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BARIM is a cross-genre collective of artists who are based in Gwangju, currently a media space, working studio, and open art district in Gwangju, Korea. Established in October, 2013, and opened in Spring 2014, Barim deals with abstract to physical genres of the arts. Barim aims to focus on “process-based” works beyond existing genres of the arts, to create a community of artists, local citizens, and audience, and to support cultural and artistic exchanges between local and international artists through research. It also sets a goal to intervene and transcend different genres of the arts and to focus on process and discussion rather than completion.
Current open call: “Research Shaping 2019” is a research project by Barim in 2019. The title contains various themes on symbols, signs, attitudes, forms, concepts, performativity, and more of contemporary art, and this project supports contemporary artists who approach to art in an abstract, formative, performative, theoretical, and critical way that they can show the process of it.
For the last five years, barim has organized this kind of projects under the title of ‘residency.’ The reason they don’t use that title this year is that they think ‘research’ as a method and its ‘process’ are more important than ‘residency’ itself which connotes the meaning of ‘living.’ Also, they consistently have questioned the system of residency, and still have no answer. They have seen that residency in Korea becomes the very promotional means and alternative labor for central and local governments, and for some people who have spaces could curate so-called programs with the convenient title of residency. Also sometimes residency seems to be needed only as an additional line of CV, but at the same time for some artists, residency is an opportunity to deepen their works. In all these, the organisers think only the very latter one is significant and important.
Therefore, barim aims to suggest a project with curation, rather than an opportunistic title called a residency. Residency is eventually about supporting space and artist fee. Thus the things they support stay the same, but they want to create a place to share a process even if it does not end with the forms of exhibition nor performance.
Barim invites research-based contemporary artists in all genres such as visual art, performing art, curatorial, film, design, theory, music, critic, and more. They support artists who can utilize time and situation of the residency to pursue research and process-based practice, but it doesn’t have to be site-specific nor space-specific. The final showcase can be anything from exhibition, performance, presentation, workshop to guerilla project. Their exhibition hall is rather small, and the showcase might be with other artists as well, so selected artists are encouraged to be flexible with a process of art-making and expression.
Exhibition (mandatory), workshop to local audience (if possible).
They offer free accommodation for artists. A 3-bed room house will be offered to all participating artists. A single room will be offered to an individual artist with shared bathroom and kitchen.
Participants can use any place as their studios. They have an open hall, Goshiwon rooms, roof, basement, and more. Participants can work/exhibit/screen/perform in Goshiwon with much freedom to renovate the whole space. It is also possible to work with high school students, collaborate with local artists, do workshops, and other various ways to reach to the community.
Located in the heart of Gwangju city, right next to the new art center.
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