Seoul Community Radio has launched a new virtual game and exhibition platform, which aims to shine a light on the city’s underground club scene.
The platform, onit.life, launched on March 17 with its first interactive exhibit, titled “A Decade of Parties in Seoul 2010-2020”. Until Wednesday, March 24, users will be able to explore the virtual 3D world within the platform, designed in the style of the iconic Doom video game series. Here they will find photographs, videos and other artifacts related to the changing landscape of Seoul’s underground clubs over the past decade. The exhibit aims to raise awareness of the challenges the scene is facing right now, particularly in the aftermath of COVID-19.
The platform was designed in partnership with Korean developers Nose Studio, and every user will be able to explore it for free for 15 minutes. By leaving the virtual world, users will have the opportunity to make a donation, which will be used to fund similar virtual projects carried out by the community.
The exhibit was recorded by 15 Korean artists, including DJ Bowlcut, Apachi, Yetsuby and Xannex, and will be available from next week. DJ Conan also hosted a special mix for the exhibition, celebrating the sounds that have defined the past 10 years in Seoul’s underground club culture. The photographs in the exhibition are from Korean artists Stillm45, Hansy, Kaipaparazzi, Hyunkeem, Chosen1 and Sung1.
Speaking about the project, Seoul Community Radio co-founder Richard Price said, “With the physical club scene facing a triple threat right now from Covid restrictions, a lack of financial support from the government and societal perceptions. negative, we wanted to create something that was sort of a time capsule of all the positive contributions the community has made to Korea’s reputation as a remarkable nightlife destination.
Step into “A Decade of Celebrations in Seoul 2010-2020” here, or check out a gameplay trailer below.
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