Kyong Park

30 Nov 2016


Kyong Park.

Kyong Park is an architect, artist, urban theorist, and activist, whose research and artistic practice focus on urban landscapes and contemporary social geography. His first project was the founding of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, which he directed from 1982–98. 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. They include: 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 10 cities in Europe (2001–08). His project New Silk Roads, a series of expeditions between Istanbul and Tokyo, focused on the relational conditions of Asian cities within the geography of globalization, and was presented in a solo exhibition at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León in 2009–10. He was the artistic director/curator of Anyang Public Art Project 2010 in Korea, where he curated 30 projects and commissioned 23 international artists, including Suzanne Lacy, Marjetica Potrc, Rick Lowe, Raumlabor, Lot-ek, Mass Studies, and Chan-Kyong Park. Park is currently a professor of visual arts at the University of California, San Diego. He served as a 2014 Center Exhibitions & Public Interpretation panelist.