My Wednesday was a time well-spent with my ever-smiling and non-stop chatter friend, Ingrid. As we are both stay-at-home moms whose free time is dependent on our husbands’ and sons’ schedule, our perfect area to explore is the Digital Media Center (DMC). After-all, we are DMC neighbors!
It was a freezing day last Wednesday so we opted not to do the nature walk that we originally planned. Korea is still under the cold wave… ughhh! This is the beauty of DMC, Sangam-dong. We live in Korea’s Silicon Valley on one side balanced by nature well-utilized and maintained on the other side of the road where we can enjoy beautiful sunsets and children can explore nature. We randomly chose a resto for lunch (we’ll never go back there again! Expensive!), spent some time at the DMC Gallery where one could learn how DMC was developed starting from the development of Nouel and Haneul Parks that were once landfills. They are now go-to places especially during the Fall season. Clever and amazing how this area came about. Political will and pride for one’s country! Then we moved on and passed by the CJ E&M Bldg. Then curiosity got the better of us upon seeing this:
Definitely an eye candy!
We knew we wanted to get in! And just imagine our joy when we learned we could get in for free. The place is actually open for everyone.
We learned that the place is called the Creative Center for Convergence Culture (CCCC). It’s going to be a year old this February 11. Rather than me rewriting what the place is all about, I am sure CCCC’s brochure would accurately say it:
CCCC is media giant CJ Entertainment’s collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as their way of supporting the government’s thrust to put into the forefront Korea’s start-ups and Korea’s creative economy.
We stayed for awhile at the Creative Lounge and got perked up by these:
These are attention-grabbing boxes piled up at the left side of the Creative Lounge. This space can hold lectures, showcase and networking events.
The display at the Memory and History brings us back in time. Unlike our children today, we grew up with most of these video and audio media. My sons will just have to check in museums to be able to see these:-).
Indeed, we could only move and fly forward to higher heights if we value the strengths of the past. It’s a very interesting collage of media equipment.
Going up to the second floor, you wouldn’t miss these large Perpetual Mirror Blinkers by the highly-esteemed artist Hong SungChul.
For Moms-of-boys like Ingrid and I, there’s no way we couldn’t take notice of this hallway adorned by Legos. So much work put into these. Admirable! This is really a lab of imagination. Legos are the building blocks of concretized ideas.
Immediately after the end of the lego-adorned wall is the Motion Studio.
The Motion Studio is where motions are digitalized through a high tech motion capture system. For someone not inclined to this kind of media, this was honestly intimidating for me. I have high respects for these creators who make it easy for us visually.
At the farthest end of the hallway is the Sound Lab where recording and audio dubbing are done with the latest technology. Also available for free use for creative talents are musical instruments.
I think government and private entity support is so overwhelming. Who can’t thrive in an environment like this?
Then there’s this space I call my personal haven. The Craft Lab!
Just looking at all those materials at the Craft Lab makes me want to hurriedly get my own little craft set at home and start working on little projects that calm my spirit.
Of course, the place is not just for busy hands. Little corners and long tables await for brainstorming. Or an alone-time for reading…. Or even blogging.
The place also boasts of a 150-inch screen inside its Screening Lab. This space is designed for showcasing one’s creative works. How I wish we could have film showing here. That would be really fantastic!
Also check out this Hologram at the 2nd floor. The lady at the reception specifically told us to watch this presentation. This will be an interesting time for my kiddos when I bring them one of these days!
This place is one “Life Style Hub” I would love to frequent. You can feel its energy, its dynamism! It invigorates.
It was a Wednesday afternoon of good discovery. And it was an afternoon of positive energy. Just the way I like it!