STILL PLACES LEFT // Place and Perception - A Site-Specific Seminar

We would like to invite you to the "Place and Perception - A Site-Specific Seminar."

This email is to provide you with detailed information about the seminar, which will take place on the weekends of August 17th/18th and August 24th/25th, 2024, from 1 PM to 6 PM.

Registration via s.baek_

In this seminar, we will explore site-specific exhibitions, invite curators and artists for in-depth discussions, and visit various site-specific exhibitions in Berlin to discuss art and place with experts.

Guest Invitations:
1. Daniel Merritt

Daniel is the Curatorial Director at the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado, USA. He will share the history of the Aspen Art Museum, built in a repurposed hydroelectric power plant, and introduce site-specific exhibitions held there, followed by an open discussion with students.

2. Valentina Buzzi
Valentina is a curator who works between Korea and Europe. She will present "La Maison de La Lune Brûlée," a site-specific exhibition by artist Leebae at the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. She will also discuss the history of the Venice Biennale in a site-specific context and address the impact of socio-cultural differences between Europe and East Asia on art exhibitions.

3. Artist (TBD)
We are in discussions with artists Fabian Knecht, Klára Hosnedlová, Sung Tieu, Raul Walch, and Chansuk Choi. If you have any artist recommendations, please let us know.

Site-Specific Exhibition Visits in Berlin:
1. Diagonale 5
This exhibition is held at the decommissioned cemetery grounds at Torstrasse / Ecke Prenzlauer Allee. It features group works by approximately 20 artists, including five outdoor performances and flat, media, and installation works displayed in the Verwalterhaus. We will discuss the cemetery's history with the curator and hold an artist talk. The seminar tutors are also participating artists in this exhibition

2. Ebensperger Gallery (Pending Confirmation)
The gallery has operated in the former crematorium in Wedding since 2013 and recently renovated part of the Fichtebunker in Kreuzberg in 2023. We will visit the gallery to learn about exhibitions, operations, and the permitting process for site-specific spaces and engage in a Q&A session.

For more detailed information about the seminar's objectives and schedule, please refer to the link below.

Sincerely, Seunghoon Baek


Seunghoon Baek is a student in the 9th semester at the Department of Fine Arts at the UDK. And  in 2022, he completed his diploma studies in Media Art at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle/Saale. He has recently participated in several site-specific art projects in Germany. He defines a place based on Bourdieu's argument that spatial structures not only represent the world of a group but also represent the group itself. Furthermore, he considers the place and its surroundings as objects with historical, cultural, and political contexts and integrates these objects as materials into his artworks.

Anissah Chatha is a visual artist and poet. Her work includes writing, performance, sound and video work. She examines spaces of discrepancy in which the feeling of in-betweeness and the struggle for belonging manifest themselves. Always operating at the intersection of different cultural contexts, her works examine themes related to memory, loss, uprooting and regeneration. In performances she integrates ritual actions that have a strong symbolic-spiritual dimension. By combining body and symbolism, she gives her artistic expression a physical presence that fathoms the potential of authenticity.

Lasse Müller's installation works can be described as three dimensional "image-objects". They utilise the imaging processes of photography and computer-generated processes in order to arrive at a question of materiality and content, which emerges from the (painterly perspective of) observing a surface (texture). For the most part, taken from the urban environment or of entirely digital origin, the objects point to a specific past moment, which is reflected through traces like colouring of the former surroundings on the object and its representative reproduction in the exhibition space.

Shinoh Nam was born in South Korea and lives and works in Berlin. He received a Meisterschüler Diploma from Monica Bonvicini at the Universität der Künste in Berlin (2022) and previously studied Fine Art and Architecture at the Kunstakademie. Nam explores ruins and their depths already inherent in the things that desire has achieved in a structure that seems solid. Through this process, the meaning of the norm is dismantled, and the subject can resist it and question the Absurdities and Dogmas that exist in society. In particular, Nam uses the relationship between intuitive forms and fragments to induce the viewers to subjectively contemplate the architecture or structures of inner selves closely linked to the individual’s cognitive process and self-understanding.

Kihuun Park creates art that explores language and communication through a fusion of text, video, and performance. Grounded in thorough historical research, his work aims to expose the impacts of colonialism and dismantle prevailing power structures. Park is deeply committed to archival research as part of his artistic practice. His works have been showcased at various venues, such as the Monheim Triennale in Monheim, Germany, the New Media Award at the 22nd Seoul International ALT Cinema & Media Festival in Seoul, Korea, the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne, Germany, Deutschlandfunk in Cologne, Germany, and the NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf, Germany. Park is a graduate of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, holding a diploma in his field.