Project Archive is a component of Park Library. It will serve as a cluster of memory boxes containing materials—actual objects as well as documents in hard and soft formats—of APAP, which researchers can refer to for their studies.
Public art is the culmination of multi-layered stories (or events) of various people involved in it, from artists to participants, administrators, curators, and viewers. The stories are the products of artistic labor that intervenes in reality, establishes a relationship with society, and connects the different public spheres. The boxes symbolize and realize a frame for representing the overall structure and formation of public art. To start, the participating artists of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd APAP editions, held between 2005 and 2011, play the role of the author of different stories (archive creators) and the 146 artworks that they have produced play the role of the protagonist of the stories (archive file/record). In the narrow sense, the archive contains hard and soft copies of documents including public/administrative papers, profiles of the participating artists and their work, progress reports, official publications, press releases, performance records, and the books purchased; on a broader level, the archive includes works of art and materials collected on the site of the projects. The archive is transferred online once the preparation is complete, which includes re-translation of the names of the artists and titles of the works, and registration of existing/non-existing works. The Digital Archive provides selected visual data along with Finding Aids—a user’s manual containing descriptive information of each artist, artwork and relevant document—thus allowing the archive to grow its public reach.
Each APAP is a temporary and separate project that operates with its own set of artistic director, curatorial team, participating artists, and collaborators. In this way, each APAP edition re-contextulaized the previous projects, and by the third edition, a new practice and a new discourse manifested itself. By this time the organizers found themselves discussing about New Genre Public Art, community art, and socially engaged art. Project Archive follows the changes in public art not through artworks but in the form of an archive, offering a different kind of aesthetic experience and providing the grounds for continuing with APAP and preparing for the resources that will be created by future APAP editions.
Project Archive may be used by anyone who is currently or potentially linked to public art, from organizers of the APAP to artists, administrators, critics, historians, theorists, and those who may just happen to hop by Park Library. Project Archive’s aim is to break down barriers that divide “specialists” from “non-specialists” and to welcome and help those who enjoy using the archive to spread their sense of appreciation of public art.
Hello! Archive Anyang Pavilion
10/11 - 11/29
Our digital archive, containing informations on commissioned artworks, participating artists and various forms of documentation is coming soon in full English. In the meanwhile, visit its Korean version.
180 Yesulgongwon-ro, Manan-gu, Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do