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Seongbuk Art Commons Jeju Museum of Art

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Seongbuk Art Commons is a group of artists who work at Seongbuk, Seoul. They have constructed a pavilion which consists of works that are about tourism as industry, tourist island Jeju, and also looking back at Seongbuk as a tourist art village. Tourism is already deeply embedded in our daily lives. Jeju and Seongbuk are both places that deal with the same issues on the bright and dark sides of tourism. Tourism as an industry tries to bring in more tourists to the site by reproducing fantasy and techniques of luring the crowd. Tourism is like a show and a game, and art works by artists meet the world through a show. Artists are gamers that meet the world through preparing their games, and Jeju and Seongbuk as tourist sites are a big gameboard. Here, we are faced with a game to encounter a game, and have created a game that can replace a mundane ordinary day. The name of the game holds both the bright and dark sides of tourism, and is called Lucky/Sad/Picture/Show.

Harim Kim has been interested in personal history (story) which is highly related to objects and place and make, write and pile up something. Objects left in each of their place and share time and body in a limited space capture her eyes. She sometimes recalls moments that she has been stuck in the movement of leaving and arriving while watching something that will be potentially disappear. When she meets the scene that captures her eyes, she takes pictures and starts to draw just like she tries to save scenes in her mind.

Hye Min Park had solo exhibitions in Korea and the UK including Space CAN in 2016 and Song Eun Art Space in 2012 and participated in group exhibitions at Sangsangmadang in 2015, Song Eun Art Space in 2015 and Busan Cultural Center in 2012, etc.

Bac Ho Un tries to look into problems which are caused by language using installation of text, modification of object and photo collage. He had hosted solo exhibitions dealing with problomatic languages of contemporary Korean society and inconvenience caused by language in foreign contries. She had participated in <Black out> exhibition as a co-organizer and an artist at the same time in 2012. Apart from those exhibitions she had various exhibitions and had participated in diverse artists residence programme.

Spoid is a project group consist of 2 designers and has wanted to capture visual enjoyment from daily life since 2015. Spoid tries to capture trivial values in our every life and describe those values in our living space. With more subtle and delicate sensitivity they discribe various patterns alongside of our daily life. Spoid recognise the value of patterns naturally made by people and capture beauty in our daily life as it is. Through those works they film patterens and archive with address.

Jeong examines the essense of dificiency which will never be solved using objects of glass, water, fog, light and sound. He graduated from Ecole Superieure Des Arts Decoratifs and get popularity from people as he has participated in Strasbourg's glass Biennale and In-Sonora festival. Ever since he gone back to his country in 2010, he countinuously has presented artwork at various cities including Seoul.

Han Soong Hoon majored in media art and used to work in film industry. He is also doing research on fields of 3D stereopsis, VR and holography, media-facade with media works. He is working with artists from various fields like drawing, installation and choreography without any boundaries. He is running a D’roll: Media ART and Film company and mainly deals with topics about affection towards walkways and space in Seoul.

UBAC.SB Architects & Associates + Jeju
Kwon Woongkyu, Lee Hyunsik, Lee Jeonghwan + Kang Sangyoung
UBAC.SB Architects & Associates + Jeju is group of architects who aims to find new ways, thinking seriously about solutions, based on architecture's public character and architect's social role. Putting locality in the center and through detailed observation on various culture, art, history and livelihood. Recently they have taken park in Jeongneung riverside public design project, Yeonamdong commerical space project which considers locality, Hyochang multi-unit houses project for local community, The Korean Horse Affairs Association Jungmun ticket office renovation, new construction for Jeju-si local circular center, construction of Korean Horse Affairs Association's Let's Run horse riding and healing center expansion.

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Jeju Biennale x Seongbuk
LuckySadPictureShow: GameXGame

The term 'tourism' that we are discussing now is tourism as industry, not personal entertainment. Tourism as an industry started in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries, and is intertwined with the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, and foreign preferences. The Tourism industry is closely related to every field of economy, culture, arts and society, and is deeply embedded in our daily life. Complicated and multi-layered issues toward tourism create both light and dark sides. The presence of these two sides makes it possible to gather public opinions, and also a need for discussion. Considering tourism as an industry, Jeju as a tourist island and Seongbuk, a tour & art village, Jeju and Seongbuk share problems that is dealing with issues that derive from the coexistence of tourism's light and dark sides.
Tourism is a show and at the same time, a game.
Tourism has a huge influence on our lives in a wide range of areas, but it is different from daily life. It exists within everyday life, but it needs to be distinguished from daily life itself. In other words, it is necessary to distinguish the power of influence, simultaneousness and essence of tourism. The essence of tourism comes to the point that many things are utilized to promote consumption of goods. Tourism uses 'discrimination' and 'difference' technically to reproduce an exotic utopian 'fantasy'. Tourism can be seen as a very elaborate theme park that makes it easy to recognize virtuality. Games are based on fantasy, but fantasy is a reality when you get into the game.
We are trying to enjoy a new type of game on a game board called tourism.
Artists' works meet the world through shows. Artists can be regarded as gamers who prepare shows together with the world. On a game board called Jeju, an island of tourism and tour & art village Seongbuk, we prepare a game to meet a game not a daily life and suggests alternative everyday life for the audience.
The game called 'LuckySadPictureShow'

Director: Kim Woongkie (Director of CO-OP ARTPLUG, Seongbuk Art Commons Director)
Collaborating Curator : Kim Sowon (Curator of Seongbuk Young Art Space, Seongbuk Cultural Foundation / Seongbuk Art Commons Head Curator)
Assistant Curator: Bang Yejin
Intern: Jang Yeryeong

Kim Harim
I have been born and raised in Seoul but because I have only lived within the boundaries of the community I have lived in the complex city of Seoul is still unfamiliar to me. I haven't been to Seongbuk until I was an adult, and I only found out about this place when I made my identification card. I found out that it was my place of birth, and Samsundong was where our family history began. I started to listen to 'the story of this city', on what people say about this Seongbuk by inviting people who had connections to this place. I met a total of six participants and heard stories of six different places that has personal memory. What the participants remembered of each location rotated aroung people and incidents. And during our conversation we found clues to each place. I made notes, pictures and maps that would act as directions to the actual places that appeared in the stories and experiences the participants talked about. By following the clues that were made the tour of Seongbuk situated in the unfamiliar city Seoul was ready.

Park Hyemin
This work is about the meeting between people that we meet everyday, who make a living in the city. Also apart from the image the city projects it is about the memories and relationships contained in each story. It is about observing the phenomenon we face everyday and the existing structure and discovering the social gap within them, and in turn communicating through visual language. My work encourages people's participation through false reenactment of daily spaces and performances that crosses over between the real and unreal.

Bac Houn
I am surprised and embarrassed. What a surprise to read this phrase "We love having you here." On my way departing Jeju International Airport I encounter a signboard in three foreign languages that welcomes tourists. Amongst the languages the English language was the only one I could read and this sentence was there. I thought about how people welcome each other. What kind of people are "we"? And furthermore the word "love" felt even more empty than the word "we". For a long time the greeting sentence of 114 "We love you customer" was an issue. Suddenly this came to my mind. Perhaps it was originally an impossible task to place meaning to words. However we need to use words. I decided to used these conditions and make something visual. And the empty signboard got filled with letters.

Autumn 2015, at Seongbukgu Seoul, I carried out a work taking photographs of 66 different types of patterns that can be found in the area, and recorded the patterns with the address of the area the pattern was collected. Through this project I made Spuiiit goods made of cotton and paper, where parts of the photographed patterns were applied. These patterns were printed, applied to the space in the best way, and products such as postcards, cushions, canvas frames, clocks, coasters and pouches were produced.

Jeong Kyop
Seongbukdong is my spiritual home. I started to live here again after I got older, and even though I do not live there anymore I still very often visit there. Seongbukcheon(stream) is already covered, the old houses are no longer there and the area is now filled with villas. The real estate control officers have come all the way to the poor hillside village Bukjeong. Seongbuk can be seen as a place that makes a big deal of the area as a cultural arts area and a museum. This is because in Seongbuk there are historical figures and artists scattered around the whole area. Anyway, one fine sunny day I took the wrong road to Han Yong-un's Simujang from the Venerable Beopjeong's Gilsangsa Temple. I couldn't carry on walking as I I observed with dopey eyes what was in front of me. There, a ruin that seemed to have been stopped in the time frame. At Seongbuk where there is a large gap between the poor and the rich, I have to neglect all culture, art and history. The media encourages all the desires and various tasty food, poverty and war all becomes a street of pornography. I would like to show this place which has beome a ruin, and show it how it is in reality. Therefore these places are depicted into manufactured package tour postcards, and the small alleyways that nobody visits are shown.

Han Soonghoon
An action that photographs certain movements of a place is about stitching up disappearing memory and distortion. This is getting into the body and making ways for new memories. There is a need for a direction map to remember clearly the memory of tourism. This is the same with photography and video. The memory direction map is like a constellation that would save us from the biological distortion of memories. Through these direction guides, the parts that had been forgotten and remembered and memory is revived. The incidents that happen in 'Seongbuk' and 'Jeju' are interpreted by artists, and through their works other aspects that were blinded by industrial tourism can be seen. The boundary between the real and unreal can be discovered by the following: the landscapes that we easily go past in our repeated daily lives can be reviewed again by bringing them into an unfamiliar space and observing them through an unfamiliar perspective.

UBAC.SB Architects & Associates + Jeju
Kwon Woongkyu, Lee Hyunsik, Lee Jeonghwan + Kang Sangyoung
When we experience a strange place and a strange city, we get ourselves lost, we look into other people's lives, and we experience new things from what we encounter. The pavilion is a place that is familiar but also an unfamiliar place for visitors. The whole wall is made of thin fabric that hangs and through this we can see the movement of visitors, and visitors can see each others movement. Jeju Biennales theme is spatially interpreted through the actions that we encounter in this unfamiliar space.

  • Kim Harim, <Unfamiliar_SB series>, 2017, Installation, dimensions variable
  • Park Hyemin, <Under a Bright Moon Seongbuk>, 2017, Single channel video, 6'51"
  • Spuiiit, <Seongbuk-gu Seongbuk-ro Seoul>, Digital print, dimensions variable
  • Bac Houn, <WELCOME>, 2017, Mixed media_40x200x8.6cm
  • Jeong Kyop, <Seongbuk Romance>, 2017, Postcard, 18x12cm
  • Han Soonghoon, <Appropriative landscape>, 2017, 2 channel video, left)3' 32", right)11' 23"
  • UBAC.SB Architects & Associates + Jeju
  • Kwon Woongkyu, Lee Hyunsik, Lee Jeonghwan + Kang Sangyoung
  • 2017, Pavilion, dimensions variable