OKin Apartment Project in Seoul
Okin OPEN SITE Realized by a group of artists interested in the aesthetic possibilities of play and commentary, Okin OPEN SITE, is a series of installations and interventions about the ongoing deconstruction and ramifications of the precarious Okin Apartments.Though the area is a dangerous construction site, there are still a handful... of residents living in the apartments as the demolition occurs. In this literal and conceptual grey zone, ideas about illegality, home, deconstruction and uncertainty form the basis of Okin OPEN SITE. This one-day art event is an invitation to view the last remaining blocks of the well known apartment complex before its complete deconstruction. Though it has a new name, Eco Park, the future of the Okin area is not yet known. In dispute over the demolition of the large scale housing site, is one of the last remaining residents, artist Hwayong Kim. The Okin Apartment complex, built in the early seventies, is nestled under the beautiful Mount Inwang and stream; the site was famously painted by a highly characteristic brush and ink painter in 18th century artist Gyeomjae Jeongseon.The artists involved in Okin OPEN SITE – Eunji Cho, Shiu Jin, Hwayoung Kim, Jooyoung Lee, Yuk King Tan, Joungmin Yi – create subtle interventions inside deserted and occupied apartments. The installations reveal different attitudes and facets of the Okin situation, and are made in quick consideration that the work may need to change as rapidly as the buildings disappear. For information about Okin OPEN SITE please refer to the Okin Apartment Project Blog(okinapt.blogspot.com).