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Diving (Group1)

Stargazing (Group2)

Public Art (Group3)

Jeju is a museum of Contemporary Art without a roof
-Imagine public art/public space in Jeju old and original city center-

Background
The sea surrounding Jeju is not only a work place but also a playground to Haenyeo (Women divers). This sea, where they hold their breath and dive, is a place to earn a living by risking their life. However, they have the privilege of finding valuable seafood and feeling happiness by gathering it.

A work place and a playground for Jeju artists’ is Jeju island itself. It could be the sea, or any place within Jeju island. However, Jeju has not established enough infrastructure which may satisfy the artists’ artistic imagination.

Then, what kind of suggestions could be proposed to sustain the activities of artists living on Jeju Island? If suggested proposals are implemented and artists are able to fulfil their imagination without hindrance, what would artists be able to visualize and produce? GYCF Group 3 presumed that artists working in Jeju Island are similar to Haenyeo. And places for artists are similar to gathering seafood in the sea. Try to imagine transforming a place into a work of art or a hideout for artists. No area constraint on their imagination, it could be conducted not only in a building, but also a village unit, park unit, or even all of the Jeju island.
Suggestions from artists
I conducted an interview with several local artists to ask most required public supports for them. The artists gave very practical and specific requests not like hosting great exhibitions or building a museum supported by public finance.
  • Artists need diverse visual materials, both domestic and foreign, for artists draw their inspiration from. Within the artistic community, libraries with visual materials are an urgent need, so that artists can share ideas and continue their works. Furthermore, they can share unaffordable materials such as exhibition books of other artists over the world. it would help to increase the overall quality in the cultural field.
  • Artists need to be able to share high-priced equipment, that they would otherwise not be able to buy, that is necessary for their work and exhibition. Examples include, cutting machines and delivery trucks. In addition to the equipment, a designated place in which to use this equipment is also necessary. They do not want it to be hard to borrow the equipment, instead a process similar to borrowing from a fellow artist or a school.
  • Artists need public storage. It does not matter whether it is temporary. Artists who do have a workroom (working at home) do not have place to keep their works after exhibitions. Even for artists who do have their workroom, it is a burden for them to keep all of the artworks in their home. They need a public storage space where they can store their artworks. Especially, in the Jeju environment, in which works easily mold or rust, public storage is the most needed facility for artists. not
  • Sharing artist pool: Contact information should be collected from people of many professions such as artists, planners, photographers, translators, designers, and/or curators. These people are all needed to hold exhibitions or events. Artists need a database system in which they can contact their peers for professional use. However, if raw data is collected, but not formed into a database, then the information is useless. Therefore, it should be a platform that people can use easily and freely, that provides the necessary contacts to hold exhibitions and serves as a networking space. Since it is hard for artists to only to stay within Jeju Island, we need to provide accommodations, such as residency, as an incentive to bring artists to Jeju. Doing so, these artists will operate a residence program. Not bringing artists to Jeju to run residencies, but to expand the network of artists working in Jeju.
    By gathering diverse opinions, it seems that they need a co-working space or co-art space, which can solve these problems. With demand of artists, we need a facility that is free to use and serves as a multi-use space that can be changed to working room, meeting room, storage, exhibition room, library, or residency for artists. This does not end in temporary event or exhibition, as furnishing basic necessary facility to artists. By identifying problems and solving them during the process, local culture will be enriched from the resulting artworks. Let Jeju original city center serve as a place that is provided as a co-working space, and inside, researching what kind of library, storage, working place do we want to realize, and trying to transform the artist’s imagination into a video.
Action
Each mentee will take videos or pictures, and edit the videos or create a collage with pictures. Mentees can imagine the work of their favorite artists or a public work of art that he/she would like to recreate in their own style, or apply their own creative work to some places or the town. Participants who are already artists can just imagine their private exhibition in a booth that is installed during the forum. You can ask local people or local artists about their opinion of facilities needed for artists and build them artistically. A video that includes a process of researching, communicating with local people, and the imagination of all the results will be uploaded to YouTube. The purpose of the program is to assist in the art-making process; therefore, the works that result are result of the workshop.

The plan is to have each team consists of one local mentee and one foreign mentee. We will have 7 teams. In pre-meeting, participants will be trained in how to edit YouTube, and 2 group leaders who will have already started local research will foster motivation among participants by telling them the foreign mentees and mentees from out of Jeju about the work that has already been completed.

Director Kim, Bori will instruct a session on how to edit video, an important part of the workshop, making the forum productive. We will use an intermediate course video to advertise in SNS or on YouTube instructed by Mentor Kim, Jieun. We are designing a dynamic forum by having the process of the workshop become the fruitful result of the forum.
Schedule
10/4 or 10/5. Local mentees will be given an orientation to learn youtube-video editing skills by Director Kim, Bori.

Middle of October. Pre-examination on all video-editing skills will be conducted. Local mentors Yangkura and Kidai will have their own exhibition on 1st and 2nd October in Jeju. I, with two team leaders, will film the exhibition and edit in the way we are teaching mentees. The edited video clip is supposed to be completed within a couple of weeks.

Oct. 30 (Tue) Oct. 31 (Wed) Nov. 1 (Thu) Nov. 2 (Fri) Nov. 3 (Sat) Nov. 4 (Sun)

Morning

Introductions

Afternoon

Decide sub-groups

Morning

Research Space

Artist’s Walk Way

Afternoon

Activity by groups

Morning

Research Space

Chilseong-ro

Topdong

Activity by groups

Afternoon

Activity by groups

Morning

Activity by groups

Afternoon

Activity by groups

Morning

Activity by groups

Afternoon

Finalize proposals

Morning

Prepare presentation

Afternoon

Presentation final
idea proposal