Trans Office Theater You Play Together (You, 遊, 類)
A Social Art Project by Kyongju Park
- Artists’ Social Performance about Artistic Labor
There is no future for government-led social enterprises. Only empty voices about a sustainable future and job creation for marginalized people, etc. exist. Unfortunately, cultural and art companies are not companies unless large companies accumulating absolute wealth in Korea transform themselves first. The companies are self-employed businesses that one or two artists take the lead in creating artworks. Therefore, artists are self-employed. Art is not the business manufacturing products but a special work creating values. Most cultural and art social entrepreneurs will fall behind from being self-employed to bankrupts and to the homelessunless the government’s awareness about cultural and art social entrepreneurs changes.
Am I so negative? No, it is just fact. What fact? The fact that “artists are self-employed”. Art needed to be business so needed to have spaces and people. So employees were hired. Even though spaces and people were prepared, products were not manufactured from 9 am to 6 pm since art industry is not manufacturing industry. That is because art is not a manufacturing industry. Let’s just admit the truth! The truth that artists are artists and profits are not created although art factories are built and artistic laborers are hired with a higher cost. The artists can create other products than artworks to maintain the spaces, give salaries that they promised to the laborers, become administrators to earn funds from the government, and play a CEO role for certain period of time. However, such temporary methods and contradictory dramatic situations are not sustainable.
Salad, a nomadic social enterprise, decided to admit the fact that we are self-employed. A role of CEO, bookkeeper, regular artistic laborer, non-regular artistic laborer, temporarily occupy unused spaces in cities for eight hours from 9 am to 6 pm a day to work for a social enterprise. They practice and work in unused spaces in cities. Their daily works will be so-called social performances. We will not be embarrassed but create artworks even though nobody asks for our artworks. Every space in cities is our stage and every citizen drifting in cities is our actors and actresses and audience. We, artists, will not be bankrupt anymore since we admit the fact that we are self-employed and return back to true artists. Finding identity as an artist and creator through , a new experimental art project. Sending the warning message that artists of this era become administrators for making a living. They are the objectives of this project.
How: One video clip will be completed and uploaded daily in the project page in vimeo.
Period: April 2015 ~ March 2017 (two years)
Concept creator & Director: Kyongju Park
Performances will be run non-regularly online real time during the project period. Newsletter will be published and distributed quarterly.
Project participants: Salad members and others
Kyong-ju Park (born 1968, seoul) worked as a visual artist, filmmaker, playwright, theater director, journalist and social designer. Her major works are 'Migrant Workers in Berlin' (photo, 1999), 'Nurses Dispatched to Germany' (photo, 2000), 'Memory in Germany - Miners Dispatched to Germany' (video installation, 2000) 'Migrant Workers in Seoul' (photo, 2001), 'What is Life? - Migrant Workers' Music Project'(project music album, 2002), 'In a Dream Country - Migrant Women's Lives' (Art book published by Women Migrants Human Rights Center, 2004), 'Migrant Workers' Performance for Election Campaign' (performance, 2004), ‘Do You Remember Me?’ (lecture performance, 2010), ‘Yeosu,Beginning, Middle, and the End ’ (media experimental play, 2010), Ran's Diary (media experimental play, 2011), Future Story (media experimental play, 2012), Theater without Actor (media experimental play, 2013), Migrant worker's broadcast(internet alternative media, 2005~2009), multilingual broadcat SALADTV(internet alternative media, 2009~2012), Social enterprise SALAD(trans-cultural performing arts group, 2009~ present).
2005 Lives of woman migrant wokers @ Gallery Joheung in Seoul
2004 Migrant worker's election campaign @Street Performancein Daegu, Gwangju, Daejeun, Chngwon
2002 Migrant workers music project @ Ssamzie space in Seoul
2001 Working holiday @ Insamisulgongan in Seoul
1998 Origin @ Gallery dam in seoul
Theater Works. Director & Playwriter.
2010 - present
2015 'Yeosu, Beginning Middle and the End' @ Live Internet Broadcasting Theater Play
2015 Musical play ' Marina & Vijay' @ Yeungdeungpo Arthall in Seoul in Seoul
2014 Musical play 'Surunfgus Hung' @ Al & Haek Theater Hall in Seoul
2014 Musical play 'Suklay' @ Chungun Art Hall in Seoul
2013 Experimental Broadcasting Theater 'Theater without Actor' @ Arco Art Theater Hall in Seoul
2012 Musical play 'Marina & Vijay' @ Ansan Street Theater Festival in Ansan
2012 Experimental Theater 'Future Story' @ Munrae Box Theater in seoul
2012 Musical play 'The Scret of Mask'@ Munrae Youth Center in Seoul
2011 Experimental Theater 'Ran's Diary' @ Munrae Art Factory Box Theater in Seoul
2011 Experimental Theater 'Ran's Diary Update' @ Hewhadong Ilbyunji Theater Hall in Seoul
2010 Experimental Theater ' Yeosu begining Middle and the End' @ Daehakro art Theater Hall in Seoul
2010 Experimental Theater 'Salshow'@ Uijeungbu Art Hall in Uijeungbu
Film & Video. Director & Writer.
1993 - present
2013 Theater without Actor (HD video, 136min.)
2012 8 1/2 (HD video, 15min.)
2005 Migrant Worker's Electtion Campaign (Digital Video, 60min.)
2004 Hard Trance ( 6mm DV, 8min.)
2003 Videolecture ( 6mm DV, 3min.)
2003 Toy Telephon (6mm DV, 5min.)
2002 What is life (6mm DV, 5min.)
2002 Meeting Eureka ( 6mm DV, 11min.)
2001 Where are you from (6mm DV, 11min.)
1999 The March ( Digital Video, 2min.)
1998 Beautiful Fruit (16mm Film, 40min.)
1997 Off (16mm Film, 3min.)
1995 Playing Around (16mm Film, 3min.)
1994 Don't dream of it! (s-vhs video, 12min.)
1993 Eyes of stupid Animals (Computer Animation, 3min.)
1993 Uebergang zum Biberweg ( U-matic video, 3min.)
HBK Braunschweig in Germany
1993 - 1997
Study Fine Arts (Major: Film & Photography)
Hongik University in Korea.
1988 - 1992
Study Fine Arts (Major: Printmaking)
Social Media Project 'SALADTV'
Social Enterprise Thater 'SALAD'
Migrant Music Project 'What is Life'
Children Book 'Breaking the stone children'
The Kyongju Park Foundation