Art&Market Project is a collaborative project made during SAP2009 residency program held at the old open - type Korean market - in Seoksu, a periphery of the Anyang city which itself is a part of wider Seoul metropolitan area. The SAP2009 residency program explained in its application guidelines that the location and the context of the residency is the old, low income populated Seoksu market which is planned to be destroyed by the urban redevelopment project led by the city of Anyang.
Our initial proposal was to continue our work and research we have been working on previously and which was engaged in the relationships of art and art legislatives, as well as relationships of art and market. This was our starting point, but we also considered some changes to the project after the introduction with the locality of the SAP2009 residency program. After we came and spent some time in the area, as well as started our research, we got introduced to the local issues that shifted the direction of our project to a more site specific one. The project we realized in the course of two months consists of two forums open to the public which were held at the Stone&Water Gallery. First forum was titled Art Contracts & Artists Rights and it explored the legal rights of authors in transactions of ownership of their work, as well as the positions art takes in relation to the market. The second forum was titled Gentrification & Public Art and it explored the public space as politically charged one, as well as public art - a practice that participates in the social realm and is thus exceptionally responsible for the consequences of its actions - but it also explored the possible subversive political potential of arts.
The presentation of the texts was followed by the discussions with the audience and invited guests. Another part of our project, which was meant to address the local experiences and issues in regard to the gentrification processes and public art, were two interviews we made with directors of two alternative art spaces in Korea. Our approach to the SAP2009 project was to initiate discussions about the position of arts within the social and economical processes, to work on recontextualization of art itself, as well as to provoke critical thinking about the public space and relations of power inherent in it.
The last part of our project consists of the documentation presented in two forms, one being this website and another being the newspapers that both document and further the communication started trough our research.
This project is not a finished work, as well as it is not a finished research, it is simply a stage for discussion and exchange of the ideas related to these topics. It is our plan to further our research within these topics and this is in many ways just a first step. We have tried, among other things, to define our own parameters in which we are willing to participate in the art world.