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Art lovers, this one’s for you. Make the most of your time indoors and embark on a virtual multi-sensorial project like no other. Now’s your chance to get lost in the intriguing vibrancy of the contemporary art scene in Seoul with No Space, Just A Place, curated by Myriam Ben Salah at the Daelim Museum, Seoul. By Bayar Jain
Powered by Gucci, and inspired by the complex history of independent and alternative art spaces in Seoul, No Space, Just A Place is designed to make you think. Challenging the norms of the ‘space’ and attempting to define “the other space” – possibly a desirable future with new ways for humans to relate to each other and to their surroundings – this multi-layered project is curated by Myriam Ben Salah. Although a selection of independent art spaces have been invited to exhibit at the Daelim Museum across its three floors, a thread of contemplating utopian places set to new empowering narratives bind them together. The emphasis on sociological bent of mind radiates in every inch with artworks which dwell on the understanding of otherness, the exploration of minoritarian identities and queer politics.
Historically, in Seoul, independent and alternative art spaces have remained hidden from the general societal purview, often finding themselves relegated to areas like rundown storefronts and warehouses. In the 1990s, however, Seoul witnessed a growing number of projects that engaged in the practice of critically questioning this art ecosystem. No Space, Just a Place aims to bring the spotlight on this ideology of ‘alternativeness’.
To paint an image of this ideology, independent art spaces of the Daelim Museum – Audio Visual Pavilion, Boan1942, d/p, Hapjungjigu, OF, Post Territory Ujeongguk, space illi, Space One, Tastehouse, White Noise – will each present a project on this theme, including the works of several artists. Irrespective of which art space you find yourself gravitating towards, it’s sure to get your cognitive wheels rolling.
To get an in-depth idea of the various art installations, click here.
To explore the exhibit virtually accessible through a 360° clickable video, click here.