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Kyong Park is an architect, artist, curator and theorist involved in a wide range of works including research, documentation, and representations focused on the urban landscapes that delineate the economic, political and cultural borders and territories of the contemporary social geography. For Park, art is a process of inquiry, examination and articulation of cultures, and a visual language of communication rather than a commodity of productions. Park incorporates text, photography, video, installation and new media into his works, a practice that is rooted in research, participation and activism in public spaces. His first project was the founding of the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, that he directed from 1982 to 1998. He then founded the International Center for Urban Ecology in Detroit, producing workshops, urban initiatives and videos, in collaboration with activists, community organizations and universities. The ICUE produced several videos among which "Detroit Making It Better For You", a narrative video on a fictional conspiracy to destroy the city [2000]; and "24260: The Fugitive House", a vacant house that 'escaped' Detroit to travel ten cities in Europe [2001-2008]. Since then, Park has traveled and worked in various cities in Europe, developing a nomadic practice of urban investigation. The results were: "The Slide", a proposal to build a transparent tube that people can slide through in an empty high-rise building in Halle Neustadt, and "BAR/GDR/FRG", a 3-channel video on the three different ideological cities within Dresden [2003]. Park is professor at the Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego.

Clips by Kyong Park

Strips including clips by Kyong Park

The Slide. Halle Neustadt, Germany
03:28 min

The Slide. Halle Neustadt, Germany

Published on Jan 15, 2015
Words, Images and Spaces. A Language for a New City?
04:40 min