Notes from Cho and Lisa @98B
With the aim of gathering a community of artists, curators, cultural workers, and other practitioners; and providing a platform for discussions, 98B launched its public program for the year beginning with the talk of Seungki Cho and Lisa Chikiamco on 30 January 2012.
Seungki Cho is an intermedia artist and the Director of Art Space Mite/Ugro in Gwangju, South Korea. Cho talked about the beginnings of the non-profit space Mite/Ugro which was founded by young artists and directors in 2009. It was an effort to revitalize Dae-in Market, a traditional Korean market at odds with the burgeoning large-scale department stores in Gwangju. Cho traced how artists, poets, journalists, and publishers began to occupy the space and function organically within the market set-up. He shared with the group the challenges of managing an independent space while harnessing minimal government and institutional support; and problematized it in the context of Gwangju, a city envisioned by the local government to be the “cultural hub of Asia”. He also discussed how some sustainable projects like the cafe and vendo-machine create a modest income to support artists’ projects. Finally, Cho presented the programs of Mite/Ugro which includes exhibitions, workshops, artist residencies, support for young artists engaged in experimental arts, international exchanges, including the recently held 2011 Asia Young Artist Festival (AYAF) where Lisa Chikiamco was part of.
Lisa Chikiamco, an independent curator and writer based in Manila, first encountered Gwangju as a participant in the biennale’s International Curator Course in 2010. In 2011, she was invited by Cho to take part of the AYAF along with other artists and curators from Asia. In the talk at 98B, Lisa shared her experiences in collaborating with a network of artists, curators, and cultural workers through the activities of AYAF which included a Tent School workshop for university students; and an exhibition and performance at the Kunsthalle Gwangju. Lisa also recalled her experience as a resident of Zaza, a guesthouse managed by Art Space Mite/Ugro.
TEXT: LOUISE ANNE MARCELINO
Louise Anne Marcelino is a Museum Researcher at the Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines-Diliman since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art Studies in 2007, magna cum laude; and currently a graduate student of Museum Studies in UP. In 2011, she was a research fellow at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. In the same year, she co-wrote a paper for Museum 2011: Building Identity-The Making of National Museums for a conference at the National Museum of History,Taipei, Taiwan.
Her current research interests include systems of representation in particular cities (Marikina City and Quezon City, Philippines); artist-run spaces and initiatives; as well as museum education. She is currently working on a catalogue essay for the intermedia artist Jana Kuznetsov; commissioned by the Contemporary Art Gallery of the Brukenthal National Museum, Romania and IFA (Institut fur Auslandbeziehungen, Stuttgart, Germany).