인터페이스: 나의, 나만의 공공예술Interface: Public Art of My Own
APAP first launched in 2005 has had mixed results. Three editions have so far been organized, and several interesting endeavors have left their mark in different parts of the city. Yet, these endeavors launched as a part of a “public art” initiative have not gained much visibility except when some mishap or an issue arose drawing negative attention. With the end of each edition, the artworks were generally forgotten, while in a few unfortunate exceptions they became a source of controversy as an inconvenience and unwanted interference in the local community life. This is not limited to cases where the output is an artwork with lasting physical presence in the public space. Even other types of art projects that are initially viewed as having successfully influenced the lives of citizens (or a certain community) often become unsustainable when the artist who led the project leaves the city. Therefore, the idea of public art initiatives softlanding into the lives of Anyang citizens and settling there is an overly optimistic one to say the least.
Perhaps in the realm of public art, the “public” or the “community” element that we expect to be a part of the outcome simply does not exist. Maybe there are only “audiences” who pass by the individual artwork. *Interface: Public Art of My Own* begins from the point where all non-physical and physical initiatives have lost their visibility. It signals the end of art projects that are more or less one-off events, and seeks to revive the forgotten public art initiatives as a part of everyday life. The aim is to build a sustainable relationship between public art and the lives of the people, and moreover, to stimulate the audience to have art take form in their voluntary actions.
*Interface: Public Art of My Own* leverages smart phones, the Global Positioning System (GPS), and mobile applications to create opportunities for the Anyang residents and APAP artworks to interact with each other in a “living” time and in a real space. The artists who participate in the project will each take a unique approach to the existing artworks of APAP, their context, and stories. The six stories that will result from this will meet and fail to meet the citizens at varying levels as they continue their dynamic and differing journeys.
김윤경 Yunkyoung Kim ∙ Curator
Studying contemporary art history in Seoul and New York, Kim meets artists, curates exhibitions, and writes. She was the director of Mongin Art Center (2007-2011) and curator at Artsonje Museum and Artsonje Center (1997-2000). She participated in the Biennale Giovani Monza 2011 as a guest curator and the Artist Forum International 2007 as a project director. She curated numerous shows including *My dears... Happiness consists of being able to tell the truth without hurting anyone* (Mongin Art Center, Seoul, 2010) and *Archaeology of New York* (Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service NY, New York, 2006). She published *A Consensus, Momentary Yet Momentous* (Mars Press, 2012) based on her longstanding conversations with fellow artists.
Curator: Yunkyoung Kim
Design: Kang Gyeong-tak, workroom
App development: Kim Yong-wook