Friday, October 25, 2013
Blouin Art Info
Douglas Park, an artist/writer hybrid, brings his unique brand of art philosophy to Seoul in a city-wide festival hosted by Kim Kim Gallery — a moving gallery equally difficult to pigeon-hole that is part collective, part institution — through November.
The Douglasism Festival has invited 50 artists from Europe and South Korea to participate in a multidisciplinary event that includes seminars, experimental film screenings, performances, and exhibitions. Douglasism is a particular brand of Park’s ideology that maintains a pragmatic approach to the evolving relationship between art and society, focusing on human connections.
Though somewhat sycophantically named after the artist, the concept can be commended for its collaborative, communal outlook that seeks to revive the idea of artist groups in an era of hyper-individuality. The term itself was first used by London-based collective Decima, during a 2005 event that celebrated Park’s birthday.
Following this, involved in the festival are some of Korea’s most interesting independent outposts such as Gagarin Bookshop and Takeout Drawing (an artist residency and gallery-café), alongside Seoul-based artists like Dirk Fleischmann and Lee Sang-gil.
Upcoming events to see include a lecture by Sumi Kang on November 8 at Seoul Art Cinema, which will focus on the importance of balance and measure of language in art.
The theater, one of BLOUIN ARTINFO’s top alternative cinema picks, will also screen experimental shorts from November 8 to 10. Works by Anthony Gross, Jan Mast, Michelle Naismith, Mark Aerial Waller, and The Collective Marcel will be shown alongside others. Most of the participants in the festival are long-time collaborators with Park.
Kim Kim Gallery first opened in 2008 in Glasgow’s Market Gallery, and has since held shows and events in Berlin, Daegu, and Seoul.
The festival runs through November. For a more detailed schedule of events, visit the website.- See more at: http://enkr.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/975339/douglasism-unites-european-korean-artists#sthash.LxuNIZk2.dpuf
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