▲ Tizo All believes that anyone can bring art into their lives. Photos courtesy KEAF
“2014 Jeju International Experimental Arts Festival (JIEAF) opens on Friday, Oct. 24 at various sites across Seogwipo until Wednesday, Oct. 29. From Seogwipo Arts Center, Lee Jung Seop Street, Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market, Seogwipo Art Battery Station and other Seogwipo locations.
The event expanded to Jeju last year from Hongdae, Seoul, as 100 artists from 15 countries were welcomed. In moving to Seogwipo, the event sought a change in its audience, even in its themes and approaches as various performances were held at the beach, a tangerine farm and Seogwipo Olle Market, as well as street exhibitions on Lee Jung-seop Street.
The event is democratic in nature and this year the theme is “Life is Art” as artists take a critical look at modern society. Tizo All, a Brazilian artist, said at last year’s event that “anyone can make their lives art,” encapsulating the event’s sentiment.
The events and locations are diverse in order to maximize interaction and audiences. Below is an introduction to the events and their locations.
Location 1 Outdoor Stage at Seogwipo Arts Center
Seogwipo Arts Center Opening Ceremony Performance
Oct. 24 3-5 p.m.
Seogwipo’s largest and busiest performing arts venue, the Arts Center opened in June this year and is a focal point of cultural activities in the community.
Location 2 Barefoot Art Parade & 'The Dinner of Gods’
The First Seogwipo City Hall (starting point) → Ilho Gwangjang Square → Jungang-ro → Ocean
Palace Hotel (Judging Point) → Jungjeong-ro (the road in front of Maeil Ole Market) → Lee Jung-seop Street → Soldongsan-ro → Jaguri Arts Park (Final point)
Oct. 25 4-6 p.m.
The parade will be a creative cornerstone of what has became Korea’s most famous parade. All participants including artists will represent gods as part of Jeju’s shamanist tradition and anyone who wants to take part is asked to congregate at the starting point,
Location 3 Lee Jung-seop Street Area
Oct. 26 2-6 p.m.
A wide variety of performances will be held here and it is also on the main parade route.
Location 4 The old Seogwipo Touring Theater site on Lee Jung-seop Street
Oct. 26 14:0 ~ 18:0
The roofless theater has become a leading arts space and diverse performances and contest awards ceremonies will be held here.
Location 5 Front Yard of Lee Jung-seop Art Museum
Oct. 26 2-5 p.m.
A variety of performances including music, dance and mime will be held here.
Location 6 Lee Jung-seop Outdoor Exhibition Area
Oct. 13 to Nov. 14 Outdoor Exhibition
Participating artists will have their work displayed here.
Location 7 Seogwipo Arts Battery Station
Oct. 24 to 29 Indoor Exhibition ‘A Look Back At 2013’
Oct. 27 to 28 Healing Workshop
Oct. 29 JIEAF 2014 Closing Ceremony Performance
Seogwipo Arts Battery Station is one of the main locations for the festival and has been renovated to be a center for the arts, people and the community.
Location 8 Seogwipo Maeil Ole Traditional Market
4-6 p.m., Oct. 26
Performances will be held at the biggest and oldest traditional market in Seogwipo to help stimulate the local economy and benefit local residents.
2014 Jeju International Experimental Arts Festival
“Life is Art“
Friday Oct. 24 to Wednesday Oct. 29
Seogwipo Arts Center, Lee Jung Seop Street, Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market, Seogwipo Art Battery Station and other Seogwipo locations.
Contact : Kim, Ji-Yeong 064-738-5855 or firstname.lastname@example.org
JIEAF always targets local participation working alongside art and cultural groups from Korea and abroad and many interactive workshops will be held to maximize public participation. Exploration of natural theme’s and interaction with the local community will this mark this year’s event.
As at last year’s event, despite the initial unfamiliarity of experimental art, the performers will seek to blur the boundaries between artists and the public by inviting members of the community to not only witness, but actively collaborate in the creation of art over the course of the six days.
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