11th Gwangju Biennale
2. 9. – 6. 11. 2016
Korea

Infra-School

Infra-School, GB11’s lecture and seminar series, is driven by some of the core ideas behind the Biennale such as connecting dots, embeddedness, and the importance of the practice of mediation. Infra-School consists of lectures, presentations, group discussions, seminars, and special programs such as video screenings, led by its artists and curators as well as the collective organization of conferences, colloquia, and fora. It is a program in which the Biennale connects its curatorial and artistic knowledge to the existing formal and informal educational institutions in Gwangju and beyond.

Instead of establishing a new, independent educational arm, Infra-School taps into existing educational institutions in both Gwangju and Seoul, and intends to multiply connections and expand relations between them. In doing so it hopes to embed the Biennale in the ecosystem of art in Gwangju and beyond, such that the mutual benefits and interdependence between different entities can further grow and strengthen. By joining forces with various educational platforms in Gwangju, the Biennale hopes to further amplify and highlight the agency of those who will shape the future through learning, research, and speculation.


SNUAC-Gwangju Biennale Workshop
GB11 Infra-School program

Concrete Responses: What Does Art Do?

Tuesday 1 November 11:00-18:00
Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, Geosigi Hall



The workshop “Concrete Responses: What Does Art Do?” gather scholars, GB participating artists and curators, and other cultural producers to share articulating responses to the question, “what does art do?” a leading question for the GB11. It will focus on the (socially) mediating role of art against the concrete backdrop of its exhibition and other integral activities, especially in the context of Asian society and culture. By doing so, it would also make an occasion for evaluating the achievements of the Gwangju Biennale and projecting its future paths.

The workshop is co-organized by the Seoul National University Asia Center (NorthEast Asia Center) and the Gwangju Biennale as part of Infra School program of Gwangju Biennale 2016.


Program

Part 1 Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall
11:00-14:00


11:00-11:50
at GB Exhibition Hall: Gathering at Gallery 1 Entrance
What Does Art Do? / Maria Lind (2016 GB Artistic Director) & Binna Choi (2016 GB Curator)

13:00-14:00
at GB Exhibition Hall: Gallery 1 at the Nokdu Bookstore
How Do Art and Society Encounter / Keunsik Jung (Prof. Sociology, Seoul National University)
Discussion: Maria Lind (2016 GB Artistic Director)

Part 2 Gwangju Biennale Geosigi Hall
14:10-18:00


14:10-16:00
Moderator: Yunjeong Joo (SNUAC)
Arts and Coding / Bo-Seon Shim (Kyung Hee Cyber University)
Object, Human and the Art / Dong-Shin Lee (SNU)
Summary Trial and Final Judgment / Hong Joong Kim (SNU)
Discussion: Binna Choi (2016 GB Curator), Suki Seokyeong Kang (2016 GB Artist)

16:10-18:00
Moderator: Binna Choi (2016 GB Curator)
'Tent Theater' with Sakurai Daizo, Yeoil Yoon (Jeju University)
Disability Art Movement in Japan and ‘Social Art’, Yunjeong Joo (SNUAC)
Discussion: Inza Lim (Theatre Director), Seola Kim(2016 GB Artist)




Inter-Asia and the Other Worlds: Wild Connectivity

Inter-Asia Biennale Forum, organized with the 11th Gwangju Biennale as part of its Infra-School program

On the occasion of the finissage of the 11th Gwangju Biennale, an Inter-Asia Biennale Forum co-organized by Inter-Asia School and the 11th Gwangju Biennale will take place over three days from 4-6 November 2016. The Inter-Asia Biennale Forum brings together scholars and art practitioners in the context of the Biennale to explore modes of convergence within and across recent social movements and uprisings across Asia, along with the idea of "wild connectivity." This could indicate a form of cosmopolitanism and invoke the perspectives of artistic imagination; a "long historical" view point; and last but not least, gender perspectives.


PROGRAM

Friday 4 November 2016
Locations: Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, Geosigi Hall

Pre-Session at the Gallery 1 of Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall

17:00-18:00
Special introduction to the Exhibition by Maria Lind, GB11 Artistic Director

Forum Opening at GB Geosigi Hall

18:00-18:30

Session I at GB Geosigi Hall

18:30-19:30
Chaired by Wondam Paik (Professor of Chinese Studies, Sungkonghoe University, Seoul)

Chen Kuan-Hsing (professor at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan): Envisioning a grounded global intellectual movement
Soyoung Kim (professor at Korea National University of Arts): Inter-Asia and the Other Worlds : Exile trilogy - Ansan, Vladivostok and Almaty

Session II at GB Geosigi Hall

19:30-20:30
Chaired by Binna Choi (GB11 Curator)

Ekaterina Degot (Director of Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne, Germany): Postcolo-nial curatorial practice in Europe and elsewhere
Bonaventure Ndikung (Director of SAVVY Contemporary, GB11 Fellow, and Curator-at-Large of Documenta 13): Apparatus of Associated Knowledges and Epistemic Dissent


Saturday 5 November 2016
Locations: 518 Archives, Asia Culture Center

Pre-Session at the entrance of 518 Archives

10:00-11:00
Special Introduction to the 5.18 Archives and the GB Exhibition at 5.18 Archives by Binna Choi, GB11 Curator and Kyongnam Yoo, Curator of the 5.18 Archives

Session 1 at the Conference room of 518 Archives

11:00-13:00
Chaired by Earl Jackson Jr. (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)

Jie-Hyun Lim (Professor at Sogang University): East Asia as an entangled memory space
Jane Jin Kaisen (Artist): Reiteration of dissident (Jeju 4.3 Massacre)
Yongwoo Lee (professor at NYU): 4.16 Ferry commemoration / Politics of mourning
Michelle Wong (researcher at Asia Art Archives): AAA/ Ha Bik Chuen’s materials documenting the 1960s riots.
Discussion -Earl Jackson Jr. and Seungwoo Ha (professor at Korea National University of Arts)

Session II at the Conference room of 518 Archives

14:00-16:00
Chaired by Jungbong Choi (professor at Hong Kong Baptist University)

Miyojo Hwang (lecturer at Korea National University of Arts): Tracing the emergence of online feminism: New ways of organization, proliferation, and its influences
Jung Koo Kim (lecturer at Korea National University of Arts): On the 2015 Hong Kong film, Ten Years
Sampson Wong (Lecturer, Department of Liberal Arts, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts) : Art in the Umbrella Movement and bottom-up preservation

Screening Event at Asia Culture Center

17:00-19:00

Park Kiyong (professor at Dankook University): Korean-Chinese related documentary practice Garibong/ Yanbian
Kwon Jogeumsang (Research Fellow at University of North Korean Studies): Films related to North Korean women refugees
Jeamin Cha (GB11 artist): Chroma-key and Labyrinth/Fog and Smoke


Sunday 6 November 2016, various locations

10:00-12:00
Visit to part of the GB exhibition at the Mudeung Mountain private museums and Asia Culture Center


Inter-Asia Biennale Forum

The Inter-Asia Biennale Forum is a cross-disciplinary academic project launched by a consortium of Asian intellectuals, presented in association with the Inter-Asia School. The biennales of contemporary art in Asia are among the most exciting public cultural platforms in the region, and this project intends to bring to the biennale platform its engagement with current Asian critical thought. Based on the themes of individual biennales, the Biennale Forum aims to create a series of projects grounded in the context of Asian realities, in the hope of furthering exchanges among the artistic and philosophical communities. IABF is sponsored by Moonchu Foundation.

Website: http://biennale.asia/
Email: interasiaschool.office@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/interasiaschool/

Thanks to: The participation by Bonaventure Ndikung is made possible with support of the Goe-the Institute Korea.
November 2016

06 November
Forum co-organized with Inter-Asia Biennale Forum and Soyoung Kim.





05 November
RAT lecture: Ingela Ihrman


05 November
Forum co-organized with Inter-Asia Biennale Forum and Soyoung Kim.





04 November
Forum co-organized with Inter-Asia Biennale Forum and Soyoung Kim.





01 November
SNUAC-Gwangju Biennale Workshop - Concrete Responses: What Does Art Do? 11AM


October 2016

28 October
Maria Lind & Sumi Kang - Dongduk University Field day and exhibition tour


September 2016

24 September
RAT lecture: Bernd Krauss


05 September
RAT lecture: Nadia Belerique


August 2016

20 August
GIC TALK: Jewyo Rhii with Jihyun Jung 3pm


13 August
GIC TALK: Cooperativa Cráter Invertido 3pm


06 August
GIC TALK: Binna Choi 3pm


05 August
Dongduk Univ. Colloquim: Maria Lind, Sumi Kang, Binna Choi


June 2016

14 June
RAT school lecture by Margarida Mendes


13 June
RAT school lecture by Bik Van der Pol


12 June
RAT crit by Margarida Mendes


May 2016

23 May
New Center seminar #8: Binna Choi, Maria Lind


22 May
RAT school lecture by Binna Choi


19 May
Seoul National University Asia Center colloquium


18 May
Chosun University lecture by Doug Ashford, Hongik University colloquium by Maria Lind, Binna Choi


16 May
New Center seminar #7: Binna Choi, Maria Lind, Apolonija Šušteršič


09 May
New Center seminar #6: Azar Mahmoudian, Maria Lind


03 May
New Center seminar #5: Azar Mahmoudian, Maria Lind, Walid Raad


April 2016

25 April
Hongik University lecture: Binna Choi, RAT crit by Binna Choi, New Center seminar #4: Maria Lind, Michelle Wong


23 April
RAT school lecture by Ruth Buchanan


21 April
Chosun University lecture: Apolonija Šušteršič


18 April
RAT school ecture by Fernando Garcia-Dory, New Center seminar #3: Doug Ashford, Maria Lind, Michelle Wong


11 April
New Center seminar #2: Maria Lind, Margarida Mendes


04 April
RAT school lecture by Julia Sarisetiati, New Center seminar #1: Tyler Coburn, Maria Lind, Margarida Mendes


March 2016

22 March
Hongik University lecture by Maria Lind, RAT crit by Azar Mahmoudian


21 March
Chosun University lecture by Gunilla Klingberg


January 2016

20 January
RAT school presentation by Céline Condorelli, RAT school crit by Maria Lind


19 January
Seoul National University colloquium by Maria Lind


December 2015

03 December
Chosun University lecture: Maria Lind .


Forum co-organized with Inter-Asia Biennale Forum and Soyoung Kim.




Infra-school Associates

Taking place from January to November 2016 at various sites of learning and knowledge production, Infra-School is a learning program developed in collaboration with a number of education platforms, referred to herein as Infra-School associates. They include:

Chonnam National University, Gwangju
Chosun University, Gwangju
Dongduk Women’s University, Seoul
Gwangju International Center, Gwangju
Hongik University, Seoul
Inter-Asia Biennale Forum, international
RAT School of Art, Seoul
Seoul National University – Asia Center, Seoul
The New Center, New York and online


As part of GB11’s Finissage program, an Inter-Asia Biennale Forum is convened by Korean filmmaker and critic Soyoung Kim, to take place from 2–4 November, 2016. Jointly organized by Inter-Asia School and GB11, the Gwangju edition of the Forum brings together scholars and art practitioners in the context of the Biennale to explore modes of convergence within and across recent social movements and uprisings across Asia. The Forum also considers the idea of “wild connectivity”, which may indicate a different form of internationalism on a planetary scale, as well as from the perspectives of artistic imagination, long history, and feminism.
Doug Ashford lecture at Chosun University, 18 May 2016

Infra-School associates self-presentations:

Dongduk Women’s University, Seoul
A women’s university with 106 years of history, Dongduk Women’s University aims to prepare our students for the innovative future. By providing forward-looking educational programs and curricula with an excellent and fully dedicated faculty, students build their abilities in the humanities, sciences, culture and fine arts. The College of Arts at Dongduk Women’s University offers a specialized and comprehensive curriculum that educates future artists and experts in various disciplines of arts.

Chonnam National University, Gwangju
The Department of Fine Art at Chonnam National University offers six majors: Western Painting, Korean Painting, Sculpture, Visual Design, Craft, and Art Theory. Emphasizing basic training processes, these majors also promote the establishment of theoretical positions and the expression of various creative aspects to the fullest. The aim is to produce “glocal” artists, designers, craftsmen, and art theorists whose expertise can embrace both the global and the local, as well as to cultivate talents for local art and culture.

Chosun University, Gwangju
The College of Art and Design at Chosun University provides various scholarships, academic programs, and international exchange programs and is one of the best colleges of art in our country. It has produced lots of famous artists and its students have won many international awards. With the majors on offer, students can contribute to the development of their artistic sense by nurturing their practical skills, their understanding of aesthetics, and their response to globalism.
GIC talk by Michelle Wong
Gwangju International Center, Gwangju
The Gwangju International Center (GIC) is a non-profit organization for Korean and international residents of Gwangju to join together and collaborate on community-building. Since 1999, the GIC has been committed to providing services to international residents and visitors to Gwangju, promoting cultural exchanges among diverse groups, and training young people through participation in cultural activities such as weekly Saturday talks, monthly Gwangju news in English, culture tours, music events, and classes in Korean and other subjects. As well as being one of the associates of Infra-School, the GIC is also functioning as the city-center lounge of this edition of the Biennale.

Hongik University, Seoul
The name Hongik, translated into English, literally means “service to mankind.” Hongik University encourages students to develop independent thinking, free from the influence of others. It also strives to cultivate its students’ creative ability, which is vital for individual betterment during one’s lifetime. Hongik University fosters a community where individuals live in harmony with fellow human beings and learn from the knowledge and experience of others, and through this leads our students to work together for the betterment of humankind. In short, Hongik University inculcates students with the values necessary to serve society as independent, creative, and cooperative professionals.

Inter-Asia Biennale Forum, international
The Inter-Asia Biennale Forum is a cross-disciplinary academic project launched by a consortium of Asian intellectuals in association with the Inter-Asia School. The project aims to link together the public platforms of the various biennales taking place in Asia and, based on each individual Biennale, to create a forum of interconnected thought grounded in the context of Asian realities. Starting with several key issues in contemporary Asian thought and art practice, the Forum will respond to the academic topics of each biennale in the hopes of stimulating exchange and reflection among the artistic and philosophical communities in Asia, and to come up with shared concerns and goals for action based on individual life experiences. 

RAT School of Art, Seoul
The RAT School of Art is a self-directed study program for passionate artists who are able to set their own goals and work independently. RAT offers a personalized program that should enable the members to gain autonomy and emancipate themselves. RAT nurtures self-learning and self-organization paired with critical reflection. RAT is a school of people, not of dogmas. The practice and attitude of individuals builds this school. Seoul is a great city for art and RAT hopes to play an active and public role in the Korean art field too.
Céline Condorelli presentation at RAT school, 20 January 2016
Seoul National University – Asia Center, Seoul
Seoul National University – Asia Center (SNUAC) aims to serve as a global hub for Asian studies by integrating regional and thematic research across Asia. By creating and sharing forward-thinking ideas, SNUAC contributes to the mutual harmonious development of Asia. 

The New Center, New York and online
The New Center for Research and Practice is conceived upon the idea that the space of knowledge is a laboratory for navigating the links between thought and action. Our pedagogical approach bootstraps the conventional role of the arts and sciences to construct new forms of research and practice alongside, within, and between the existing disciplines, technologies and institutions. We are a non-profit higher education institute offering graduate-level certificate programs, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, residencies, and conferences.' changed to 'Infra-School, GB11’s lecture and seminar series, is driven by some of the core ideas behind the Biennale such as connecting dots, embeddedness, and the importance of the practice of mediation. Infra-School consists of lectures, presentations, group discussions, seminars, and special programs such as video screenings, led by its artists and curators as well as the collective organization of conferences, colloquia, and fora. It is a program in which the Biennale connects its curatorial and artistic knowledge to the existing formal and informal educational institutions in Gwangju and beyond.

Instead of establishing a new, independent educational arm, Infra-School taps into existing educational institutions in both Gwangju and Seoul, and intends to multiply connections and expand relations between them. In doing so it hopes to embed the Biennale in the ecosystem of art in Gwangju and beyond, such that the mutual benefits and interdependence between different entities can further grow and strengthen. By joining forces with various educational platforms in Gwangju, the Biennale hopes to further amplify and highlight the agency of those who will shape the future through learning, research, and speculation.