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Gwangju Design Biennale 2019

Symbolism

  • Difference and Symbiosis (Community Garden)
    Curators

    Kanghyun Lee
    Sowon Lee PM

    Curatorial Statement

    The humanity of the square signifies the value of humanity by combining human + community, and this is a concept of humanity that extends from the human level to the humanity, meaning the coexistence in consideration with beings in the world surrounding 'myself'. The symbolic installations of this square embodies the theme of Gwangju Design Biennale 2019, “Humanity” and intend to create a symbiotic ecosystem, which is the topic of modern times, by providing a place where citizens can contribute to society as a member and practice a new common vision. In this context, the symbolic space of the Square is not a mere installation of symbolic sculpture, but a space embodying the connotated message of the theme, and we intend to provide a spatial experience of emotional sympathy and communication to visitors and Gwangju citizens, as an organic solidarity, by implementing a three-level experience space that provides natural guidance to practical and lively community gardens and exhibitions based on public design that realizes the public values of “Publicity” and “Relationship with Life”

    상징조형

    Exhibition Composition

    Zone1. Participation and Experience of Oneness Garden / Performances and Events Providing new spatial experiences of symbiosis of difference with community values
    · Public Value - Energy harvesting for the future
    · Space of Communication - Community place of emotional rapport
    · Space of Symbiosis - Symbiosis and harmony between nature and artifacts

    Zone2. Welcoming and guide - Stairway to Humanity Guiding to the Humanity Exhibition Hall that provides sense of welcoming and excitement

    Zone3. Impressions and Symbols - Welcome Arch Presentation that imprints impressions of humanity to visitors and Gwangju citizens

Main exhibition

  • Gallery 1 Theme Exhibition: Humanity and Design
    Curator

    Dongyeong Lee

    Curatorial Statement

    The Theme Exhibition, 'Singing of People', aims to explore the large theme of Humanity that runs through the Gwangju Design Biennale by observing various aspects of people. Humanity is, after all, a “story of people living” and a “story of community”. Therefore, we will examine how people understand and empathize with one other and how they can create a coexisting society through design. It is designed to allow visitors to experience the “humanity for a kind world where people live” and to define the meaning of humanity through a storyline that goes from the individual to the community and the surrounding environment

    Gallery 1 / 주제관

    Exhibition Composition

    Intro. Humanity Aura We scrutinize the history and the fields where loss of humanity occurred. In particular, this section portrays the love for humanity and human triumphs in the midst of inhumanity around us in this century.

    Zone1. Community - Hugging Ourselves We present a performance where all human beings sympathize in the homogeneity of humanity and live in mutual coexistence by overcoming and understanding differences and discrimination.

    Zone2. Social – Becoming Kind Together In order to remind us that the new future of the global village lies in the realization of kind humanity, we focus on the interaction with the audience by conveying and sharing the warmth of the artwork.

  • Gallery 2 International Exhibition: Humanity for Next Generation
    Curator

    Seungmin Kang

    Curatorial Statement

    Bauhaus, referred to as the starting point of modern design, its concept and educational notion have been widely shared among artists, designers, architects and intellectuals across Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States since its establishment after World War I in 1919. The core of the Bauhaus movement, the “recreation of society through design and art” is in line with the “design for society and humanity”, important in modern times, and shares ta thread of connection with Humanity, the theme of this year's biennale. Therefore, the first opening of Exhibition Hall 2, in celebration with the 100th Anniversary Exhibition of Bauhaus, reexamines how the spirit and ideology of Bauhaus corresponds to the spirit of the current times. Through this, we would like to present the driving force that could sustain the fundamental value and origin of human-centered design over the last 100 years. Moreover, in the Exhibition Hall 2, we will understand that the individuals who make up society for the future will be the community in a modern society that is changing to an age where human cognition, experience, intellectual fullness, and personal happiness are important from the age of functionalism where emphasis was placed upon production and efficiency after the Industrial Revolution, reawaken the fact that the quality of community life equal the quality of individual’s life, and bring attention to how design contributes to our lives, especially the most fundamental dwelling and living. The consideration and resolution of numerous difficulties and crises facing humanity as a community today has become a global issue. In the past few years, the price of real estate in large cities has skyrocketed and the existing developments and housing policies that were supposed to improve the quality of life have failed to meet our needs. Therefore, we would like to present a proposal on the role of design in the community where we live together and to open up discussions about the practical search for a solution through this exhibition.

    Gallery 2 / 국제관

    Exhibition Composition

    Zone1. Celebration of Bauhaus The 100th Anniversary Special Exhibition Along with the Bauhaus Imaginistar Exhibition, we convey the overall history and meaning of the Bauhaus through the composition of symbolic sculptures and artworks of the time and show various ways of reinterpretation of Bauhaus by Korean creators.

    Zone2. Design and Community - Better Together By creating a virtual city reconstructed with 21 model works that allow visitors to observe common and residential spaces and interiors in detail, they can directly experience the tendency of blurring the boundaries between private and public spaces. Moreover, we visualize the story with photo essays on the wall that are close to the actual scale and tell the story of interaction between architectural design and community in modern society.

    Zone3. Design and Human – Design for Human and Society Social design works consisting of about 60 different graphics and videos are composed by various media production methods

  • Gallery 3 Corporate Exhibition: Humanity by New Technology
    Curators

    Yeongmi Kim
    Jeongho Park

    Curatorial Statement

    When faced with the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, issues such as convergence of inter-industry and technology and sharing economy are emerging as well as the new industry sectors where big data, blockchain, cloud, and SNS can only be achieved through alliance and integration with various economic units. Therefore, with the theme of “Humanity by New Technology” in the Exhibition Hall 3, we will gradually deliver technologies that fulfill people, technologies that connect people and society, and technologies that connect people and the environment, share various development directions of design and technology for human beings, and provide an opportunity for visitors to reflect on what kind of role the future technology will play in realizing humanity, and how we are using this technology now.

    Gallery 3 / 기업관

    Exhibition Composition

    Intro. ISSUE - Our Questions Concurrent issues and questions about technological development

    Zone1. Rich – Technology that Fulfills People Diverse technologies and industries that enrich human life

    Zone2. Connect - Technology to Connect People Technologies and industries that advance society through connection and expansion

    Zone3. Share - Technology with Nature Technology for people and the co-existence of technology for nature

    Outro. Action - Our Practices Our thoughts and efforts on the direction of technological development

  • Gallery 4 Experience Exhibition: Humancity
    Curators

    Ganghyeon Lee
    Minyeong Choi

    Curatorial Statement

    As the totality of humanity shown in the previous exhibition, we present Human City as the foundation of the life of an organic community where separated and broken people encounter, achieve values (daily) of understanding, respect for one another and live together. Through the examples of various design innovations such as consideration for the socially disadvantaged, social innovation and urban regeneration, we present the appearance of cities and regions, where the love for humanity are projected, with largest sculptures, and the exhibition is organized like a maze finder, so that anyone can easily experience, transforming into a space where people can play and discuss together in harmony with design.

    Gallery 4 / 체험관

    Exhibition Composition

    Zone1. Place for resting Exhibition presentation, communication and relaxation of play and rest.
    An exhibition space for talk busking where visitors can experience design cases of rest and healing

    Zone2. Place for learning This section shows the results of domestic and international design education for humanity and exhibits cases and tools of service design for visitors to experience design for the future city and humanity

    Zone3. Place for sharing This section offers case presentations of service design companies of domestic and overseas, design for the socially disadvantaged, and design exhibition where citizens participate and communicate through the National Design Team

    Zone4. Place for life This section exhibits various design cases of dwelling and living spaces for millennials, single-person households, the elderly and the socially disadvantaged to enable visitors to experience design of living space that realizes humanity

    Zone5. Marketplace This section exhibits design that shows humanity centering on the cases of urban regeneration and showcases outstanding design achievements of social funding as a platform for future business where citizens directly participate

    Zone6. Streets As a space that connects each space with the shelter square, it allows visitors to experience a humanity city centered on streets and transportation including autonomous cars, electric bicycles, and sustainable design

  • Gallery 5 Business Lounge: Humanity of Local Innovation
    Curators

    Seongho Kim
    Jaewoo Jun
    Woosung Han

    Curatorial Statement

    We operate exhibitions for business creation through Gwangju industry and design, and B2B / B2C programs. We produced the contents and created the space for the public as well as the industrial subjects to experience the design more closely and to feel the possibility of design. Moreover, the purpose of this exhibition is to provide an opportunity to explore the future of Gwangju's new growth - the design industry.

    Gallery 5 / 비즈니스 라운지

    Exhibition Composition

    Zone1. Thoughts of Gwangju People Exhibition of Gwangju Design Center industrialization project and achievements of the Korea Invention Promotion Association

    Zone2. Gwangju-likeness Sharing newly growing beauty industry in Gwangju through beauty companies in Gwangju Area and product experiences

    Zone3. Movement of Gwangju People Operating market where design products of well-known industries of Gwangju are sold

  • Special Exhibition

    · International Poster Invitation
    · Korean Unification Flag International Design Exhibition
    · 2019 Gwangju Design Biennale Special Exhibition – Dive into Light
    · Gwangju Design Biennale Archive Exhibition
    · International Design University Exhibition Participation

    Curatorial Statement

    An International Poster Exhibition will be organized by forming a network of designers from around the world. Moreover, we will maximize the humanity exhibition that meets the theme of this year and hope that this will be a place of exchange that introduces the great design of Korea to the world. The Gwangju Design Biennale aims to become a greater international event by encouraging the participation of designers from more than 30 countries. Exhibition Composition

    1. International Poster Invitation Exhibition Planners : Yoonbae Kim Head of Operations, Yunjung Kwon PM
    An International Poster Exhibition will be organized by forming a network of designers from around the world. Moreover, we will maximize the humanity exhibition that meets the theme of this year and hope that this will be a place of exchange that introduces the great design of Korea to the world. The Gwangju Design Biennale aims to become a greater international event by encouraging the participation of designers from more than 30 countries.
    · Organizer : Korea Federation of Design Associations (KFDA)
    · Partners : Korea Institute of Cultural Product & Design, Visual Information Design Association of Korea, Communication esign Association of Korea, The Korean Society of Illustration Research, Korea Women Visual Designer, Korea Ensemble of Contemporary Design
    · Exhibition Period : September 7 (Sat) ~ October 31 (Thu) 2019
    · Venue : Asia Culture Center, Hall 5

    2. International Design Exhibition for Peace Unification Flag in the Korean Peninsular Planner : Cheol Kang, Project Manager (PM)
    Is there anything as influential as the flag in the field of visual symbols?
    Flag is the most complex visual symbol of national identity, external image, and cultural background. Above all, it is expected that it will play a major role in creating a sense of unity among the people in the existence of already different historical background. Peace on the Korean peninsula has become a global topic, beyond a domestic issue. Following the participation of domestic designers in 2013, the exhibition with overseas designer will continue in 2019. In the future, the ultimate goal is to complete a trilogy with the invitation exhibition of North Korean designers. Gwangju was also the first place in the world to hold an international design exhibition for the peace and reunification flag of the Korean peninsula and it will continue its context as a symbolic place that progresses Korean history and world peace.
    · Organizer : Korea Federation of Design Associations (KFDA)
    · Exhibition period : September 7 (Sat) ~ October 31 (Thu), 2019
    · Venue : Eunam Museum Hall 1 & 2

    3. Gwangju Design Biennale 2019 Special Exhibition - Dive into Light Planner : Eunrok Shim, Curator
    A special exhibition will be held that displays more than 60 works of 14 artists across the boundaries of design and art, including optical fiber, painting, installation, video, and print. The theme of the exhibition is “Dive into Light”. The special exhibition of Dive into Light was intended to step closer to the public.

    4. 2019 광주디자인비엔날레 특별전

    The theme of each exhibit session is 'Into Light (Session 1) and Into Red (Session 2)' where the Session 1 includes 24 optical fiber works by Daniel Buren, one of France's leading artists, and Eddie Kang, Hyungki Kim, and Seongja Lee. works are displayed together. The direction of the exhibition goes beyond the boundaries of contemporary art and design, utilizing the medium of light and seeks for a smooth communication relationship with the general public as its priority and as the concept of abstraction and conception are mixed, the basic sense of humanity inside and outside of human being is sympathized into the medium of light. Session 2 focuses on the 〈Tables〉 of the artist Doho Seo, who is well-known both at home and abroad for his work in Venice Biennale, and the world-renowned artists such as Mark Quinn, Jonghak Kim and Geuntae Kim from YBAs have participated to display works of comparative perspectives on Eastern and Western flowers and methods of expressing and symbolizing pure humanity without discrimination.
    Furthermore, the three sessions (theme: Into Art), which is exhibited at Nambu University, the main stadium of the Gwangju Swimming Championships, are participated by artists 'Jaeyi Lee (Seasaw), Sungho Kim (Digital Steel Life), Sangwon Lee (Patterns of Life) and Beok Yoo (Bird)', centering on Hongsoo Han from Haenam, Korea, and the exhibition symbolizes the “Event of Freedom and Peace – Gwangju Metropolitan City” with the sea, birds and lights, that remind people of the Swimming Championships and the host city, Gwangju.
    · Organized / Managed by : Gwangju Design Center · Exhibition Period : July 12 (Fri) ~ October 31 (Thu), 2019
    · Venue : Exhibition Hall 2F & 3F, Gwangju Design Center / Gwangju Swimming Championships Main Stadium

    4. Gwangju Design Biennale Archive Exhibition Planner : Daejin Yoon, Curator
    The Archive Exhibition, which is a special exhibition of the Gwangju Design Biennale, aims to discuss about the future vision through the re-examination of the Gwangju Design Biennale, which has been held seven times since 2005. The exhibition spaces composed of 'Window of Value, Bridge, Window of the Future' under the greater theme of 'Window of Coexistence' will display the historical records, history and works of the last Gwangju Design Biennale through the composition of independent frames for each period and share discourse on the direction of the Gwangju Design Biennale through interviews with the artistic directors of the past events.
    · Organized / Managed by : Gwangju Design Center
    · Exhibition Period : July 22 (Mon) ~ October 31 (Thu), 2019
    · Venue : Exhibition Hall 2F & 3F, Gwangju Design Center

    5. International Design University Exhibition Participation
    The 2019 Gwangju Design Biennale presents a special exhibition of the international design university, D + versity, where ‘Design + Diversity + University’ become one. D + versity aims to create an opportunity for creative and innovative design exchanges between Korean, British, French and German University students.
    D + versity features the works of 62 designers and design teams from 7 international universities, including Goldsmiths University of London, Nottingham Trent University, École Nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Brunel University London, Chosun University, Bauhaus University, Weimar and Paju Typography Institute.
    The exhibition explores the possibility of industry-academic cooperation through various design education exchanges in three countries with rapidly changing creative economies.

  • International Academic Events

    Inclusive Innovation by Design · Prior Symposium Promotion Event (1st ~ 2nd)
    · International Integrated Conference (Opening Symposium, Conference)
    · University Student Business Contest
    · Talk Busking

    Kind Design for Everyone - Inclusive Innovation by Design
    Curators

    Minyoung Choi
    Hyangeun Lee

    Curatorial Statement

    The meaning of "HUMNAITY" of the Gwangju Design Biennale is reinterpreted into the discourse and research of design, and an integrated international academic event will be specially held where academic organizations in the design field, industrial sector and design related fields cooperate together. We aim to organize a coherent academic event in which exhibition themes and design works are interlinked and conduct an event of direct sharing and communication of design connected with international experts and innovative businesses. The program organizes various events in accordance with the preparation, opening, and operation of the Gwangju Design Biennale, including prior academic events, opening symposium, and international integrated conferences, to hold academic events where many people can participate by planning university student business contest linked with the start-up jobs for students and young people, and talk busking program that harmonizes with the citizens during the event.

    Exhibition Composition

    1. Prior Academic Promotion Event (1st / 2nd) 1st) Gwangju Design Biennale PR Booth Operation, Sponsored by artistic director, Gilhyung Lee and PR announcement
    2nd) Operation of entire sessions of onference co-organized by Gwangju Design Biennale

    2. International Integrated Conference Opening Symposium (Keynote Speeches of 1~2 Overseas Invited Speakers and 3 Famous Designers, Lectures to encounter and communicate with international experts who can represent exhibition artworks and themes of the Design Biennale Conference) Co-hosted by Korea Society of Industrial Design, two sessions of social innovation (thesis presentation) and design business (case presentation) are held

    3. University Student Business Contest As one of the main events of the biennale, videos of university students and young people working as a business contest linked to start-up jobs are received and outstanding works by 15 teams through online screening are selected and displayed during the biennale, and awards will be given after on-site screening by companies and experts. Collaboration with Wadiz, a social-funding company, is expected to enhance synergy and professionalism throughout the promotion and operation of the event.

    4. Talk Busking Talking concerts to create a place of festival every weekend during the exhibition by communicating and interacting with the ambassadors, artists participating in the biennale, and famous people in the humanities and arts.

  • Education Program

    · PaTix Bauhaus Workshop
    · Audi Volkswagen Korea TOMOROAD School Mini

    Curator

    Jaejin Yoon

    Exhibition Composition

    1. PaTi x Bauhaus Workshop Application for participation : gdb.or.kr/test
    In commemoration of the Bauhaus celebrating its 100th anniversary, we present a newly restructured education programs based on the basic philosophy of Bauhaus at the time of its establishment, targeting 20 students of KDM in August and plan to exhibit the output and the process held in time aligned with the biennale.

    (1) PaTI (Paju Typography Institute) + Bauhaus Children's Education Program
    Program Working Title : BABA PAPA Playground / Children workshop by Markus Weisbeck and Vera Kunz (Bauhaus University Weimer) and PaTI
    · Program Name : Let’s draw, Bau / Drawing Bau, Drawing PaTI
    · Target : Kindergarten students 7-9 years old
    · Operation Method : Planning for every Friday and Saturday: 1 time in the morning, 2 times in the afternoon
    · Period / Venue : September 20~21, September 27~28, October 11~12, October 18~19, 2019

    (2) Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
    Workshop by Professor Markus Weisbeck and 20 University Students of KDM
    · Target : 20 university students in Design Department in Gwangju area selected by KDM
    · Period : September 17 (Tue) ~ September 19 (Thu) 2019, (for 3 days)
    · Venue : Gwangju Design Center (GDC)

    2. Audi Volkswagen Korea TOMOROAD School Mini Application for participation : gdb.or.kr/test
    TOMOROAD, as a name that combines 'Tomorrow' which signifies the future and 'Road' which means 'the way' to the Fourth Industry of the future, is an educational program aimed at providing Korean adolescents with the opportunity to experience and learn about the new possibilities of the Fourth Industry and the future of the automotive industry. This is a free semester/grade program for junior high school students composed of 8th and 16th class courses, which includes topics such as principles of automobile driving, automobile industry and future jobs, EV3 training, future mobility, and changing of future cities.
    · Target : From upper elementary school (5th and 6th grade) to junior high school students (1st and 2nd grade)
    · Number of people : Minimum 20 people per session, maximum 24 people
    · Period / Venue : September 7 (Sat) ~ October 25 (Fri), 2019 / Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Geusigi Hall
        ※ Educating for 35 days, 70 times from September 7 (Sat) to October 31 (Thu)
        ※ Training aid period : Until October 25
    · Educational theme : Experiencing Future Mobility while implementing autonomous driving technology through EV3 coding and practices
    · Instructors : 1 Main Lecturer + 3 University Student Volunteers

  • Experience Programs for Citizens

    · Ceramic Mural Painting Experience
    · Sculpture Experience Using Hanji Paper

    Event Composition

    The Design Experience Programs for Citizens in conjunction with the Gwangju Design Biennale 2019 Special Exhibition (Dive into Light) is divided into two programs: a 'Ceramic Mural Painting Experience' program made by Jaecheon Shim, a ceramic artists and ‘Sculpture Experience Using Hanji Paper’ that uses Hanji paper porridge with the artist, Chunkeun Choi to create sculptures. The programs intend to provide special experiences for children and middle school students, who are the main subjects of the experience, to expand creative ways of self-expression through design (artwork) and the scope of awareness of design creation, and to leave the outputs as great memories of childhood by displaying them at the main exhibition hall of the Gwangju Design Biennale.

    1. Ceramic Mural Painting Experience
    · Operation Period: July 12 ~ August 12, 2019 (4 weeks/daily)
    · Experience Contents: Production of artwork and color painting using clay and pigment
    · Participants : Kindergarten ~ Middle School Students
    · Capacity : 50 people per session
    · Time Required : Approx. 90 minutes
    · Participation Fee : Free
    · How To Participate : Group) Pre-reservation required / Individual) On-site registration

    2. Sculpture Experience Using Hanji Paper
    · Operating Period : July 12 ~ August 12, 2019 (4 weeks/ Basic operation on Tuesday, Thursday / Daily if there are prior reservations)
    · Experience Contents : Production of molding and color painting using Hanji paper porridge
    · Participants : Kindergarten ~ Middle School Students
    · Capacity : 30 people per session
    · Time Required : Approx. 90 minutes
    · Participation Fee : Free
    · How To Participate : Group) Pre-reservation required / Individual) On-site registration

    3. Information
    · Place : Experience Hall (3F), Gwangju Design Center
    · Reception / Inquiries: 062 – 611 – 5111 (Dekibill, Kid's Design Village, Gwangju Design Center)