Overview of the Selection Process
Compared to last year, when the number of applicants dropped dramatically due to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, this year Arcus Studio saw a relatively large number—337 artists—apply. Having to choose three artists-in-residence from among the many candidates from around the world, with their diverse concepts and means of expression, necessitated lengthy deliberations and multiple rounds of careful selection. At first, 8 candidates were chosen based on a review by Arcus staff and myself. For the second round, internationally active curators Tobias Berger and Lisa Rosendahl, based in Hong Kong, Brazil and Sweden, each carried out individual appraisals of the candidates. Naturally, there were many similarities and differences between the judges’ opinions.

As each artist’s key concepts and interests are reflected differently in their respective practices, inevitably there exists no single standard of measure for artistic “quality”. Hence, the “selection” mentioned above was not only a selection of what Arcus Project should value or recognize in the artist’s practice, but also meant considering the important relationship between the proposals and Moriya city, where Arcus is located. Based on this process, the final candidates were selected according to three main points: (1) Whether the proposed work to be realized in Moriya would become a significant step in the development of the artist’s practice henceforth; (2) The project’s potential for critical research and deeper community engagement in Moriya; (3) The extent to which the proposal is fresh and meaningful, in the context of Arcus’ 20-year history hosting numerous artists and art projects.

The three artists who emerged after all selection criteria were considered were Özgür Demirci, Basir Mahmood and Eunju Yoo. While their chosen media are diverse, their work shares the quality of being conceptually based on research and dialogue, cutting across various contexts in contemporary society, offering us, those who live there, a new awareness. In three short months, it must not be easy to familiarize one’s body and senses to a place one has just started living, to explore ideas there and refine them into production. I hope that all those who engage them in dialogue—either casual conversations, chance encounters, or else direct and earnest discussion and exchanges—nourish their thoughts, and become part of their inspiration.

All text written by Che Kyongfa (Guest Curator 2012)
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by arcus4moriya | 2012-08-29 10:00 | AIR | Comments(0)
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