New photos added to the KIU/PCA&D photography exchange

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Once a month, students at Kyungil University (KIU) in Daegu, South Korea, and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, are asked an open-ended question that students at both institutions will then answer through photographs.

If My Dinner Table Had Eyes

This semester, the first open question the students were to answer through their photography was “If My Dinner Table Had Eyes. See their answers at http://kiu-pcad.tumblr.com.  The photographs on this blog are the result of a cultural exchange between digital imaging students studying at Kyungil University in South Korea and the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in the United States.

Photo by Yoonho Lee / KIU

Photo by Yoonho Lee / KIU

Inititiated by Professor Paul Choe, Kyungil University (KIU), and Professor Eric Weeks, PCA&D, the goal is for the photography students from the two cultures to learn about each other through photography, while also gaining an understanding of the communicative power of the medium.

The exchange blog benefits PCA&D students because they learn how images can communicate their opinions and experiences to other cultures through social media on the internet. Eric Weeks believes that the students are often surprised by how much the two cultures have in common.

Last semester, the students interpreted “When I’m 64,” in a post curated by retiring PCA&D professor Chris Welsh. Other prompts have included “Reality Only Exists In The Mind,” “One Mind” and “Hidden Meaning.” The blog was started in 2011.