The Sea Art Festival 2015 germinates seeds of the arts at Dadaepo Beach
- making an artistic field under the theme¡®See – Sea & Seed¡¯ -
The ¡®Sea Art Festival 2015¡¯ is being held for thirty days from September 19 to October 18 at Dadaepo beach.
The Busan Biennale Organizing Committee has completed its installation of art works and is ready to welcome visitors with various festival events.
The contemporary art festival, covering a variety of genres with thirty four art works from sixteen countries
Artistic Director Sung-Ho KIM has invited each artist to display art works under the same roof. Under the theme ¡®See – Sea & Seed¡¯, the director designed Dadaepo Beach into four sections: 1) Scattering Seeds, 2) Germinating Seeds, 3) Growing Seeds, 4) Growing Sea.
The Festival consists of a main exhibition and a special exhibition with the Grand Kites installation performance. The Festival tells a story how planted seeds of arts are germinated into an artistic field under the idea of ¡°natural growth.¡± Thirty four art works of artists or teams from sixteen countries have participated in the festival. The art works cover various genres of contemporary art unlike other sea art festivals to provide diverse attractions to enjoy.
Famous Korean domestic artists are also participating in the festival. The world-class media artist Lee-Nam Lee reflects lasers on the ridge of Molundae while Young-Won Kim¡¯s 8-meter-long sculpture welcomes visitors at the center of the beach. Myoung-Ho Lee has installed canvases behind rocks in the sea and Duck-Hyun Cho is doing performance based on animism in the transformed space of ¡®Dadaepo¡¯.
Participatory art works and communication with visitors by performances
The Sea Art Festival 2015 gives visitors a unique chance to enjoy the arts with participatory art works. A number of participatory art works, including <Wish Tree> by Yoko ONO, will be at the festival. In Andy Dewantoro¡¯s <One Hundred People> visitors are engaged by photographs of themselves and in <Butterflies>, a painting performance by Sun Choi, visitors blow paints on an empty canvas. The participatory art works invite visitors to communicate with the arts. Artists¡¯ performances will also make the festival be more lively than ever. Duck-Hyun Cho will play an excavation performance through his art work <Visible Invisibility>. Jong-Kyun Lee plays a participatory performance, giving visitors an opportunity to be part of the art work by lifting mesh bags for themselves.
A Cultural Festival Amidst the Unique Cultural Heritage of Busan
Launched in 1987, the Sea Art Festival has been a unique natural environment art festival with beaches in Busan as well as a cultural festival. The Sea Art Festival is being held at Dadaepo beach for the first time, following past festivals at Haeundae beach, Gwanganri beach and Songdo beach. This shows the dynamics of Busan that developed the Busan Youth Biennale which naturally created the Busan Biennale. The festival seeks to sow the seeds of the arts in the culturally isolated western part of Busan.
The Sea Art Festival 2015, germinating seeds of the arts at Dadaepo beach, is held from September 19 to October 18.