Date
Friday 27 October 2017 to Sunday 12 November 2017
Location
Around Seoul Station and Jongro

The rapid changes of the city through architecture, environment, economic structure and community have brought enormous changes to the daily lives of humans who live in the city. And these changes in the city have developed diverse emerging themes such as urban regeneration, sustainability, creativity and intercommunity. 

How should the arts in-cooperate with ever changing circumstances in the city? What will be the role and responsibility of the arts to catalyse for present and future city and to engage communities in the city?

The Connected City aims to develop a platform to re-shape, re-explore, re-imagine and re-connect the city we live in. With the collaboration with artists, producers, curators and communities from UK and Korea, Connected City will introduce innovative practices on ever-changing societies / public spaces in the city through various arts forms and digital technology.

The programme on Connected City includes Musicity, Playable City, Maker City, Storytelling City, Performing City and City Conference. 

 

Connected City

 

1) Musicity  (5 October – 5 November)

Musicity commissions recording artists to compose original music in response to a particular aspect of their city that inspires them. These exclusive tracks are then geo-tagged to their locations throughout the city and can only be heard by visiting each location through the purpose-built app. The idea is to encourage people to explore cities architecturally, musically and experientially. ▶ Details

Locations: Naksan Park, DDP, Sewoon Plaza, Hoehyun Citizen Apartment, Namsan Park(Baekboem Plaza), Seoullo 7017, Cheongpa Hills

In partnership with LG V30

 
2) Playable City (27–29 October)

The Playable City concept has captured the imagination of cities across the globe, offering a new way of connecting people and thinking about the city. Started in Bristol by Watershed, Playable City has expanded to places such as Lagos, Recife and Tokyo, exploring the future city with a team of local artists and creatives, generating new ideas rooted in the specific city environment. Over three days in Seoul, Playable City invites the public to a suite of specially made ‘urban games’ that take place along and surrounding the Cheonggyecheon stream near Sewoon Plaza. ▶ Details

 
3) Maker City - Changsin-dong (2 September – 12 November) / Seogye-dong (27 October – 12 November)

Changsin-dong: Project Seoul Apparel, a residency and exhibition project, identifies the urgent issues facing the declining garment manufacturing businesses of the Changsin-dong area of Seoul through collaboration between UK and Korean architects and fashion designers. 

Seogye-dong: The Maker City residency and exhibition project builds on these themes and considers the role of community engagement and participation in the development of a productive city. Working with the Urban Regeneration Center of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, architects from UK practice NEON will undertake a four-week residency in the Seoul Station manufacturing district to explore urban regeneration challenges in the area through artistic collaboration and exchange between local makers and artists and community engagement. ▶ Details

 
4) Storytelling City (20–24 September / 27–29 October)

Storytelling City project pairs UK and Korean writers and webtoon artist/graphic novelist together in order for them to work closely on the production of new creative works of writing and graphic novel/webtoon. The collaborations take place over a series of visits to both Korea and the UK and both the process and the final outcomes are showcased at the Wow Book Festival this year and Bradford Literature Festival next year, and online in both countries. ▶ Details

This project is funded primarily by Arts Council Korea and organised by Bradford Literature Festival in the UK and Wow Book Culture and Art Centre in Korea.

 

5) Performing City (27–29 October)

Through Performing City various works such as Chorus, a collective of monumental and transfixing sound sculptures by sound artist Ray Lee, a collaborative performance by UK musician from Musicity and Korean choreographer, Small Wonder Tour, a tour of microscopic world and VR Playground, an immersive installation by Brendan Walker are introduced. ▶ Details

 <Chorus> is a part of Arts Council Korea and Arts Council England Joint Fund project.
Performing City is funded by World Culture Collage.

 

6) City Conference (31 October)

The rapid changes of the city through architecture, environment, economic structure and community have brought enormous changes to the daily lives of humans in the city. How should arts incorperate these ever-changing circumstances in the city? Through this conference, new relationships within places, arts, technology and communities in the city will be introduced and discussed.  ▶ Details

Urban Regeneration Project at Seoul Station Area

Urban Regeneration Project at Seoul Station Area is a project to revitalize and to enrich the historical-cultural value and locality to improve the quality of life of local residents within the Seoul Station area - the international gateway of Seoul. Through public and private partnership, it carries out various activities to improve physical environment, build community network and to vitalize culture and arts within this area.

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Emploing architecture and urbanism as media, Seoul Biennale encompasses a wider range of fields to engage in the present and future cities of the world and to seek innovative design and poicy alternatives.

Collaboration with the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

For the first Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, running from 1 September to 5 November, the British Council’s Architecture Design Fashion Team have commissioned two projects in collaboration with the Biennale under their theme of Production City which examines the role of making and production in London and Seoul.  

London Made – a film specially commissioned for the Biennale as a part of their ‘Cities’ exhibition – peels back the layers of production behind the Barbican, a major cultural venue in the capital, tracing the threads of production from the stage to behind the scenes, to uncover and celebrate the places, skills and networks of makers and manufacturers which keep London working. Crucially, the film illustrates the key challenges and opportunities facing London as a productive city.

Project Seoul Apparel, a residency and exhibition project, identifies the urgent issues facing the declining garment manufacturing businesses of the Changsin-dong area of Seoul through collaboration between UK and Korean architects and fashion designers. This programme is a part of the Maker City Project within Connected City.

 

City to City UK/Korea 2017-18