architect minsuk cho, founder of the seoul-based firm mass studies, will speak about his architectural and curatorial projects to date and will be joined in conversation by artist, architect, curator, and urban theorist kyong park, professor of public culture at the university of california, san diego.
please join us for an invigorating talk on architecture, cultural production, urbanism, and politics within and outside south korea by these two internationally renowned practitioners.
organized by gyopo
space is limited; rsvp recommended
this event is free; $10 suggested donation to gyopo
the talk will be held semi-outdoors; please bring a light jacket or sweater
minsuk cho founded the seoul-based firm mass studies in 2003. he has been committed to the discourse of architecture through socio-cultural and urban research, and mostly built works, which have been recognized globally. representative works include the pixel house, missing matrix, bundle matrix, shanghai expo 2010: korea pavilion, daum space.1, tea stone/innisfree, southcape, dome-ino, and the recently completed daejeon university student dormitory. in march 2018, mass studies’ design was announced as the winning proposal for the new seoul cinematheque competition. active beyond his practice, he co-curated the 2011 gwangju design biennale, and was the commissioner and co-curator of the korean pavilion for the 14th international architecture exhibition – la biennale di venezia, which was awarded the gold lion for best national participation. in late 2014, plateau samsung museum of art, seoul, held their first ever architecture exhibition, highlighting his works in a solo exhibition titled "before/after: mass studies does architecture." cho is an active lecturer and speaker at symposiums worldwide.
kyong park is professor of public culture at the university of california, san diego (since 2007); the founding director of storefront for art and architecture in new york (1982–98), international center for urban ecology in detroit (1998–2001), and centrala foundation for future cities in rotterdam (2005–06); a curator of gwangju biennale (1997); and artistic director and chief curator of anyang public art project (2010) in korea. he had a solo exhibition titled “kyong park: new silk roads” (2009–10) at the museo de arte contemporaneo de castilla y león in spain; has exhibited in group exhibitions at the kunsthalle in graz, deichtorhallen in hamburg, kunst werke in berlin, and nam june paik art center in seoul; and edited the book urban ecology: detroit and beyond (2005). his recent project was “imagining new eurasia,” a sequence of three research art exhibitions that visualized the continental and urban structure of the continent, inspecting the contemporary and historical relations between east and west. the project was commissioned by, and exhibited at, the asian culture center in gwangju, south korea in 2015–18.