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Sojin Kim is an independent curator whose work focuses on art in public space.

Sojin Kim is an independent curator based in Vancouver, Canada. Kim obtained her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2013. Kim’s curatorial practice focuses on transnational identity and the formation of identity in relation to public spaces. Aside from curating, Kim works as an arts educator who educates children and youth about contemporary art. Kim's long term goal is to provide free, accessible education for the public.

Cinema Behind The Orange Gate
ExhibitionNovember 30–December 30, 2014
Public Storage663 Terminal Ave, Vancouver

Curator/Artist TalkNovember 18,
3–5 pm 2014
Yoo Byungseo graduated from the Korea National University of Arts, and currently leads the Miwansung Project, based in Seoul. He is also well-known for his participation in Korea’s controversial reality TV show, Art Star Korea, broadcast in March–May 2014. The show featured fifteen contestants, a celebrity host and a panel of powerful arts professionals tasked with evaluating and eliminating one artist per week based on their ability to create modern art in response to specific challenges. In the end, only a single shimmering “Bright Future”1—Shin Jae-Hyun—survived to collect the million dollar cash prize and coveted “art star” title. Yoo Byungseo was one of the top three finalists whose work was later exhibited at the Seoul Museum of Art, along with Shin’s award-winning performance piece.

Disposable Cinema (2014) was first presented on Art Star Korea in a segment requiring a group of five artists (including Yoo) to execute works on the theme of “temporary life”; after the exhibition, all the artworks were purposely discarded. Yoo’s Disposable Cinema is a complex paper folioscope (flipbook), constructed out of one long strip of paper and a collection of found materials—plastic bottles, styrofoam, paper cups, and wooden boxes—plus two sheets of paper laid one on top of the other on the floor. Water dripping from a plastic bottle suspended from the ceiling causes the strip of paper to slowly turn, activating the apparatus and causing the pages on the floor (one of which says “disposable” and the other, “cinema”) to slowly and feebly lift and fall. The pages turn until all the water drains out of the bottle and the machine stops moving; then the pages are abandoned.

This short-lived piece is being shown in Vancouver at Public Storage, a modern garbage dump of sorts, where people come to store the junk that clutters up their lives. Unlike all the other objects in storage, however, Disposable Cinema is the only one that forlornly continues its lonely mechanical labour behind the orange gate.

Public Storage is a real estate investment trust (REIT), self— described as “among the largest landlords in the world.”2 As an exhibition space, Public Storage is entirely unique, as it lacks and even neglects any notions of productivity and movement. Without windows or a proper ventilation system, Public Storage is inadequate for human habitation, suited solely for the display of unused—even useless—objects.

Situating Yoo’s art inside Public Storage emphasizes the futility of the arts within our widespread “corporatized” real estate/land development system, believed by some to be stifling the development of a vital arts economy in Vancouver.

Taking this idea as a curatorial cue, the installation also offers opportunities for discussion about Art Star Korea, itself a transitory and eccentric form of public art.

Artist Info Yoo Byungseo graduated from the Korea National University of Arts. He is the leader of an ongoing artists’ initiative, Miwansung Project, and has exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as Seoul Museum of Art, SeMA Nanji Residency (Seoul), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Residency (Changdong), slowRush Platform (Incheon), Arco Museum (Idaho), and Zeroone Center (New York).

1Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea, (LACMA, 2009), featured some of Korea’s most significant emerging and established artists working on the cutting edge of the international art scene. Curated by Kim Sunjung, Director/Curator of Samuso, the exhibit included works by Kimsooja, Bahc Yiso, Do Ho Suh, Choi Jeong-Hwa, Gimhongsok, Jeon Joonho, Kim Beom, Koo Jeong-A, Minouk Lim, Jooyeon Park, Haegue Yang, and Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries.
Photo and Video credit: Byron Dauncy