Friday 27 October 2017 - 10:00 to Sunday 12 November 2017 - 19:00

The Seoul Station and Dongdaemun area have a rich heritage of clothing manufacturing and leather shoe production. These areas are now under a threat due to the recent changes to urban infrastructure, along with gentrification. Through Maker City, the manufacturing district will be explored through reinterpreting the businesses, promoting artistic collaboration and exchange between makers and artists.

Connected City <Maker City>

Artist Talk

  • Date and Time: 15.00, 29 October 2017
  • Venue: Junglimdong Warehouse Gallery

About Works and Participating Artists

1) Ga-ga Ho-ho by Rim Ziyoung X Oliver Griem

Individual cloth pieces that flow out from the sewing factories of Seo-Gye, Choung-Pa, and Man-Li-Dong districts gather into one form. Abandoned cloth pieces all over from town first started this project by visualising the lion from Buk-Cheong-Sa-Ja-Nol-Eum (Buk-Cheong Lion Play), but the portrayal of this lion differs from the image of the lion who delivers luck and wards off evil. Going out into the street, meeting many neighborhood people, (the lion) gets comforted at times and cussed at every so often. The primary role of the people and the lion is gradually disappearing. The memories of hand and machine surrounding lion exterior, and the character within continues to change.

The local person who lives this area is one of the inner parts characteristic of this shape.

Rim Ziyoung X Oliver Griem
Rim ZiYoung and Oliver Griem are media artists whose work are focused in Visual Media. Oliver Griem has continued his interest in Korean society and culture since his directorial debut in 1996 with the documentary People in Korea, and has been working with the theme of circulation of nature and the city. Rim ZiYoung’s work includes base subjects such as memory, unconsciousness, in which her work transitions into various themes. Recently she has been working on books about childhood memories that have been recorded by word and reformed through visual patterns. Collaborating in video installation, documentary and performance films, they also research and work in relation to Yong‐Sang U.S. Military Base as members of Gate 22.

Performance: Lyoneun Kwon
Costume·Prop: Sunghyun Ahn
Hand Shoesmaker: Hyuknam Kwon of Osso Korea
2) Foot print in Jungnim-dong by Jee Song
  • Performance "The story opens with the shoes" (20mins each) 
    11.00, 13.30, 15.00, 17.00, Friday 27 October
    11.00, 13.30, 15.00, 17.00, Saturday 28 October
    11.00, 13.30, 15.00, 17.00, Sunday 29 October
  • Sound-Mappping "Choose shoes, Listen to the story of the city and walk"
    14.30, 16.00, Friday 27 October
    14.30, 16.00, Saturday 28 October
    14.30, 16.00, Sunday 29 October 
    10.00–18.00, 31 October – 12 November
  • Pre-registration required Booking

In the showroom where various handmade artifacts and objects are installed, participants can talk with the 'shoe-sommelier' (actor) and have various conversations about shoes, or they can leave the exhibition hall and listen to the sound-map of a novelist composed of stories of 'Same Moment, Different Time' while walking around Jungrimdong.

Footprints in Jungnimdong consolidates the characteristics of the Jungnim area discovered through research into an exhibition hall. This space is a temporary 'showroom' where audiences and the local community come together. The space inside encompasses the 'past and present of Jungnimdong' through various mediums and works, and it explains the 'forgotten place' through the story of a journey surrounding a specific object.

"The story begins with shoes."

Jee Song
Currently living in Seoul, Jee Song is a visual artist working in Seoul and Ansan. She plans and conducts participatory art projects involving immigration - women, labor, space, and incidents of contemporary times, mainly through research and dialogue. Recently, she has made progress on projects like “Pattern of Ngoc” which focuses on the lives of ghost-like immigrants in Korean society through the death of a Vietnamese mail order bride in the Sewol Ferry disaster, as well as an encyclopedic project called “Death of a Stranger” that records the invisible deaths of immigrants using various media.

Text·Sound: Soohee Song
Performance: MyungHoon Yoo
Coordinator: Soohyeon Jeon
3) NEON x Seoul Shoe Street by Mark Nixon + Viliina Koivisto

In ”NEON x Seoul Shoe Street” NEON have collaborated with 4 local shoemakers from Yeomcheong to Shoe Street to develop a collection of 10 bespoke and customised shoes for 10 international design professionals. The aim of the project is to raise international awareness about the traditional maker area in Seoul and create a buzz around handmade Korean shoes.

NEON is an UK based architecture, art and design practice that is particularly experienced at producing public projects at an urban scale. Their work often engages with the public, transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary and creates moments of surprise and excitement. NEON is fascinated with initiating an emotional response, stopping people in their tracks and breaking the monotony of the everyday.

Project Seoul Apparel

  • Date and Time: 10.00–19.00, 2 September – 5 November (Closed on Mondays)
  • Venue: Changsin-dong Spinoff Gallery (Changsin-dong 630-1)

Project Seoul Apparel identifies the urgent issues facing the garment manufacturing business in Changsin-dong, a traditional textile quarter next to the ultra-modern Dongdaemun fashion retail district. The project proposes a better system that improves working environment and sustainable labour operation. Optimised in fast fashion of Dongdaemun market, the production capacity of this area relies on individual small size factories. Global artist groups of architects, fashion designers, urban researchers, and film makers, from Korea and United Kingdom, suggest provocative solutions through a local network of community governance.

Seoul Design Foundation Sewing Industry Support Team Joint Project
Advisor: Soon-ok Chun, Royal College of Arts Fashion Programme
Participating Artists

Luke Stevens
Luke Stevens is a designer living and working in London. Luke graduated from the Menswear Programme at the Royal College of Art in 2016. Recent exhibitions include Toilet Break, London Design Festival (2016); Modebelofte, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven (2016); FABRICLIVE, Averard Hotel, London (2016).

Marie Maisonneuve
Marie Maisonneuve is a French designer living and working in London. She graduated with a Masters in Menswear Knitwear at the Royal College of Art in 2016, Marie continues her practice freelancing for London Fashion Week. She has also taken part in exhibitions including, Modebelofte: Adaptive Traveler, Dutch Design Week (2016); Nomadic Fluidity, Performance show, Averard Hotel London (2016). Marie recently became involved with an exciting collaborative fashion label named CONGREGATION design.

Jongkwan Paik
Jongkwan Paik produces experimental films based on research with in-depth study of images. His film Cyclical Night (2016) received the Director’s Prize from Jeonju International Film Festival and the Jury Prize from Seoul Independent Film Festival. His documentary Unfold the Theater (2014) was screened at Seoul International Architecture Film Festival.

Jieun Lee
Jieun Lee(BSc, AA Dipl, ARB/RIBA) is an architect with experience in Korea and the UK. Emphasising qualities of 'attitude/principles/sensitivity', she has contributed to various public projects including House of YeeSang, Haedo Elderly Welfare Center, Gasan Community Center, Gumcheon Folly Park. Lee is principal of SSWA and adjunct professor at Korea National University of Arts.

Heeyoung Jung
Heeyoung Jung runs fashion brand, BUMPY GEORGETTE, which designs scenes for each concept, then manufactures and sells components of the space. Jung engages in production activities regardless of the space, craft or design area.

Seoyeon Cho
Seoyeon Cho is an architect and an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at Dankook University. He considers architecture that reflects the current time and space most rationally from the perspective of being a product of accumulated times and places.

Koo Young Han (Urban Hybrid)
Koo Young Han is an urban researcher who tries to combine big data and spatial data to analyse the complex city system. He continues to work with maps hosting and Recently, he received PhD in urban planning. His research is about analysing and describing local fashion industry networks in the Dongdaemun fashion cluster. He studied in Shared City Lab at GSES, SNU, and is a co-founder of Urban Hybrid.

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