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Thanks to a virtual exhibit, fans of K-pop group BTS can feel like they’re at a concert of one of the biggest groups in the world. Korea: Cubically Imagined aims to bring creative Korean content to the public through immersive exhibits, including ones with BTS and the Oscar-winning film Parasite. The seven-member group will not be in attendance, but through technology fans will feel close to them.

BTS, featured in Korea: Cubically Inspired, pose at the Map of the Soul Persona press conference
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‘BTS MAP OF THE SOUL ON:E’ in 360 degrees is one of 16 exhibits at ‘Korea: Cubically Imagined’

Running through May 14, Korea: Cubically Imagined utilizes virtual reality technology to bring BTS to lucky fans in New York City. In 2020, RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook performed a virtual concert called BTS MAP OF THE SOUL ON:E.

According to Tech News Wire, the exhibit “reproduced” the concert “with augmented and virtual reality technologies that provide a 360-degree view in a cube surrounded by LED screens.”

The songs “Dope” and “DNA” are featured in the exhibit. 

More BTS content can be found in the art piece “Beyond the Scene,” a mural that “reinterprets BTS’ designer movements.” Besides, BTS, Korea: Cubically Imagined exhibit contains 14 other immersive installations representing Korean culture.

A reproduction of the ‘Parasite’ set is part of ‘Korea: Cubically Imagined’

While K-pop has become more well-known in America in recent years, feature films have won major awards. Oscar-winning Korean film, Parasite is featured in the exhibit. A replica of one of the sets from director Bong Joon-ho’s film is part of the many interactive events attendees can experience up close. 

The Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism are responsible for the event. The text on the ticketing page described the event as an “immersive environment” connecting “digital technologies such as 3D, AI, and 5G with new spatial dimensions including AR, VR, and Metaverse.”

“By bringing together different genres and stories with the help of technology, each presentation aims to explore new dimensions of human creativity.”

KOCCA said “We hope the exhibition will be an opportunity for visitors to have a unique experience with groundbreaking works by Korean creatives that are powered by new technologies. KOCCA will continue to support creative minds for diverse content creation and build a mutual network for future collaboration.”

How to get tickets to see the BTS exhibit at ‘Korea: Cubically Imagined’

The exhibit will run through May 14th at Chelsea Industrial (549 West 28th Street.) The event is free, but each person must reserve a spot on their own. Group orders will not be honored. 

To reserve space, head to Eventbrite. After New York, the exhibition will move to Washington DC from May 27 to June 9. Before New York, the exhibition was shown in Paris, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Beijing.

Organizers hope to continue to bridge the cultural gap between east and west. 

“This exhibition generates new narratives by transcending outdated boundaries between East and West, tradition and innovation, music and movies, art and architecture, and past and future, reminding us to consider the common values of humanity based on Korea’s historical, cultural, and social heritage.”


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