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The Busan Biennale is a biannual international contemporary art show that integrated three different art events held in the city in 1998: the Busan Youth Biennale, the first biennale of Korea that was voluntarily organized by local artists in 1981; the Sea Art Festival, an environmental art festival launched in 1987 with the sea serving as a backdrop; and the Busan International Outdoor Sculpture Symposium that was first held in 1991. The biennale was previously called the Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival (PICAF) before it launched.

The biennale has its own unique attribute in that it was formed not out of any political logic or need but rather the pure force of local Busan artists’ will and their voluntary participation. Even to this day their interest in Busan's culture and its experimental nature has been the key foundation for shaping the biennale’s identity.

This biennale is the only one like it in the world that was established through an integration of three types of art events such as a Contemporary Art Exhibition, Sculpture Symposium, and Sea Art Festival. The Sculpture Symposium in particular was deemed to be a successful public art event, the results of which were installed throughout the city and dedicated to revitalizing cultural communication with citizens. The networks formed through the event have assumed a crucial role in introducing and expanding domestic art overseas and leading the development of local culture for globalized cultural communication. Founded 38 years ago, the biennale aims to popularize contemporary art and achieve art in everyday life by providing a platform for interchanging experimental contemporary art.


2016 Walking Cascade

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관리자 2016-08-23 11:37

작가OLTA
OLTA, <Walking Cascade>, iron, videotape, motor, roller, video, etc., Dimension variable, 2016

OLTA
Walking Cascade

OLTA is a group formed in 2009 by 6 Japanese artists who majored Painting at Tama Art University. Our daily life is swarming with massive amounts of information such as videos transmitted by the media. OLTA compares such experiences with digital media to a waterfall in <Walking Cascade>(2016). From the journey to reach the waterfall, panoramic views before the eyes, the sound of cascades falling, temperature, humidity, to the surrounding environment, we embrace the waterfall using all of our senses. In this context, the ‘filmed’ video can only be secondary. Through its new work, OLTA tries to visualize the accumulation and transformation of information in three ways – using the body of the artists as the creator of the video, using the body of the information receiver, and using the media that document and record. In this exhibition, OLTA carries out a performance inspired by Rokusai Nenbusu Odori, which is a Japanese Buddhist traditional folk dance farmers in West Japan danced while chanting a Buddhist prayer. Their forms and tradition vary, but mostly groups of several people visit from door to door in the village, dance all night to the sound of drums, bells and pipes. In the performance by OLTA, the members dance to the sound of their own voices and instruments made by objects easily found in typical homes. The installation is complete by the combination of filming the performance, repeat and play, and the audience’s moves.


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