Seminar II - Jiyon Kim
The second seminar of DOOSAN Curator Workshop was directed by the independent curator Jiyon Kim, under the theme ‘commissioned curating.’ The scope of issues for the curator to consider expands in projects that involve many interests. In this seminar, the participants discussed diverse circumstances from what could be done to what situations should be avoided, and explored the role of the curator.
The first exhibition examined in the seminar was Haein Art Project (2013), which was the second project to be conducted after 2012. Many contemporary artists including Shilpa Gupta, Suknam Yoon, Kyoungwoo Cheon and Mioon, etc., participated in the project under the subject ‘spirit,’ reflecting in their works the spatial conditions of the cultural asset Haeinsa Temple, located in the Gayasan National Park.
Art Busan (2014) and Chungwon Sculpture Biennale (2014) were also examined, introducing the various ways in which the organizer can make decisions in the limitations of time and space. The Jirisan Project, based on attributes of such commissioned planning, was organized with the objective of transforming the paths in Jirisan Mountain into an art project. Continued as a series starting with Jirisan Project 2014: Universe Art Zip to Jirisan Project 2015: Cosmic Walk and Jirisan Project 2016: Cosmic Women, curators have been coming together in the project without a specific budget with the objective to realize their desires.
The seminar also invited the participants to share their experiences in many projects such as The Korean Craft: Human, Place, History (2015), hosted by Korean Cultural Center, Gtummo in Nakwon (2015) held at Nakwon Plaza, and the recent project Jeju Biennale (2017). The seminar offered an opportunity to think and talk about unexpected situations that can arise outside of the projects at art museums or cultural spaces, and the appropriate attitude and function of the organizers in such contexts.