Kyong Park: New Silk Roads
Kyong Park: New Silk Roads
New Silk Roads (NSR) is a multi-faceted urban research project that explores the nascent urban conditions emerging in rapidly expanding and transforming Asian cities and regions. Through a nomadic practice, Kyong Park has conducted a series of sequenced expeditions through transitional regions and cities between Istanbul and Tokyo, documenting his encounters of the people and landscape through photography, video, and audio/video interviews of local and international experts. The project is an examination of territorial conditions that constructs the interconnected system of the contemporary Asian landscape. Approaching urban cities as an ecology of built systems, structures and institutions, NSR presents alternate understandings of urban research and theory through artistic practice. NSR was first presented at Kyong Park: The New Silk Roads, at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León in Spain (2009-10), and was undertaken with the support of the Graham Foundation, the Visual Arts Department, the Division of Humanities and Arts, Academic Senate Research Funds at University of California San Diego, and University of California's Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA).
Kyong Park is associate professor at Department of Visual Arts in University of California San Diego, (from 2007) and the artistic director of Anyang Public Art Project 2010 in Anyang, South Korea (2009-2010). He was the founding director of Centrala Foundation for Future Cities in Rotterdam (2005-2006), a co-curator for Shrinking Cities Project in Berlin (2002-2004), the founding director of International Center for Urban Ecology in Detroit (1999-2001), a curator of Gwangju Biennale in South Korea (1997), the founder/director of StoreFront for Art and Architecture in New York (1982-98). His most recent exhibition is Kyong Park: The New Silk Roads, at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León in Spain, about his nomadic urban exploration between Tokyo and Istanbul (2009-10). A monograph titled Kyong Park: Nomadic Practice, will be published by Actar (Barcelona, 2010), and he has Urban Ecology; Detroit and Beyond (2005), a book on his urban and video projects from (1998-2004). He has exhibited in Kunst Werke, Berlin;, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; Museum am Ostwall Dortmund, Germany; Archilab, France; Badischer Kunstverein, Germany; Orbis, London; Venice Biennale 2008; Nam Jun Paik Art Center, Seoul. He was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University (1996/97) and a Visiting Chair of Urbanism at the University of Detroit Mercy (2000-2001).
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