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October 2021

Space is a specialized architectural monthly which was first published in 1966 and has been at the vanguard of covering the arts and culture scene here in Korea ever since. The magazine features not only architecture, but also diverse cultural and artistic activities across the spectrum of the fine arts. Space offers its readers a wide variety of architectural news throughout Korea, in Asia, and the world in general. Space has been officially listed on the Art & Humanities Citation Index of Thomson Reuters. 월간 SPACE는 1966년에 창간되어 한국의 건축문화 및 예술 분야를 아우르는 전문잡지로 성장하여 2008년 1월호 부터는 미국 톰슨로이터의 예술/인문학 인용색인에 등재되어 국제적으로도 인증 받는 건축전문잡지로서의 자리메김 하고 있습니다. 월간 SPACE는 미국 및 전세계 주요 국가의 서점 및 온라인을 통해 메거진을 구매 하실 수 있습니다. This is a bi-lingual title in English and Korean

South Korea
Space Magazine
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
korea’s modern and contemporary architectural history: ‘futures we have drawn: 100 years of korean modern architecture’

The exhibition ‘Futures We Have Drawn: 100 Years of Korean Modern Architecture’ is on show at Seoul National University Museum from Sep. 1 to Feb. 26, 2022. Upon entering the Special Exhibition Hall on the second floor, a blue wall resembling a blueprint extends through the space like a wave. On this wall, the 56 buildings representing each era from 1920 to 2000 are displayed in chronological order, impressions given of each example through approximately 200 documents featuring floor plans, photos, and sketches. Under the title ‘Learning and Replicating’ to refer to the period of the 1920 ‒ 1950s, one witnesses a time in which Korean architecture was preoccupied with the imitation of western architecture due to a lack of confidence in its own native architectural vocabulary. The drawings and…

1 min
the exploration by two architects of a ‘home’ for living: ‘homely talk, cho byoungsoo × choi wook’

The exhibition of duo Cho Byoungsoo (co-principal, BCHO Partners) and Choi Wook (principal, ONE O ONE architects) is on show at DDP D-SOOP since Sep. 2. Organised under the theme ‘Homely Talk’, this exhibition presents all our living spaces as homes and opens up about the lifestyles and episodes embedded in each one of them. The rationale behind drawing these two architects together, the curator of this exhibition Lim Jinyoung (principal, OPENHOUSE Seoul) explained that she wanted ‘to speak about architecture using homes as medium – which are not only the smallest units of architectural work but also individual worlds – and to share that narrative with architects who are pursuing the essence of Korean architecture’. Four thematic videos and two interview videos are presented in the exhibition hall. The video…

2 min
tri-bowl, an architectural space translated into art: ‘accumulation, sgraffito, expansion’

On show at Incheon Songdo until Sep. 17, ‘Accumulation, Sgraffito, Expansion’ was an exhibition exploring the contact points between architectural space and art, powered by the aim to discover how the former – when it deviates from the standard – can inspire the latter. The exhibition began with an ‘exhibition hall’; Yoo Kerl’s Tri-bowl was designed as an atypical pavilion to symbolise the new city, Songdo. While defining this space as a ‘monument to purposelessness’, the exhibition curator Jung Sookyeong proposed the governing concepts ‘Accumulation, Sgraffito, Expansion’ by focusing on the connection between the trio’s architectural activity of creating the Tri-bowl and connected artistic activity. By stressing the fact that a concrete building built with cutting-edge technology, such as the invertebrate shell structure, is still ultimately something built out of…

2 min
on the method of observing objects: ‘bumping surfaces’

Kim Kyoungtae is an artist who has spent a long time exploring ways of seeing objects through photography. By using a focus stacking technique that collates hundreds of photos of an object taken at different viewpoints, he has observed various things ranging from a medieval cathedral, pebble, nut, book, cube, and so on. His hyperrealistic photos capture microscopic scenes that are invisible to the naked eye from an objective viewpoint, coincidentally revealing a certain unreality embodied within the objects themselves. The corner of a building, the surface of an octangular nut, the rock structure of a pebblewhen these more mundane things are zoomed into and reproduced at a massive scale, we gain a new vision of looking at things. This is probably the reason why Kim’s photos are so popular…

2 min
the emergency escape route in our era made by art: ‘one escape at a time’

The 11th Seoul MediaCity Biennale, delayed for a year due to the global pandemic, opened on Sep. 8. This biennale, which was held at Seoul Museum of Art was directed by Yung Ma, the first foreign artistic director in the history of the Biennale. As he prepared the exhibition during the ongoing pandemic situation, Ma decided on the theme ‘escapism’. Inspired by the US sitcom ‘One Day at a Time’ in which contemporary issues such as racism, class, gender, migration, identity, and gentrification are addressed directly and discussed under the guise of comedy, Ma picked ‘One Escape at a Time’ as the title. By using a detour known as art, the 41 participating teams in this exhibition explore how an individual can voice one’s opinions regarding a range of social problems,…

1 min
the 13th seoul international architecture film festival: ‘designed for all’

The 13th Seoul International Architecture Film Festival (SIAFF) hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Korean Institute of Architects was held from Sep. 8 to 18. At this festival, 22 films from 14 countries were screened through cinecube Gwanghwamun and NAVER TV (online). The theme behind this year’s programme is ‘Designed for All’, and it consists of five sections that open up multiple perspectives on the contemporary architectural sites around the world. The opening film Kids of the Bims is a documentary about the Bijlmemeer, a.k.a ‘Bims’, the location of Amsterdam’s most diverse ethnic group. It tells the story of the fight against racism and inequality in Amsterdam, known as one of the most progressive cities and yet blighted by social problems. Seven films were screened as part of…