Parking Lot Project
"Parking Lot Project" at
Artsonje provides an alternative space for people who wish
to intermingle with truly liberated art forms from strict
museum spaces. Rather than turning the parking lot into a
conventional exhibition space, the project escapes the conventional
idea of "formal parking lot" and "formal exhibition
space" to create a new space where "ordinary"
meets "art." The Parking Lot Project, which is held
at Artsonje's underground parking lot, showcases about 1 -
2 events per year, and has offered a space for scouting new
artists and for experimenting with various projects of innovative
methods. It has also been noted for providing a multicultural
space of performances, parties, and just pure fun.
Project I - Animation
1999. 2. 13 ~ 4. 11
This project depicts works by 6 young artists (Beom Kim, Dongi
Lee, Yong-suk Chun, Chang-jun Lee, Sujin Chung, and Eun-jung
Hwang) whose animation works emancipate themselves from institutional
power and establishment, and oppose the gravity of real life
through comic sensitivity. In addition to the exhibition,
it showcases performances by art rock groups such as "Shin-hye
Hwang Band" and "DJ Dalparhan Ki-young Kang"
as well as "Costume Play Party."
Project II - No-Parking
1999. 6. 25 ~ 8. 22
The second Parking Lot Project titled No-Parking deals with
issues relating to prohibition and censorship that still exists
in ordinary life and today's art. This event involves about10
artists, such as Na-young Kim, Sora Kim, Uil Lee, Tae-jun
Hyun, Hwal-min Park among others, and holds such events as
saxophone performances and comic dialogues.
Project III - HoBuHoHyung
1999. 12. 22 ~ 2000. 1. 30
HoBuHoHyung exhibition, curated by Geum-su Choi, was
originally created as a part of the '98 Independent Art Festival
before it came to Artsonje. The exhibition attempts to approach
mainstream sensitivity of South Korea alongside the Inde-culture,
which has been active in other genres, by breaking away from
the already-established, fixed ideas with its numerous graphical
Projects IV - Soup : Research on Tenacity and Obsession
2000. 3. 17 ~ 5. 14
The artist Bul Lee chose 6 young artists: Sang-gil Kim, Ki-eun
Baik, Zie Nam, Han-hyung Yoo, Jinu Sohn, and Jia Chang, to
curate a show that falls right in the notion of the Parking
Lot Project. Besides food, the word "soup" can connote
"deep exploration" and/or "research."
Thus, the exhibition depicts aspects on tenacity and obsession,
and investigates new possibilities away from the instability
of self and subject.
Project V Hyun-mi Yoo : "Fire, Addiction, Wind"
2002. 9. 7 10. 6
By utilizing cold air, fire images, and the fragrance and
images of perfumes, Hyun-mi Yoo's installation works provides
transitory, surreal experiences by uniting complex yet different
(visual, olfactory, and tactile) sensations together.
Project VI - buffering
2003. 12. 13 ~12. 28
Buffering is a systematic tool used in transmitting and downloading
data on internet in order to control the speed level even
by absorbing the difference in speed between sender and receiver,
and momentarily holding the data in the meantime. That means,
buffering, similar to a filter needed to receive something
of a more full and dense substance, is in a constant process
of 'becoming' something other than itself. The participating
artists demonstrate examples of ongoing collaboration, which
reflects their much flexible and open attitude to someone
else's aesthetic identity, to be put in the context of the
exhibition title, an attitude of 'becoming' , that is, an
attitude of buffering. The state of becoming is literally
a state before reaching the state of 'being' something, and
it can enjoy the dual aspects of aiming to reach the state
of accomplished, and at the same time, restraining from being