​Pair this talk with Soju Yogurt Cocktail or Soju Lemonade Cocktail, and K-POP corn

To be ARMY—which yes, actually stands for “Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth”—is to be amongst the millions and millions of loyal and passionate fans of BTS, who debuted in June 2013. Since the first lockdown, the K-pop idol group has garnered even more fans, largely in part to their frequent exchanges of visual content and its many meanings with their global fandom. This so-called fan service has had a generative effect, fostering a massive online communal space ripe with collaboration and collective care. Over a special Korean-inspired cocktail, curator Claudia Mattos, writer, curator and public programmer Rea McNamara and writer and photographer Monica Uszerowicz talk bias, fan cams, and #StayConnected hashtags in order to understand what it means to be “Pandemic ARMY,” and how artists, curators and organizations might learn—from a global pop sensation—about connectivity, solidarity, and responsive hybrid on- and offline social experiences.

Claudia Mattos is a curator and art historian based in Miami, Florida. She is the Director at the gallery David Castillo, Miami. Previously, she served as Assistant Curator of Media Arts and Live Events at The Baltimore Museum of Art where she curated exhibitions of works by Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin as well as the art collaborative DIS. She has contributed to exhibitions, curatorial research, and writing at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Curators International, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, and Performa. She earned an MA with distinction in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London; and a BA in Art History and Visual Studies from Cornell University. In 2022, Claudia will be a Researcher-in-Residence at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea.

Rea McNamara is a writer, curator and public programmer based in Toronto. She has curated multidisciplinary projects for The Gardiner Museum, The Wrong Digital Art Biennale, and the Drake Hotel, and founded the limited-run art party series Sheroes (2011-2012), which engaged with the collaborative process of fandom culture through music, performance, installation and internet-based art. Her work has been presented at The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Gallery of Toronto, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and Moogfest. In addition to her curatorial and programming practice, she has written extensively on art, culture, and the internet for frieze, Art in America, Canadian Art, Study Hall, The FADER, Art F City, VICE, NOW Magazine, and more. She is currently the Emily H. Tremaine Journalism Fellow for Curators at Hyperallergic.

Monica Uszerowicz is a freelance writer and photographer based in Miami, Florida. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, The Believer, BOMB, Burnaway, Cultured, Filmmaker Magazine, Hyperallergic, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, Pin-Up, and elsewhere, and her photographs have been exhibited globally. With the support of a 2020 Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, she is currently working on a series of essays about Caribbean and Floridian artists whose work intersects with ecological activism and addresses the effects of climate change.

Pandemic ARMY: Reflecting on BTS’s Parasocial Kinship

by Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

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Sun., June 6, 2021 - 11:00 p.m.UTC - Monday, June 7, 2021 - 12:00 a.m.UTC

​Pair this talk with Soju Yogurt Cocktail or Soju Lemonade Cocktail, and K-POP corn

To be ARMY—which yes, actually stands for “Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth”—is to be amongst the millions and millions of loyal and passionate fans of BTS, who debuted in June 2013. Since the first lockdown, the K-pop idol group has garnered even more fans, largely in part to their frequent exchanges of visual content and its many meanings with their global fandom. This so-called fan service has had a generative effect, fostering a massive online communal space ripe with collaboration and collective care. Over a special Korean-inspired cocktail, curator Claudia Mattos, writer, curator and public programmer Rea McNamara and writer and photographer Monica Uszerowicz talk bias, fan cams, and #StayConnected hashtags in order to understand what it means to be “Pandemic ARMY,” and how artists, curators and organizations might learn—from a global pop sensation—about connectivity, solidarity, and responsive hybrid on- and offline social experiences.

Claudia Mattos is a curator and art historian based in Miami, Florida. She is the Director at the gallery David Castillo, Miami. Previously, she served as Assistant Curator of Media Arts and Live Events at The Baltimore Museum of Art where she curated exhibitions of works by Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin as well as the art collaborative DIS. She has contributed to exhibitions, curatorial research, and writing at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Curators International, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, and Performa. She earned an MA with distinction in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London; and a BA in Art History and Visual Studies from Cornell University. In 2022, Claudia will be a Researcher-in-Residence at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea.

Rea McNamara is a writer, curator and public programmer based in Toronto. She has curated multidisciplinary projects for The Gardiner Museum, The Wrong Digital Art Biennale, and the Drake Hotel, and founded the limited-run art party series Sheroes (2011-2012), which engaged with the collaborative process of fandom culture through music, performance, installation and internet-based art. Her work has been presented at The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Gallery of Toronto, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and Moogfest. In addition to her curatorial and programming practice, she has written extensively on art, culture, and the internet for frieze, Art in America, Canadian Art, Study Hall, The FADER, Art F City, VICE, NOW Magazine, and more. She is currently the Emily H. Tremaine Journalism Fellow for Curators at Hyperallergic.

Monica Uszerowicz is a freelance writer and photographer based in Miami, Florida. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, The Believer, BOMB, Burnaway, Cultured, Filmmaker Magazine, Hyperallergic, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, Pin-Up, and elsewhere, and her photographs have been exhibited globally. With the support of a 2020 Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, she is currently working on a series of essays about Caribbean and Floridian artists whose work intersects with ecological activism and addresses the effects of climate change.

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