고전을  갖다.   이 괴짜 퍼포먼스 아티스트 듀오가 한국내 외국 미디어의 주목을 받게 된 과정 ,   호랑이와 곰 만화 시리즈가 협업으로 이루어지게 된 뒷 이야기, 유명세와 ‘창작에 대한 견해 차’로 결국은 결별에  이르게 된 사연들을 들어볼 수 있다.  퍼포먼스들을 담은 비디오  자료,  관련 기사 스크랩,  아티스트의 기념적 오브제들 등 보고, 즐길 꺼리가 풍성하다.  신화와 마법, 그리고 장난기어린 노비쉬니스의  환상적 세계를 흠뻑 맛보기! 이 한 번의 여정으로  관객들은  보고 듣는 재미를 만끽하는 동시에 새로운 것들을 배우는 숨막히는 경험을 하게 될 것이다.

11일과 17일에는 퍼포먼스 공연이 준비돼 있다.

오프닝 11일 ; 호랑이와 곰의  새로운 퍼포먼스 ‘Tiger and Bear’s Cave to Humanness’, 밴드 잠비나이, 스위밍 돌, 로보스 공연

 

사용자 삽입 이미지

주소 : 서울특별시 마포구 합정동 412-1번지 세원2빌딩 지하 Google map
전화 : 02-3141-2603(공연중에는 못받을 수 있습니다)

 

 

 

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Dancing with Nietzsche Act 3

See it here: Act 3

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Tiger and Bear 호랑이와 곰 spotted in subway salesmen scandal

We received this footage captured by a passenger on the line 1 subway train in Seoul. It shows Tiger and Bear trying to sell cheap kids hand warmers with cartoon illustrations of Pikachu and Hello Kitty for 300,000 krw, with the added novelty of stuffing them down your trousers to keep your ‘gochu’ warm. If you spot them, please DO NOT BUY the hand warmers and DO NOT SUPPLY THEM WITH ANY MONEY OR ALCOHOL. Instead report them to Tiger and Bear INC. In the event of their capture you will be liable for a monetary reward.

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Tiger and Bear 호랑이와 곰 ‘Action Calligraphy’

In Celebration of Hangul day Tiger and Bear perform ‘Action Calligraphy’ in collaboration with Dann Gaymer. Seoul International Performance Festival, 2010, Nowon-gu, Seoul

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Tiger and Bear 호랑이와 곰 (Tiger and Ungnyeo) KEAF 2010

Tiger and Bear performed at the Korea Experimental Art Festival 2010 (KEAF) in Hongdae, Seoul 31/07/2010
Bear finally transforms into a beautiful woman/gets to live his secret trannie fantasy.

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Tiger and Bear 호랑이와 곰: 마늘쑥

Tiger and Bear distributed two runs of artist edition artworks of 마늘쑥 in two performances. The first batch a run of 100 with a red coloured rubber stamp print were distributed on Nami Island during INDIFEST 2009. The second batch of 150 with a blue coloured rubber stamp print were distributed in the Dong-sung-ro festival 2009, Daegu. Each artwork consisted of a small pot containing a clove of garlic, a clipping of mugwort and the Nakwon rubber stamp print with Hangol characters reading 곰호랑이 (bear tiger).

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To listen to the sound piece that accompanied these performances press play on the media player below.
http://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.0.5.swf

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Tiger and Bear 호랑이와 곰 Dong-sung-ro festival (마늘쑥#2)

As a follow up to the Nami Island performance we unofficially took part in the Dong-sung-ro festival, Daegu. A larger edition of 200 마늘쑥 were made to distribute to the public
It is worth adding that prior the performance we started the day off by visiting a restaurant in the afternoon and consumed a number of soju bottles.
Trying to blend into the festival crowd we walked up and down Dong-sung-ro carrying our portable amplifier occasionally stopping to hand out some of our artists editions 마늘쑥. We also took to the subway to make a toilet break and was quite aggressively told to turn off our sound piece by a perturbed security guard. We then made our way to the portrait photographers shop, which now has our portrait displayed in their window, to hand the bewildered photographer a personal “mould museum”.
At one point we managed to gate crash the large street stadium to just pause for photos, consume some small free bottles of soju that we acquired from a street promotion earlier, and smoke some cigarettes, little did we know at the time that smoking is outlawed along Dong-sung-ro. We spent some time sitting amongst the crowd watching a rather rapid and obscure rendition of some kind of talent contest and was abruptly told by a Korean military officer to turn off our sound recording.
later in the day we were absolutely mobbed by members of the public for our 마늘쑥 as they yanked at my satchel and snatched the pots out of our hands, only to look at them with a confused disinterest and attempt to hand them back, and in some cases retrieve our remaining bottles of soju.
What made this performance stand out quite considerably from the Nami Island predecessor is that the Namisun visitors were probably expecting bizarre, eccentric street performances, in the commercial nature of the high street-esque Dong-sung-ro festival, the public were mainly expecting promotional freebies and conventional entertainment.
To round off the day we stopped dead in our tracks and were eventually turned into a photo opportunity for a number of festival visitors, whether genuinly interested or perhaps just to follow suit in the Asian photographic reminiscence demographic, many took their experience home to put pride of place on their mantle piece or promptly electronically bin or forget about.

We decided prior to the performance to not personally document this performance, any photographs featured have been acquired from festival visitors. If you have a picture of Tiger and Bear at Dong-sung-ro festival please don’t hesitate to send them to us, especially any of us on stage.

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Tiger and Bear 호랑이와 곰 go to Nami Island (마늘쑥)

The first Tiger and Bear performance took part from the 28th-29th February 2009 on Nami Island as an unofficial inclusion to INDIFEST-BE-NAMI-BE-FREE. A limited edition of 100 art works were distributed to visitors of the island during the performance. These consisted of small transparent pots each containing an individual clove of garlic, a clipping of mugwort, and a piece of paper with a red ink rubber stamp Nakwon brandishing the Hangol words “곰호랑이” (bear Tiger). Colin (Bear) once described them as “mould museums” which has kind of stuck.
The performance was accompanied by a loud, highly distorted and slightly aggressive sounding sound piece which repeated the phrase “manool sook!’ “마늘쑥” through a portable amplifier, reminiscent of the fruit and veg vans we had encountered upon first arriving in Korea.
Nami Island is a very small island located in Bangha-ri, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si. It takes roughly 10 minutes to walk the whole stretch of the island. There are no roads or cars, however visitors can use various readily available modes of transport to explore the island. Whizzing around on electric scooters or laboriously trudging along on a tandem, we set about attempting to blend in with the crowd and enjoy the ‘visual theme park’ photo opportunity aesthetic experience whilst sharing our commemorative gifts.
By the end of the performance we had fallen in love with the Island and was very sad to leave. We were given official Namisun citizenship in the form of Nami Island passports, and found ourselves taking home two remaining editioned artworks which happen to be labeled #4 and #44, the number 4 is regarded as an unlucky number in Korea.

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Where it all began. Tiger and Bear 호랑이와 곰 performative portraiture.

The first part of the Tiger and Bear project consisted of performative photographs. Performative in the sense that performances were staged primarily for the sake of the documentation, that being photographic finished products. These were executed by approaching random members of the public, exclusively Korean, and asking them to photograph us. It is worth noting that due to the language barrier this was done entirely through body language. We would then don the Tiger and Bear heads and perform a predetermined action, usually specific to the situation or location. This sometimes proved difficult due to the photographer’s persistent gestures for us to smile at the camera. This project had one exception to the method, that being the professional portrait (see above), where we entered the shop wearing the heads and acted in character throughout the whole ordeal. This image was highly manipulated by the photographer through the use of photographic enhancement software, where blemishes were airbrushed and eyes enlarged, so were the heads made more symmetrical and smoother.

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