In The Meantime [City Within The City – Gertrude Contemporary]

Installation View - City Within the City - Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia, 2012 - Photo by JAKE WALKER
Installation View – City Within the City – Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia, 2012 – Photo by JAKE WALKER

 

Installation View - City Within the City - Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia, 2012 - Photo by JAKE WALKER
Installation View – City Within the City – Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia, 2012 – Photo by JAKE WALKER

 

 

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City Within The City – Gertrude Contemporary

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City Within the City

EXHIBITION DATES: 5 October – 7 November 2012
OPENING: Friday 5 October, 6-8pmABRAHAM CRUZVILLEGAS (MEXICO), NAYLA DABAJI AND ZIAD BITAR (LEBANON), ALICIA FRANKOVICH (AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND), EMIL GOH (AUSTRALIA / MALAYSIA), JINYEOUL JUNG AND CHANGMO AHN (SOUTH KOREA), YEONDOO JUNG (SOUTH KOREA), ASH KEATING (AUSTRALIA), KIM BEOM (SOUTH KOREA), JOOYOUNG LEE (SOUTH KOREA), MINOUK LIM (SOUTH KOREA), LISTEN TO THE CITY (SOUTH KOREA), ANDREW MCQUALTER (AUSTRALIA), PART-TIME SUITE (SOUTH KOREA), HYUNSUK SEO (SOUTH KOREA), HAEGUE YANG (SOUTH KOREA), JUN YANG (TAIWAN), SUYEON YUN AND JINYOUNG KOH (SOUTH KOREA)
CURATORIUM: ALEXIE GLASS-KANTOR, EMILY CORMACK (GERTRUDE CONTEMPORARY) WITH SUNJUNG KIM, CLAUDIA PESTANA, HYEJIN LIM (ART SONJE/SAMUSO)

With the majority of the world’s population dwelling in cities, it is not just our bodies that are contained within urban commercial and industrialized zones, but our imaginations as well. City Within the City examines how through activating urban spaces, we might engender them as sites for creative expression, transgression and resistance.

Co-curated by Gertrude Contemporary and Artsonje Center, Seoul, City Within the City features seventeen Australian and international artists whose works reveal the personal, fictional, composite and re-purposed narratives that arise when human subjectivity encounters the built environment.
Presented initially at Art Sonje, Seoul in November 2011, City Within the City at Gertrude Contemporary includes major new installation works by Australian artists Ash Keating, Alicia Frankovich and Andrew McQualter, as well as a selection of key works from the estate of Emil Goh.City Within the City also comprises significant works by internationally acclaimed artists Haegue Yang, Kim Beom and Minouk Lim, among many others. The works draw on literature, architecture, landscape urbanism and cinema history in their examination of  political and social theory that underscores the relationship between human subjectivity and the urban environment.

City Within the City was first presented at Artsonje Centre (11 November 2011 –15 January 2012) as a flagship cultural project for the diplomatic Year of Australia – South Korea Friendship. This second iteration of the exhibition is a site-specific reimagining of the City Within the City curated for the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2012.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of ARKO funding to support collaborative group Part-time Suite’s 4 week residency in Australia to make new work for the exhibition.
This exhibition has also been made possible with support from Russell Investments and Cake Industries.

City Within The City – Artsonje Center

CITY WITHIN THE CITY

Artsonje Center, Seoul
12 November 2011–15 January 2012
Opening: November 11, 2011, 6pm

http://www.artsonje.org

※ Participating Artists
Abraham CRUZVILLEGAS, Nayla DABAJI and Ziad BITAR, Alicia FRANKOVICH, Emil GOH, Jinyeoul JUNG and Changmo AHN, Yeondoo JUNG, Ash KEATING, KIM Beom, Jooyoung LEE, Minouk LIM, Listen to the City, Andrew MCQUALTER, Part-time Suite, Hyunsuk SEO, Haegue YANG, Jun YANG, Suyeon YUN and Jinyoung KOH
City Within the City acknowledges cities and urban areas as a prevalent way of life for a large portion of the world’s population today. Approaching cities not as mere statistical entities, this exhibition examines the issues that arise from regarding them as agglomerations of people established over time. As such, they can be experienced as sites of reciprocal action between built environments – historically, geographically and administratively determined – where human subjectivities appear in constant physical, psychological and intellectual reconfiguration.

This first version of City Within the City presented at Artsonje Center, reflects Seoul’s urban structure. The dynamic metropolis Seoul has become bears traces from the impact of industrialization, the devastation of the Korean War, reconstruction under postwar and Cold War regimes, and its emergence as a world presence due to economic growth. These complex factors influence the dynamics specific to the commercial and industrialized zones of Seoul. Increasingly contained within these governmentally and politically demarcated areas, what possibilities for creativity, transgression and resistance exist for the human body, imagination and memory?

City Within the City charts the remembered, fictional, expected and resisted cities as they are publicly and privately negotiated by the individual. Questioning the consequences of and presenting alternatives to formal governmental configurations of city development, several works in the exhibition provide resources and open platforms to reconsider urban spaces as increasingly active sites for creative investigation and transgression.

The works featuring in City Within the City adopt parallel and tangential ways to address different points of friction, misalignments, and moments open to re-imagining existing circumstances. Through this process, the exhibition offers itself as a site for widening the possibilities for engagement with the cities within our cities.