Introduction of festival theme

Ars Ludens: Sea+Art+Fun

The title of Sea Art Festival 2017 is ‘Ars Ludens,’ meaning ‘playful art,’ which appropriates Johan Huizinga’s term “Homo Ludens.” As Huizinga (1872~1945) characterizes a property of human being playful in his book Homo Ludens (1938), the Sea Art Festival this year focuses to exhibit art works playful and fun for all.

To be both artistic and fun, artworks should be able to draw a connection between people around the exhibition sites, Dadaepo seashore. The place has become a nearer one to get access for both locals and tourists who visit Busan, due to the opening of the extended subway line at ‘Dadaepo station’ last Spring. Therefore, the exhibition site on the wide seashore will become friendly and fun for all those people. Titled Ars Ludens: Sea+Art+Fun, the exhibition consists of two zones: Art Zone and Fun Zone. The two are planned to be highlighted by various connections to produce more ‘Spectacles’ in their ‘Simulacre,’ providing deeper ‘Sensations’ to the communities in Busan. (The Sea Art Festival 2017 would like to mirror the ‘fun’ spirit of Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens.)