New Silk RoadsKyong Park
CuratorMuseo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León
Aug 11, 2009 to Jan 10, 2010
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
New Silk Roads 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.
Kyong Park is associate professor of public culture at Department of Visual Arts in University of California San Diego. He was the founding director of Centrala Foundation for Future Cities in Rotterdam (2005-06) and a founding member of "Lost Highway," a mass expedition through nine cities in the Western Balkans (2006). He was the editor of Urban Ecology: Detroit and Beyond, published in 2005, and a co-curator of "Shrinking Cities" in Berlin. He has also served as the founding director of International Center for Urban Ecology in Detroit, a curator of the 1997 Kwangju Biennale in South Korea, and he was the founder/director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York.
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