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B-boying, a form of hip-hop dancing, has become a phenomenon in Korea. Despite its introduction almost 20 years later than in the U.S., B-boying is now not only sweeping Korean culture but Korean dancers are dominating the world’s B-boying scene. In fact, Korean B-boys have won the championship titles in several world-level competitions from 2002 to 2007. Moreover, B-boying has begun to be considered a serious artform in Korea. Korea Tourism Organization selected a B-boying musical performance as one of the 6 performances that are representative of Korean performing arts, while leaving out numerous blockbuster performances and Korean traditional performances. The presenter attributes this remarkable phenomenon to the advent of Audience 2.0 via the highly-developed IT environment in Korea. With the focus on Audience 2.0, this session will explore how foreign culture became popularized in Korea, influenced the world in turn, and eventually became successfully institutionalized in the Korean arts scene. Created by WoongJo Chang for the 2008 Technology in the Arts: Canada Conference.