Date : 17-09-20 15:33
[Press release] Sea Art Festival 2017 started under the theme of 'Ars Ludens: Sea+Art+Fun'
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Sea Art Festival 2017 started under the theme of
'Ars Ludens: Sea+Art+Fun'

 Theme: Ars Ludens: Sea+Art+Fun 
 Period: Sep. 16 — Oct. 15, 2017 (30 days)
 Venue: Dadaepo Beach, Busan
 Artistic Director: Do, Tae-Keun (Prof. of Silla Univ.)
 ArtistsArtworks: 41 artworks of 41 artists (teams) from 11 countries
 Composition: Exhibition, Academic Program, Event Program

Exhibition Tour at the Press Opening
Shane Bradford, Agalma Two Halves

The Sea Art Festival 2017 is being held for thirty days from September 16 to October 15 at Dadaepo beach.

Held on Dadaepo Beach the second time following the exhibition in 2015
The Sea Art Festival 2015 held on Dadaepo Beach invigorated the culturally marginalized area in the western part of Busan, attracting a total of 213,748 visitors, and also recorded the highest rating in the evaluation of visual arts field supported by the national treasury. Again, this year, the Sea Art Festival 2017 is being held on Dadaepo Beach — which has taken a big step closer to the public with the opening of the Busan metro station in the area in the spring of this year — with excitement and anticipation to enrich the art and cultural life of the public.

Introducing playful contemporary art under the theme of playful art
The Sea Art Festival 2017 wishes to transcend the bias that contemporary art is challenging, and focus on the playful attributes of art. The theme of the exhibition, 'Ars Ludens', emphasizes the fact that there are playful elements in the art produced by the human kind of the present age, that is, the descendants of Homo Ludens. More than 41 artworks of diverse genres including sculpture, installation and video exhibited in the Sea Art Festival 2017 surprise the audience with playful experiences.

Exhibition Tour at the Press Opening
Tae In Kim, Accidental inflation

The rebirth of Dadaepo Beach as a place of realized imagination
As an unparalleled form of exhibition, unique in the world, spreading out on Busans seashore, the Sea Art Festival emphasizes the site-specificity of the sea. The space of 'the sea' is a place that arouses the human imagination of the unknown, as well as the spirit of exploration and challenge. Several artworks that fuel the imagination of visitors will be exhibited in the backdrop of the sea at the Sea Art Festival 2017, reinventing Dadaepo Beach as a space where new imaginations become manifest.

The visual play of familiar objects: From everyday life to art
The Sea Art Festival 2017 sheds light on the invisible gap between everyday life and art, and presents artworks that reinvent the common everyday objects into unique artworks. The Sea Art Festival 2017 hopes to contact the public intimately at the very grounds of everyday life through such visual play in public art, and also invite the audience to a world of new artistic experiences.

Artworks meditating on nature and environment
As a natural environment art festival, the Sea Art Festival has consistently exhibited artworks that reflect the perspective of nature both as an exhibition venue as well as a constituent element of the locality of Busan. The Sea Art Festival 2017 thus presents artworks that meditate on nature and environment.

The discursive understanding of playful art through academic programs
The Sea Art Festival 2017 presents a more multilayered academic program than the previous year. In order to facilitate the discursive understanding of playful art, the programs include an academic symposium for professionals, artists talks bringing the participating artists and the audiences together, and open seminars conducted through real time streaming. In particular, many are looking forward to this years academic symposium, which presents a professor Jin Joong-kwon from Dongyang University. Another remarkable program is the public Agora lectures and the matching program, which is a mentoring-style workshop that brings together young artists and theorists, critics and curators.

Art Mate Program of Sea Art Festival 2017

Various programs with the participating artists
The Sea Art Festival 2017 presents a variety of programs with the participating artists through art mate, artists talk and other educational programs. Art mate invites the audiences to a hands-on experience in the process of installing the artworks, communicating with the artists and sharing their moment of inspiration transforming into an artworks. As a part of the academic program, the artists talk brings together the audiences with Korean and international artists and open up the channel of communication between them. In addition, education and hands-on programs will take place every weekend and during Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving holidays), allowing the visitors to experience the sensations of play.

Urban Regeneration through art: Toward the Revitalization of Busans western region
The Busan Biennale Organizing Committee has successfully produced the effects of urban regeneration through art in various regions of Busan, with Busan Biennale held in the even years, and the Sea Art Festival held in the odd years. The typical examples of such endeavors include F1963 (in the former KISWIRE Suyeong Factory), as well as an exhibition on Dadaepo Beach in 2015, on Songdo Beach in 2013, and in Busanjin Station and Jwacheon apartment in 2012. The Busan Biennale Organizing Committee hopes to invigorate Busans western region through art and culture and communicate with the local people by holding the sea art festival on Dadaepo Beach once again this year.

Details of the Sea Art Festival 2017 is being consistently posted on the Busan Biennale official website. (