WITHIN WAR / WITHOUT WAR:
Art of Dongducheon & the Struggle Against Empire
Friday, May 9th, 7:00-9:00 pm
@ AiCenter: 243 Grand St, 2nd flr [near Bowery Ave]
A PUBLIC FORUM BY NODUTDOL [NYC] FOR KOREAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
W/ INSA ART SPACE IAS [SEOUL], ORGANIZERS OF THE UPCOMING EXHIBITION
‘DONGDUCHEON: A WALK TO REMEMBER, A WALK TO ENVISION’
AT THE NEW MUSEUM FROM MAY 8 TO JUNE 29, 2008.
The discussion will explore the south Korean town of Dongducheon-home to the U.S. 2nd infantry division for the past fifty years- as a case study in autonomous local resistance to state hegemony, nationalism, and neoliberal development. The conversation will seek to connect people’s struggles against empire here and abroad, from Korea to Iraq.
Present at this forum will be the invited artists with featured work in the IAS exhibition—Sangdon KIM, KOH Seung Wook, RHO Jae Oon, and Siren Eun Young Jung—and examine the role of art in raising questions and in engaging a community. As part of the New Museum’s ‘Museum as Hub’ initiative, a partnership of five art organizations from around the world, IAS’ collaborative project seeks to introduce and locate Dongducheon in an international language and structure, bringing attention to the town’s current sociopolitical situation, which has long existed in the shadows of alienation, silence, and misunderstanding.
INSA ART SPACE [IAS] of the Arts Council Korea [ARKO] is a non-commercial public institution dedicated to supporting, engaging, and commissioning discursive and artistic projects by cultural producers. As one of major cultural initiatives funded by public funds in Korea, IAS has served as a project space, production agent, and discursive site for cultural producers of diverse fields through various programs: workshops, archives, publications, independent media distribution, and exhibitions. The key concerns in building and operating IAS projects are:
– supporting the artist in the production process
– sustaining the value of publicness as a creative, productive, counter-capitalistic agency
– engaging in the empirical research of theories in everyday life
– maintaining the tension between the preservation and transformation of local identity
For more information, contact uni park: firstname.lastname@example.org, 646 359 1681